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December 15, 2008

Elder Care: Elderly Will Need More Care For Longer (Australia)

Ageing parents will need more care for longer – nurses

By Michael Madigan
December 14, 2008

AUSTRALIANS will soon have to care for elderly parents for longer as aged care homes refuse to accept them, the Royal College of Nursing warns.Nurses have told a Senate inquiry aged-care homes were reluctant to assess a person as having dementia until they were so bad they couldn't take care of their personal needs.

"The general public will become increasingly aware when they are personally involved in having their confused relatives denied access because funding subsidies are not viable," the submission says. Nurses say there are decreased options for putting seniors in low-care homes, because these homes are ceasing to exist.

Meanwhile, the number of people with a severe or profound disability will also increase, placing greater demands on a diminishing resource.Presbyterian Aged Care says there are are several cost pressures changing the face of aged care.The impact of the global financial crisis had already forced the collapse of major private aged care corporations, the PAC submission said.

Meals on Wheels has also told the inquiry it is struggling to meet the needs of a growing client base.

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SOURCE: Courier Mail - Australia


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