ACSA welcomes new restorative care placements and will highlight challenges to Royal Commission

Release date: 31 Jan 2019

The peak body for not-for-profit aged care providers, Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) has welcomed the federal government’s announcement of 775 new Short-Term Restorative Care placements as a vital step forward.  ACSA says the Royal Commission will be an excellent opportunity to examine other long-term challenges facing the aged care system.  

“This is a very welcome announcement and addition to the aged care system. It highlights how critical it is that the public discussion and Royal Commission investigates and considers how the community’s expectations for supporting older Australians are best met and how aged care will be financed into the future to do that,” said ACSA CEO Patricia Sparrow. 

“Restorative Care plays an important role in the aged care mix, providing short term intensive support when older people need help to stay home and get back on their feet. 

“This announcement will assist people to continue to live in their own homes for longer which is what they want to do and improve quality of life for older Australians. This is still a relatively new and small program and one that is important to grow as the numbers of older people needing support continues to grow.

“Increasing options and different ways of supporting people to continue to live independently is vital as that is what the majority of people want. Currently 126,000 people are waiting for an ongoing home care package to support them to do that.

“This is not just about more money. We need a deep and challenging discussion that engages the entire community because looking after older Australians is a collective responsibility of us all.

“The aged care sector does not fear scrutiny or accountability. We are committed to continuous improvement and addressing problems where they occur. We also firmly believe that the majority of care is of high quality and delivered by a community of passionate and caring aged care professionals.”

~ENDS~

Media contact: Peter Stahel 0408 584 439

As the peak body representing church, charitable and community-based organisations providing accommodation and care services to older people, people with a disability and their carers, ACSA can be contacted for comment on issues affecting the industry.

Areas ACSA may provide media commentary on include:  

  • Aged care reforms
  • Residential aged care
  • Home care
  • Independent and retirement living
  • Housing for older Australians
  • Palliative care
  • The aged care workforce in Australia

 

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