Report reveals gap in remote aged care
A report by the Aged Care Financing Authority has shown aged care in rural and remote areas incur significantly higher costs than those in Perth.
The report found that compared to metropolitan age services, care management costs are nearly four times higher, registered and enrolled nurses cost are almost double, labour and maintenance costs are more than triple and catering, laundry and cleaning costs are higher as well as utilities and consumables.
Leading Age Services Australia said the recent report was all the proof the Federal Government needed that rural and re- mote age facilities were doing it tough.
LASA National chief executive Patrick Reid said the findings could not be ignored by any political party claiming to be committed to helping rural communities.
Labour member for Mining and Pastoral Stephen Dawson said the Federal Government needed to get serious about the issue.
“I know of people who have had to leave town because there is nowhere appropriate for them to move into once they reach a certain age or they become immobile, so it’s a very big issue that needs to be addressed,” he said.
Yaandina Roebourne nurse manager Teresa Joy said remote aged facilities weren’t only struggling financially.
“I came from an environment where GPs would come and visit,” she said
“Dr Kumar has agreed to come and see clients but the indigenous clients under Mawarnkarra have to be transported and that can be an issue at times.”
Silver Chain general manager country services Carole Bain said staffing recruitment and retention and low fluctuating demand could be yet another issue regional age services face.
“We recognise there are minimal or no alternatives, limiting the choice individuals have,” she said.