Aged care will go under the microscope
DAMNING reports of elder abuse in aged care facilities have been a catalyst for a new royal commission, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced early this week.
It will look at the quality of care provided by facilities and by home-based aged care, and include young Australians with disabilities who are living in aged care settings.
One year after the Oakden aged care facility in South Australia was shut down and three inquiries later, the Prime Minister said the government had been taking steps to improve the system.
“When I became prime minister just over three weeks ago, I was advised that as a result of the increased audit work we had commissioned, the Department of Health has closed almost one aged care service per month since Oakden, with an increasing number under sanction to improve their care,” he said.
Upon the announcement of a Royal Commission, Mr Morrison was questioned about a previous $1.2 billion cut to aged care during his time as treasurer – which he quickly and vehemently denied.
Aged care advocacy body Council on the Ageing was one of many groups that welcomed the royal commission.
COTA chief executive Ian Yates said the government needed to implement recommendations from a string of inquiries into aged care.
“Tighter regulation, improved capacity of the aged care workforce and greater transparency are all absolutely critical to improving safety and quality in our aged care system,” he said.