A recent article in the Age newspaper (18 June 2013) reported that about 1000 aged-care beds in Melbourne metropolitan area are about to be sold off by the Victorian government, prompting concerns patient care will be compromised.
Budget documents show the government expects to save $25million in 2014-15 and $50million in 2015-16 as a result of the change, which would see private or not-for-profit providers take over management of the state’s aged-care beds in Melbourne.
According to the article in the savings would be achieved because the state government would no longer have to pay increased wage costs that apply in Victorian-run facilities, where there are mandated nurse/patient ratios.
A spokesman for Health Minister David Davis said “there would be no loss of beds as a result and the federal government was expected to expand bed numbers to reflect population growth and need”.
This is indicative of a trend in aged care, where the cost to government will continue to be passed to other sectors, including a user-pay model.
This trend has a very clear message to baby boomers that may be keen to continue to live in their family home, but are feeling the need to engage some support in order to maintain their independence.
In-home age care services can be an economically sound approach to continuing an independent lifestyle. In-home aged care a viable option for many people to be able to remain active, with some professional support, allowing your lifestyle to be as active and healthy as possible for as long as possible.
If there comes a stage in life where living at home with the support of aged care services is no longer adequate, then decisions about options for residential care can be addressed. In the meantime, with supporting aged care services, your home can continue to be your castle.
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