A majority of Australians over 50 have no intention of moving into a nursing home when they get frail and expect governments to support the development of alternative forms of aged care and accommodation, a recent Galaxy Poll has found.

The research, conducted for The Benevolent Society of Australia, showed that the low opinion of traditional care homes has resulted in most baby boomers putting off a decision on their futures when they can no longer live at home.

Overall, 78% believe that the government must start to budget now for the blow-out costs that is expected to occur in the next 10-15 years.

As we noted on our blog earlier this week, the European Union is also looking at this issue in determining more clearly the role of government in meeting the needs of the rapidly expanding older population.