More retirees trying to avoid going into aged care, exclusive data from Australian Seniors reveals. For a growing number of Australians, aged care is less desirable than ever before.
Exclusive data from Australian Seniors reveals 43 per cent of Australians aged over 50 who were surveyed for the 2021 Mindset Shift Report say the pandemic has changed their view of aged care. The survey also revealed almost 80 per cent of Australians aged over 50 are worried that they aren't saving enough for retirement.
A quarter say they struggle to pay everyday bills, and 10 per cent will delay their retirement age due to COVID. For many of the seniors at the Blue Suede Shoes Dance School in Gosford, New South Wales, staying at home as long as possible is the goal. "I do know a little about aged care, had a look at a retirement village, thought that's not for me," Gwen, 84, said. Carmen, 74, said, "It depresses me. Graham, 68, said, "If you can, stay in your own home, that's my advice to everybody. " Queensland Public Trustee denies making profit from clients, despite report criticising high fees and charges.
People on disability support and aged care pensions with assets will continue to be charged up to 40 per cent of their low incomes for financial administration services by the Public Trustee of Queensland, despite a report criticising the practice.
Key points: The Public Trustee says a review on fees and charges is already underway but would not be completed for at least six monthsThe government has not yet set a timeframe for when a board to oversee the Public Trustee will happenThe opposition is calling for an independent audit of the Public Trustee Queensland Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman tabled the Public Advocate's report into the Public Trustee in state parliament earlier this month. It documented high fees for asset-rich pensioners, fees for no service and charging multiple sets of fees on managing the same funds, like superannuation.
In response, the state government announced that a board would oversee the Public Trustee. Trustee earns millions from clients' assets. Aged-care industry aims to attract workers with job security and personal satisfaction. It is an industry crying out for employees to fill growing demand, but Australians must first change the way they think about it, an aged care educator says.
Key points: The aged care sector will need 1 million extra workers by 2050, which is a quadrupling of the current workforceLow pay has been one of the major challenges to attracting people to work in aged careAged care educator Tracey Newcombe said people need to stop thinking about ageing as a period of decline and disability The aged care sector is in the midst of a skills shortage and a damning royal commission showing weak regulation and poor wages, but attracting the workforce in the first place remains a major challenge. "It's a lot more than assisting old people to have a shower or get dressed," said TAFE NSW aged care teacher Tracey Newcombe.
"The fact you can make such a difference to people is what most of us find the most rewarding thing. " Grandmother aged in her 90s is sleeping in a tent in the remote community of Jibena. For the last five years, Mary Dadbalag, aged in her 90s and confined to a wheelchair, has been living in a tent on a verandah in the Northern Territory remote community of Jibena.
Key points: A disabled Aboriginal elder living is in tent because she cannot reach the bathroom at her family homeRemote homelands residents are falling through the cracks of aged care provisionThe federal government is considering a royal commission recommendation to improve bush aged care For the last three years, her granddaughter Jacqueline Phillips has been knocking on every government service provider's door she can think of asking for help to get her grandmother a bedroom built with a toilet attached. She said her grandmother is living in the tent at the edge of what she described as a "chicken house" because she can't get to the nearest toilet 20 metres away over grass in her wheelchair, but she can shuffle to the edge of the verandah. Improved conditions could help grandmother stay on homeland. Micro-town gives people with cognitive impairment, dementia independence and social engagement.
A small community in Bellmere, just north of Brisbane, is turning the traditional aged care model on its head, providing a sense of independence, engagement and normalcy to its 120 residents, many of whom live with cognitive impairment such as dementia.
The micro-town has all the facilities you might expect: a cinema, corner store, cafe, beauty salon, GP, dentist and even a town centre. "It's essentially just like a little suburb but it caters to older people and people who are living with a disability," New Direction Care CEO Natasha Chadwick told ABC Radio Brisbane. Independence in micro Ms Chadwick founded the facility, after her own mother developed dementia and she wanted the best choice for her mum as she navigated her life with the disease. Instead of one large, hotel-style facility often seen in traditional aged care, the micro-town has 17 separate houses with seven people living in each. ABC Investigations journalist Anne Connolly on her crowdsourced probe into aged care and the shocking stories it uncovered.
