More support needed for aged care
IT was probably fair enough that the Federal Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt didn’t drop in for a media opportunity at St John’s Village this week during his whistle-stop tour of Indi with Cathy McGowan (MHR, Indi).
It would probably have been the last thing St John’s residents needed after the tragic events they have experienced in recent weeks.
It also gave the media the opportunity to focus on a more positive aspect of aged care in Wangaratta such as the innovations that St Catherine’s Hostel have introduced to better look after their residents.
While the lockdown at St John’s was lifted a week ago they are still operating under stricter than normal entry protocols for the continued welfare of their residents, which is understandable, but hopefully, normal operations will resume in the near future.
The main message the Minister should have learned during his visit is the wonderful work that all four of Wangaratta’s aged care facilities provide in the North East despite the increasing demands.
Like almost every aspect of society, aged care is feeling the pinch of rising costs on just about every front without the matching financial support from government.
The facilities and the residents rarely get treated with the necessary priority from governments of all persuasions who tend to favour more active lobby groups who have the ability and resources to push their agendas better than the elderly and recently retired.
What political parties need to be aware of is this group is growing as a percentage of the population and one day its political influence will match its size.