Changing Tides

In stark contrast to current consumer demands, our existing age care system was built in the 1980’s to sustain residential care rather embrace home and community support. The redundancy of this system was echoed by the director of operations at Uniting Care Australia, a not-for-profit home and community care heavy weight. Joanne Toohey emphasised that “traditional modes of residential aged care are going to become more a thing of the past”. Last year alone there was a submission of 24,000 applications, with only a mere 2000 of our oldest and wisest receiving a helping hand. With an ageing population, by 2050 the number of Australians who are over 85 and desperate for help is set to surge to 1.8 million from to todays 400,000. […]