With an ageing population and an increase in the number of people living with dementia, David Maher – chief executive officer of Catholic Healthcare Limited – is well aware of the challenges that lay ahead, reports The Catholic Weekly.
“There are three areas that will be challenges for us as an organisation relating to aged care into the future,” he said.
“The first challenge is being able to respond to increased community need. “We know that we have an ageing population and we also know in the future there will be a decline in the tax base to meet the costs of aged care.
“The challenge will be for us as an organisation, and other aged care providers, to be able to respond to this increased need for aged-care services, as well as responding to the increased expectations of residents in the future.
“We will have a much more discerning public that will have greater expectations of our
aged-care then they currently have.
“Secondly the challenge is the physical refurbishment of our existing services. A number of our existing services were built several decades ago, and a number of those require a physical renewal.
“Our third challenge will be workforce shortages. The need to secure a workforce for our aged-care services in the future, with significant competition for staff from other industries.”
David, 46, says the issue of increased dementia in our community is an industry-wide consideration.
“All industry providers are focused on the increased numbers of people suffering dementia that are going to need aged-care services into the future, and we’re all planning for this to occur,” he said.
“This will be reflected in both residential and community-based service responses.
FULL STORY Longer lifespan, dementia pose challenges (Catholic Weekly)