Aged promised care watchdog
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.