While some of the recent 2018 -2019 Federal Budget announcements include the following:
- an additional 14,000 high-level home care packages over the next four years
- the release of 13,500 residential aged care places and 775 short term restorative care places in the 2018-19 Aged Care Approvals Round with $60 million in capital investment to support new places
- $82.5 million over four years for mental health services for people in residential aged care, and
- $32.8 million over four years to deliver palliative care in residential aged care,
there has been mixed response from industry and peak bodies.
Leading Aged Services Australia (LASA), one of the nation’s leading aged care peak bodies, openly admits that while the 2018-19 Federal Budget is a “step in the right direction” for older Australians and the age services industry, there is still “much more work to do.
The issue of an ageing population and the increased need for aged care services delivered at home, can’t still be a surprise to anyone. It is however the staggering expenditure that is required, to meet the needs of Australia’s aging population, in a competing landscape of budget priorities which continues to be a challenge for the current and future Australian governments.
What do you do, when there is no room at the inn? Build new inn? Convert your barn?
The Aged Care Guide article available from the link below, outlines the concerns of the aged care industry that this Budget does not adequately address. These include the growing complexity of residents’ needs, the changing consumer and community expectations, and the rising operational costs facing resident care providers.
We can remain blissfully ignorant of aged care issues, until we ourselves face the reality of caring for our loved ones and realise that there while there are a range of support services, there is also a complex web of administration and huge deficient of residential care options available.
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