Government in Australia has increasingly
outsourced responsibility for aged care to
‘for profit’ providers. This is an unsuccessful
strategy. Better funding and oversight of
performance is required but more basic
changes may be necessary.
People admitted to aged care are unable to
manage essential processes of daily life and
need full support. Home care is increasingly
sought, reflecting dissatisfaction with
institutional care and the demographic shift
to an older population. Home care is also
under increasing pressure.
This has been a problem for years, and the
pandemic has exposed it totally. We need
major change. As a community we must also
invest more in educating ourselves about
increasing longevity and fund this by getting
the better community value from a growing,
capable and experienced older population.
Many people remain well and with the
potential to remain in paid work much longer
than the traditional ‘retirement’ age of 65
while they are still Able. If paid work is not
for them, ‘in kind’ work like volunteering and
grandparenting provides economic and
health benefits. Community benefits – social
and financial - will increase as numbers grow.