10 October 2009

New charter for older Australians receiving home care

First Charter of Rights for Older Australians Receiving Home Care
Department of Health and Ageing: 10 October 2009
The nearly 56,000 older Australians who receive help at home through community aged care packages will get a greater say in the provision of their services - under the Rudd Labor Government.The Minister for Ageing, Mrs Justine Elliot today announced the Australian Government was developing a Charter of Rights and Responsibilities for community care and flexible care packages.

There will be consultation with consumers, aged care providers and other interested groups. The formal consultation will begin today at the Ageing Consultative Committee in Canberra. A draft Community Care Charter has been prepared.“Home care packages help older Australians continue to live in their own homes and remain independent and active,” Mrs Elliot said.Australians now have the world’s second longest life expectancy – at 81.4 years after the Japanese. By 2060, an Australian woman can expect to reach the age of 90 and by mid-century, most Australians can expect – on average – to reach the mid-to-late 80s. … > full press release

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