ABC Investigations journalist Anne Connolly has spent the past three years looking into the state of aged care in Australia.
The federal government called a royal commission the day before her first in-depth story on Four Corners went to air and her reporting on the issue has won several awards — the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year award, the Kennedy Journalist of the Year award and the Australian Human Rights Commission award. Australia's growing population of centenarians on adapting to change, secrets to a fulfilling life.
Noel Crocker, Elgwen Herdegen and Henry "Corky" Caldwell don't know each other, but they share two things in common: they are 100 years old and have dedicated their lives to their communities.
Perhaps this is their secret to living a long, fulfilling life? The trio are among the more than 6,000 people aged over 100 across the country, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. From the advent of the television, the atomic bomb to the internet and the smartphone, Noel Crocker is determined to keep up with the times and not get caught up in the "bloody old days". "The old days should be forgotten about because there was plenty of new opportunities to learn new ways. " To celebrate his century of life, Noel spent the day at his local surf club at Nambucca Heads on the New South Wales Mid North Coast — home to one of his greatest achievements.
He helped found the Nambucca Heads Nippers Club in the early 1960s — thought to be the first in the country. 'We had to do it the hard way' What will the aged care royal commission recommend? We think we know, and how the government will respond. Over the past three years, I've examined hundreds of hours of hidden camera footage from Australia's nursing homes.
Some showed outright physical abuse, others revealed the so-called rough handling that comes from untrained, insensitive and overworked carers. There was one video showing the physical assault of a frail woman with dementia that was so vicious that, by the end of production I had to avert my eyes and block my ears in the edit suite. But there is one collection of footage that remains firmly in my mind, because instead of revealing an explosion of violence it shows a type of human rights abuse that is so common in aged care that it goes almost unremarked.
It creeps up over weeks, months and years, and yet is almost impossible to prove and is never investigated by the police. The story behind Regis Nedlands' shocking failures to meet basic aged care standards. Older people deciding not to have pets as challenges and concerns outweigh benefits. It's well known that pets are good for our wellbeing, can reduce our anxiety and stress, and offer love and companionship.
But as we get older we're less likely to have a furry friend in our lives. The latest Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey found just 11 per cent of Australian pet owners are aged 65 and over. That age group made up nearly 23 percent of those Australians who don't own a pet. University of South Australia's Janette Young, who has researched the positive health effects of pet ownership, says there's a range of reasons for older people not owning pets.
Dr Young says people's biggest fear is what happens to their animal if something happens to them. Australia's oldest person Dexter Kruger celebrates 111th birthday in Roma. Dexter Kruger has celebrated more birthdays than any other living Australian, but this year the party at his nursing home in Roma, in south-western Queensland, will be a much smaller affair than usual.
Key points: Dexter Kruger was born in Kilcoy on January 13, 1910He worked as a cattle farmer until he retired in his mid 90sHe said the telephone was the best invention he has seen in his lifetime, describing it as "magic" "COVID-19 means quite a few people can't come, but we will still have a good time," the supercentenarian said. Born on January 13, 1910, the retired farmer has lived through both world wars, the Great Depression and numerous droughts, but says the positives far outweigh the tough times, like the countless advances in technology he has witnessed. "One of the most wonderful things I can ever remember happening was hearing [the telephone] up to my ear. A passion for social justice, education unites 2021's state and territory Senior Australians of the Year.
They come from diverse backgrounds but all have one thing in common — 2021's state and territory Senior Australians of the Year are passionate about education and social justice. Key points: Eight people from across the country are in the running to be Senior Australian of the YearFive are female and five are IndigenousThe national Australian of the Year awards will be announced on January 25 All are dedicated to teaching others. And they all have something they want you to think about. Nomadland sets Frances McDormand to shine against landscape of American West in grey nomad tale. In a performance that has her tipped as an Oscars favourite, Frances McDormand leads Chloe Zhao's Venice Gold Lion-winning Nomadland — a song of exile in which a 60-something widow takes to the open road, searching for home or something like it. Set in a present day where the gig economy is simply an established fact and the American Dream has long gone to seed, Nomadland opens with the brief history of Empire, Nevada.
