Fairways welcomes reform

FAIRWAYS supported living (SLP) aged care community has welcomed the Productivity Commission's Caring for Older Australians – a draft report into aged care reform.

The report commissioned by the Federal Government will influence the future of aged care in Australia.

Tweed Heads' SLP adviser Stan Manning said many of the report's findings and recommendations were positive but SLP had already developed its model of housing and care with the aspirations and needs of older Australians in its uppermost priorities.

“Our approach promotes an environment of care and support services that maintain resident's ongoing independence, privacy, dignity and their right to exercise choice over where they live and who will provide the services they require,” he said.

“We view many of the recommendations contained in the report acknowledge those rights and recommend changes to Australia's aged care system that will deliver these rights in the future in a manner which the current aged care system does not provide.”

Mr Manning said the Commission's recommendation to replace the current discrete care packages with a single system of integrated and flexible community care provision would be of great benefit to older Australians irrespective of where they live.

“This would provide care recipients with the right to choose the providers of the funded services and provide much better access appropriate to their needs particularly as their needs change,” he said.

“At Fairways we focus more on what our residents can do, rather than on what they can't.”

Mr Manning said the draft report contained the initial findings of 400 submissions from the aged care sector.

“There is also opportunity for further submissions to be made to the Commission and the findings and recommendations could change,” he said.

“So the real outcome, benefits and impact on the aged care industry will not really be known until the government considers and responds to the findings after they receive the final report in June.”

The report can be found at www.pc.gov.au and written submissions can be made to the Productivity Commission until March 21 2011.

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