We all deserve to age in comfort and with dignity, wherever we live.

March 24, 2021 1:13 am

Over a generation, the needs and expectations of our ageing parents and grandparents – and those who care for them – have exceeded the resources made available to them. As highlighted in the recent Royal Commission in to Aged Care, as a country, we must face the hard questions about properly supporting our older generation.

We have talked about this for years and working in the industry we think and say this everyday, but…. It’s time for change. It’s time to fight for a world-class, rights-based aged care system that meets the needs of older Australians now and into the future. It’s time to care about aged care.

With more than 20 inquiries and reports over a period of 20 years, we are only now, truly addressing the systematic problems that exist in our Aged Care Industry. The report from the Royal Commission has identified that safe and uniform care is required across the Aged Care sector. The Royal Commission’s findings make reference to an ‘ageist mindset’ that undervalues older people and pervades many parts of the community.

Waitlists for government-subsidised services, workforce ethics, inadequate funding and financing for the Aged Care industry are only some of the many challenges faced by Australia’s Aged Care System.

The report reveals that services are unable to cope with increasing demand across the residential aged care and home and community care sectors. National benchmarking confirms that the majority of residential aged care facilities – notably across rural communities, are working at a loss, beyond capacity, stretching staff budget allocations, resulting in unsustainable operations.

McLean Care works diligently to offer both high quality and sustainable services across the regional and rural heartland we service. We are tremendously proud of all of our staff at McLean Care. For the job that they do and their readiness to respond to changing circumstances. But we cannot do this alone.

We need new system settings around policy, outcomes, regulation and resourcing to enable and support providers to deliver the best care possible for older Australians. The Royal Commissions provides an opportunity to ‘FIX’ the aged care system for ever and highlights the targets for meaningful improvement.

We welcome the Government’s commitment to invest $190 million to residential care providers and we eagerly await to the Government’s response to the 148 recommendations made by the Royal Commission.

The time to act is now. You can play your part by supporting the “It’s Time to Care About Aged Care” campaign and signing the petition and showing that YOU believe that it is time to care about aged care in Australia to ensure all older people are supported and enabled to live their lives with dignity.