A new aged care system for older Australians

27 June, 2013
 
Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes the passage through Parliament of the Living Longer. Living Better. aged care reforms.

“These landmark reforms will lead to improvements in care and quality of life for people with dementia,” Glenn Rees AM, CEO Alzheimer’s Australia.

“The legislation will improve access to community care; empower consumers to have greater choice over services through the introduction of Consumer Directed Care.

“For Alzheimer’s Australia it has taken over ten years of advocacy to get consumer directed care on the aged care agenda.

“This legislation marks the beginning of a new way of conceptualising aged care in Australia. A new system in which the individual is empowered to make choices about their care and have greater options about where they receive care.”

”It will ensure that the most vulnerable individuals, including those with dementia have access to appropriate care.”

The legislation is the result of a two year process of consultation with consumers and the aged care sector.

“There has been an extensive consultation process which enabled people with dementia to have a say in the reform process and the message has been to implement change to a failing system”

“The Senate Committee on Community Affairs should be congratulated for their excellent work in reviewing the legislation,” Mr Rees said.

Glenn Rees said that “Over the next ten years we will see almost a doubling of community care packages available to consumers,” Mr Rees said.

“Consumers who have dementia will have access to additional support in the community, regardless of their level of care.”

“There will be a shift to greater consumer empowerment and choice, and focus on providing care in the community.

“There is of course, still more to do and we need to ensure that the reforms lead to improvements in both access and quality of care.

“The review of the legislation in 2015 will be critical. Alzheimer’s Australia looks forward to working with the Government and the sector through the National Aged Care Alliance on the implementation of these important reforms.”