Aged promised care watch­dog

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Labour will es­tab­lish an Aged Care com­mis­sioner to in­ves­ti­gate claims of el­der abuse, ne­glect and fi­nan­cial mis­man­age­ment, says Labour MP for Mana, Kris Faafoi.

‘‘The el­derly are some of the most vul­ner­a­ble in our so­ci­ety, and they need a ded­i­cated com­mis­sioner who has their very best in­ter­ests at heart,’’ Faafoi said.

‘‘ With the Kapiti Coast be­ing one of the old­est com­mu­ni­ties in the coun­try, an Aged Care com­mis­sioner will be an im­por­tant watch­dog for lo­cal res­i­dents.’’

Faafoi said a re­cent ini­tia­tive of his in Kapiti to help es­tab­lish an ad­vo­cacy group around the pro­vi­sion of home help for the el­derly was a re­sponse to com­mu­nity need.

‘‘This proves that lo­cally and na­tion­ally an Aged Care com­mis­sioner is needed and will be an im­por­tant voice.

‘‘Labour has been lis­ten­ing to the needs of the sec­tor and an Aged Care com­mis­sioner is some­thing Grey Power and the Aged Care As­so­ci­a­tion have asked for.

‘‘ We would in­ves­ti­gate fund­ing the com­mis­sioner out of the $ 5.7 mil­lion an­nual budget of the re­tire­ment com­mis­sioner.’’

Faafoi said Labour was also com­mit­ted to even­tual pay par­ity for nurses and care­givers work­ing in the aged care sec­tor.

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