Seniors want meaningful say in aged care

The royal commission found almost a third of aged care residents had suffered from substandard care (Bigstock)

Older Australians want to be involved in reforming aged care but feel they have little opportunity to do so, according to a survey by National Seniors Australia. Source: The West Australian.

More than 4500 older Australians responded to the survey, which follows the damning findings of the royal commission into the sector.

The royal commission found almost a third of aged care residents had suffered from substandard care, while up to 18 per cent of residents had been either physically or sexually assaulted.

National Seniors CEO and Director of Research, John McCallum, said many responded to the survey by demanding more than just token consultation about how things should change.

Professor McCallum said many were supportive of the concept of “co-designing” aged care, where older people are able to advise on services, accommodation, accessibility, privacy and comfort.

Research into co-designing care with older people and their families, and the aged care workforce, was among the royal commission’s 148 recommendations.

But the National Seniors survey, which was sent to about 90,000 people, had thousands writing responses that warned of tokenism, such as consultation processes that ask for contributions but fail to act on them.

Australia’s two-year royal commission into aged care heard countless tales of abuse and neglect, and concluded the aged care system had “fundamental systemic flaws” in its design and governance.

The federal budget provided $17.7 billion over the next five years to deliver “once in a generation” changes in aged care.


Seniors want a meaningful say in aged care (By Liz Hobday, AAP via The West Australian

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