AGED CARE IN CRISIS
Aged care in crisis say providers. 06/04/2004. ABC News OnlineThis is a disgrace in a wealthy industrialised country such as Australia. News Home Top Stories Just In World Australia/Local Business Politics Weather Sport Health Arts Sci-Tech Media Environment Rural Indigenous Offbeat In-Depth Forums Services Help/Site Map Print EmailLast Update: Tuesday, April 6, 2004. 3:37pm (AEST)
Aged care in crisis say providers
Aged care providers are calling for urgent financial help from the Federal Government to rescue what they are describing as a system in crisis.
The Aged and Community Services Association of New South Wales says aged care has been neglected by successive federal governments, with a funding shortfall of $400 million over the last few years.
It says almost half of the state's nursing homes were in deficit in the last financial year.
The association's chief executive officer, Peter Sadler, says Australia's elderly are facing a bleak future.
"It is a future of falling quality of care for our frailest older people," he said.
"Aged care facilities are being forced to close.
"Those that stay open are forced to cut their frontline staff. Community care is severely rationed. Only the richest older people can be assured of quality care."