In a title card, we're told that the company-owned town was abandoned and its ZIP code "discontinued" after its sheetrock mine closed in 2011. Like much of the film, this tale is lifted from Jessica Bruder's 2017 nonfiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century (which McDormand optioned, then reached out to Zhao to adapt and direct). Which is to say, it's based in reality — though it could pass as allegorical, with so many towns and cities across America suffering similar fates in the wake of the country's post-industrial, post-GFC decline.
Almost 40 per cent of residents in aged care facilities have been abused, data released by royal commission shows. Research into Australian aged care facilities shows 39.2 per cent of residents have experienced some form of abuse. Key points: One in every 20 residents reported having been physically abusedResearchers reported 30.8 per cent of respondents had experienced neglectAn expert said the findings pointed to widespread abuse in care homes The data released by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was calculated using responses to a survey of 391 aged care residents in 67 homes.
Joe Ibrahim, head of the health, law and ageing research unit at Monash University, said the findings did not surprise him. Government announces thousands more home care packages for older Australians - ABC News. An extra 10,000 older Australians will receive taxpayer support to stay in their homes for longer, as part of a $1 billion investment in this week's budget update. About 102,000 people are currently waiting for an in-home care packageThe aged care royal commission heard some people were dying while waiting for oneThe Government says about 195,000 people will be receiving in-home care by June 2021 The Federal Government will use the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) to reduce the waitlist for in-home care, which was one of the key recommendations in the aged care royal commission's interim report.
The additional funding is on top of the $1.6 billion announced in the October budget to deliver another 26,000 home care packages. About 152,000 people are currently receiving in-home care but the latest official data shows more than 102,000 are currently waiting for a package they have already been approved for. Is it still OK for aged care facilities to restrict visitors because of the COVID-19 pandemic while the rest of Australia opens up? - ABC News. Michelle didn't think she'd have a problem spending time with her parents when they moved into a nursing home in June. Key points: Michelle had to hire a lawyer to negotiate visits with her parents in their regional Tasmanian nursing homeThe Federal Government released new guidelines for aged care facilities in November, but many families are reporting ongoing restrictions for visitorsFacilities have been warned to lift visitor restrictions in time for Christmas Her parents Raynor and Marjorie Harris live in Toosey Aged Care in Longford, outside of Launceston, Tasmania — a state that has been mainly COVID-19 free and has not recorded an outbreak since April.
However, the home still followed a policy adopted early in the pandemic, only allowing visits from 1:30pm to 4:00pm during the week — which did not fit around Michelle's work hours. Japan's aged care facilities remain locked down amid a COVID-19 third wave, and now there are fears residents may develop dementia - ABC News. The only contact Yuumi Matsuno has had with her mother since coronavirus reached Japan has been over the phone, separated by a pane of glass. For 10 months, the nursing home Hisako lives in has limited all visitors from the outside, except staff, in part to prevent any potential spread of COVID-19.
What the superannuation wars mean for you - ABC News. The decision, it seems, is in. ASIC accused of acting too slowly after Sterling First retiree housing group collapses - ABC News. There is increasing scrutiny of ASIC's handling of a failed property scheme after documents revealed complaints were made to the financial watchdog years before the property company collapsed. South Korean computer 'geek' bailed over alleged $360,000 theft from elderly Canberra woman - ABC News. A South Korean visitor to Australia has been freed on bail despite concerns from ACT police that he will try to flee the country while facing 27 charges of fraud. After a rollercoaster 2020, Australia's economy is showing signs of recovery - ABC News. The rollercoaster of 2020 saw South Australians this week go through the harshest and, as it happens, briefest COVID lockdown yet.
