Ageing With Attitude

Wed, 9 June 2021

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After a $90 million, two-and-a-half-year royal commission inquiry into Aged Care have we received the landmark Australian social policy reform that so many have hoped for?

Good initiatives in the $18 billion spend across the next 5 years include desperately needed transparency on the quality of food, staffing and clinical care; more respite for unpaid carers at home; mandated minimum care times by staff; and hundreds of millions more going into the regions and Indigenous communities. The hourly rate paid to aged care staff however remains among the lowest in Australia and requires those workers to deal with hands-on personal care which most people eschew.

On a lighter note, we share the last words of famous people, the best treatments for varicose veins, and a call to arms - when will the fad for puffy sleeves die?

Ageing With Attitude is brought to you fortnightly by Teresa Plane. This episode goes to air on Saturday 12 June, 2021