Don’t ignore the elderly
For the thousands of elderly desperate to stay in their own homes, the recent report into aged care was no doubt a disappointment. The report, and its overwhelming emphasis on residential facilities, was a missed opportunity to promote quality, personalised in-home care.
The report’s own findings show that ‘‘many older New Zealanders, desperate to stay in their own homes, are being pushed out because of inadequate home support services’’. Yet it ignores this by emphasising residential care that will see more elderly lose their independence as they are moved into aged care facilities.
Nor does the report provide any useful recommendations to improve the quality of in-home care. Much of the focus of