It seems everywhere around the world, drastic changes in aged care reform and funding are culminating this summer.  As the United States awaits a Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act and Patient Protection Act this Thursday, the American people are on the edge of their seats waiting to hear what will happen to their future in health care. 

In Australia, the residents are already dealing with a crisis. Aged & Community Services Association, a member of IAHSA, is following the cut-backs of the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) and its impact on aged care services to begin around July 1, 2012. The Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) will be cutting back about $50 million in the next year, which can seriously impact the staffing and care of vulnerable residents. The impact on the industry would result in a $500 million loss as a result of the funding cuts.

Nursing homes around Australia say they will have to cut staff within two months, at this rate of financial loss.

Providers in Australia are speaking out by forming monitoring groups to ensure that adequate funding is available to support elders’ needs.

Gerard Mansour of Leading Age Services, Australia, points out “how can we tell the sons and daughters of the frail aged that their mum or dad will get less care support than someone of the same care needs admitted prior to 1 July 2012?”  

Let’s ask what we can do to help the aged get the services they need, and how we can join forces around the world to prevent the vulnerable from suffering.  As the great Gandhi had said “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.”

Last station nursing home

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