Dementia Australia welcomes the recently announced Charter of Aged Care Rights and Aged Care Quality Standards as a reinforcement of the commitment by governments and the aged care industry to focus more strongly on consumer choice and engagement.
Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the new Charter and Standards would benefit people living with dementia, their families and carers.
“The Charter of Aged Care Rights states that people receiving Australian Government funded aged care have the right to safe and high quality care and services, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to have their identity, culture and diversity valued and supported,” Ms McCabe said.
“The new Standards place consumers at the centre of their care and focus on giving people greater choice and flexibility, as well as making it easier for consumers, their families and carers to understand regulation and what can be expected from a service.
“These are welcome announcements but people living with dementia, their families and carers tell us there is more to be done in interpreting the Standards as they relate to quality dementia care.
“More than half of the residents living in residential aged care have a diagnosis of dementia and they tend to have much higher care needs than residents who do not have dementia. On top of that, approximately 70 per cent of people with dementia live in the community,” Ms McCabe said.
“With the prevalence of dementia projected to increase to almost 1.1 million by 2058, it’s important to have national safeguards and standards in place to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, and to ensure the rights of people living with dementia and older Australians are protected.”
Dementia Australia contributed to the development of the Charter and Standards in consultation with the government and other stakeholders.
“We look forward to working with all parts of the industry to ensure the Charter and Standards have a meaningful impact on the health, quality of care and life outcomes for all Australians impacted by dementia.”
More information on the new Charter and Standards can be found at https://agedcare.govcms.gov.au/ensuring-quality
Would like to comment as I am living in an aged care facility But don’t LIKE being called a consumer , we are told we are living in our home so being referred as a resident is more appropriate.
The new charter and the new standards are welcomed. But age care providers are still not taking any notice of these, they are breaching these standards and the basic human rights provisions for people with disabilities including dementia.
Everyone claims their cares are best, however, we all new that resident or loved one has no one to look after at home. So, resident has last alternative is age care but it is better than nothing. Everyone do their own job because I don’t believe a single manager is voluntarily supporting their loved one. People would rather increase profit than services. It is true because every organisation has a mandatory system to make a profit even though they claim as a nonprofit organisation. I can see some improvement in the cares but no would just work for other’s better life. Remember”one everyone will end up in last alternative”. Act now with dementia care Australia
Let's hope that all health care givers in Nursing Homes will adhere to the new care rights and uphold the standards and requirements to ensure that those who are affected and afflicted by Dementia will be given the care and respect they deserve.
Judging by the figures released today by ANU researchers there will be a problem finding carers for people with dementia, The mortality rates for women aged 20 to 50 is on the rise.This is the age range for the majority of caers