Breaking the Aged Care Barrier Well-funded HACC is the key

Issues Paper:

Seniors agree that ageing in place be accepted at all levels.
But our definition is very different.

In discussions about breaking the age care barrier  the Commonwealth Bureau of Statistics reveal that only 5-7% of the ageing population end up in nursing homes.

We are concerned about the remaining 95%.

Concerns

  • Increasing early indications of dementia
  • social isolation
  • local accommodation options
  • gender orientation
  • ageing populations
  • conserving status quo.

Why is  a well funded HACC  the key?

  • Availability and reliability.

Needs

  • address the shortfall in funding services
  • worker issues
  • service provision itself
  • less centralised services
  • more services in clients’ own localities
  • neighbourhood centres
  • community organisation
  • grass roots.

HACC regional boundaries need to be changed based on community interest.

  • early intervention support
  • funding
  • social transport
  • Community Seniors Hubs
  • medical super clinics with attached HAAC servcies.

UPGRADE CAREER STRUCTURE

  • Need to improve the status for aged care workers
  • Qualified TAFE course
  • entry
  • status
  • training and enrichment
  • professional standards
  • professional acceptance in the industry
  • access school leavers by expositions
  • expansion of final-year programs at highschools to include training options for aged care profession.

MARKETING OF POSITIVE AGEING

HAAC

  • better planning
  • regular and strategic
  • include innovative and consultative practices
  • not only visit homes but also retirement villages.

Individual needs

  • even more consideration because of longevity and the range of skills and life experiences
  • we need to encourage mature age workers to the aged care industry.

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

  • iown localities
  • properly sited villages – not isolated
  • units above shopping centres
  • seniors hubs
  • access to HAAAC
  • shops
  • medical centres.

Affordable accommodation options should be considered to allow HAAC services to be provided.

ENHANCE AGEING

  • in-place entertainment
  • ommunity rooms
  • libraries
  • gender orientation
  • public transport
  • retirement villages with HAAC services
  • accredited rental serviced apartment
  • own home – options for downsizing
  • shared housing in own localitie
  • suitable rental properties – affordable and incorporated
  • universal design
  • transition care
  • convalescent homes.

Investigate ways to involve nursing home patients.

ISSUES

  • indications of early dementia
  • misdiagnosis
  • social isolation and the lack of current programs – we need an ongoing funding program to help recognise seniors and use them as the valuable resource they are
  • local accommodation options to take into account social change and gender orientation
  • challenges we face working with the Government and non-government organisations
  • conservative bureaucracy which is intent on maintaining the status quo
  • Recognition that public transport imperative and nationwide accessibility to allow age in place
  • access to HAAC
  • accommodation
  • shops
  • medical centres
  • entertainment
  • libraries
  • community roomsdemograpics more and more – 3 generations

Because it is financially expedient to do this – health benefits and involvement of the community 

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