While reports of abuse and neglect will come out (as they should) it’s also an opportunity to design an aged care system that better supports all of us.
The Royal Commission into Aged Care’s terms of reference will cover the following:
At the moment many people see aged care as a last resort, something to be feared and avoided at all costs. However, many of us will need aged care at some point in our lives (either for a family member or for ourselves) so could this avoidance strategy be part of the problem?
As part of its inquiry, the Royal Commission will be exploring how aged care can give people greater choice, control and independence and how this can be better delivered across Australia.
The Royal Commission will be accepting submissions from interested people and institutions and The Royal Commissioners Honourable Justice Joseph McGrath and Ms Lynelle Briggs AO will be required to provide an interim report by 31 October 2019, and a final report by 30 April 2020.
If you’d like to keep up-to-date or make a submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care, visit the website.
So while the Royal Commission will investigate aged care issues from a higher level with input from aged care operators, residents and staff, maybe it’s time we ask some of the same questions of ourselves. If you could design your ideal aged care experience, what would it look like? What would you choose as your highest priorities?
You might want:
You might want something else entirely and we’d love to hear it – send your suggestions on what aged care should look like to us via email or Facebook. We’d love to collate your responses into a future blog post.
It is possible to have aged care delivered how you would like it – we don’t have to accept average care and now is the time to stand up and tell people what we want and how we would like to live in our old age.