As the population ages, it will be critical to develop and maintain services for the elderly, both in the community and in nursing homes.   Historically getting government approval to build nursing home beds has been hotly contested and one would think that trend would continue given the projected demographics.

An interesting scenario is being played out this year in Australia, in which the Federal Government has put out its annual offer for nursing home beds but many aged care providers are not interested.   The issue from the provider perspective is funding, especially acute since the government now prohibits nursing home bonds to help with capital costs.

As Rod Young, CEO of Aged Care Association Australia, was quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald,   ‘In a few years, we could be back to the bad old days when people were on huge waiting lists for months.”

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