The details are hard to keep up with, but in the space of a few days, authorities believed they had struck a new strain of the virus, spreading so fast even pizza deliveries were a risk. The entire state was shut down. Super tax breaks not needed for wealthy, they should tap into their home equity, retirement income review - ABC News. The almost $42 billion annual cost of superannuation tax concessions is largely benefiting wealthy savers, according to the Federal Government's retirement income review, which suggests they should instead tap into the equity of their homes to help fund their retirement. Key points: Former Labor MP Emma Husar calls out Barnaby Joyce, Alan Tudge, Christian Porter and Coalition leadership on Q+A - ABC News.
Alzheimer's drug aducanumab faces major setback as US authorities consider whether to approve it - ABC News. Real-life aged care home for four-year-olds an intergenerational winner in Wellington, NSW - ABC News. Coronial inquest into 2018 death of Barbara Francis hears from Pearl aged care home - ABC News. Choreographer Graeme Murphy is turning 70 but not even COVID-19 is slowing him down - ABC News. We've investigated aged care for the past three years. These are the stories that shocked us - ABC News.
Aged care royal commission hears past governments have failed to implement changes - ABC News. The 10-page 1997 memo that brought us to where we are today on aged care - ABC News. Aged care royal commission public split in the final days shows how controversial change will be - ABC News. How training visitors allowed aged care homes to maintain family contact during coronavirus - ABC News. Grieving families angry at Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission over perceived inaction during coronavirus pandemic - ABC News. Ladies who pump. Coronavirus deflation means the pension won't increase in September for the first time in 23 years - ABC News.
Angela was looking forward to being an empty-nester — coronavirus changed all that - ABC News. Queensland country town pushes for regional aged care homes so the elderly aren't forced to move to cities - ABC News. Coronavirus share market slump leads to anxious time for self-funded retirees - ABC News. The coronavirus is a disaster for lonely older Australians. We can help ease their pain in small ways.
Coronavirus social distancing a struggle for large, multi-generational Indigenous families. Chemotherapy and the coronavirus threat — my immunity levels mean you need to care about COVID-19. Retirement should be a time to enjoy. So what happens when it feels awful and purposeless? Vietnam War veterans urge Darren Chester to deliver equal funeral benefits. Why the Government blocked a law forcing nursing homes to reveal staff and food budgets. National hope for intergenerational playgroups as Queensland program enjoys success.
Financial crisis in regional nursing homes sparks fear many may run out of money. More pensioners are taking up part-time work to avoid the threat of pension poverty. SA nursing home blocks daughters' unsupervised visits with dying mother. 'Middle age misery' peaks at 47.2 years of age — but do the statistics ring true? 'Fearless' seniors defy the odds learning new skills at an older age. Christmas meal 'slop' prompts outrage after being served to Adelaide nursing home residents. Grannies and Pops program helps kids and aged care residents form deep, educational bonds. Mental health royal commission told wearable tech could help end loneliness. Credit card debt trap increasingly catching older Australians. Families leave the land after generations amid succession struggles - ABC Rural - ABC News.
Aged care advocates say fear of reprisals keeping stories hidden. Aged care centre operator accused of charging residents the same day they were forced to leave. Darwin woman breaks down telling aged care royal commission of father's treatment. Aged care royal commission told of need to install surveillance to stop elder abuse. Meals on Wheels surviving on bequests from deceased clients as funding stagnates: volunteer.
Gold Coast nursing home residents in limbo, claims wages unpaid for a month. Pressure on Government to overhaul age pension as growing number of baby boomers leave workforce. Graphic evidence of wounds as royal commission hears of dementia patient left to deteriorate. Aged care royal commission in Darwin hears of Aboriginal elder's family, culture separation pain. Automated vehicle trial at retirement village 'smacks of Buck Rogers' Health professionals voice disappointment over lack of bush commission hearings. Almost 300 serious assaults at Japara Healthcare Limited homes, aged care royal commission hears.
Aged care in regions a 'death sentence', as royal commission told of neglect and isolation. Police and advocates urge Tasmanians to lock their doors after violent thieves target elderly. Retirement village residents unhappy about complex contracts and fees. Former aged care worker Gary Cripps jailed for sexual assault on nursing home resident. Elder abuse is the perfect crime: If we don't address it, you could be a victim too. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross wrote the book on grief — then found herself stuck in one of her five stages. