This week the royal commission is focussing on staffing in aged care, a topic that has emerged as the sector’s largest and most insidious problem.
Monday’s sombre opening marked the passing of the chair of the commission, Richard Tracey. Commissioner Lynelle Briggs said Commissioner Tracey used the words “cruel” and “unkind” to describe aspects of Australia’s aged care system and he encouraged the royal commission to make “transformative” changes, rather than “change at the margin”, given the degree of “substandard...
Caroline Egan has been a writer and editor for more than 20 years. She has worked across several sectors, including banking, finance, economics, real estate, and aged care. She was Managing Editor at Macquarie Bank for several years, and also spent a number of years presenting financial market news on television and radio for CommSec. Caroline loves playing Scrabble, going to the movies with her funny children, and walking in nature.
We all have to retire one day, even lions.
Last year, three lions, Kovu, Masie and Kiara were retired from Lennon Bros circus after 15 years as performing members of the travelling family troupe.
The Lennon family and Zambi Wildlife Retreat signed an agreement late last year to give the three majestic creatures a ‘forever home’ at the retreat, which is located in the outer suburbs about an hour’s drive south west of Sydney.
And so, at the end...
Old age is usually thought of as a period of gradual decline, of failing bodies and unfirm minds. If asked, most people would probably tell you they believe people become more grumpy as they age.
But research has shown - time and time again - that the opposite is actually true - older people are happier, and it’s younger people who are stressed, anxious, worried and sad.
“Hope I die before I get old”
Even when older people are asked...
Providers that cater to special needs groups are given priority when the government is determining ACAR funding, but the government does nothing to ensure any extra beds funded are allocated to the groups that need them, the royal commission has heard.
The government takes each region’s special needs into account when determining the Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR), the mechanism used to decide how many aged care beds will be allocated in each region.
Providers must specify their special needs...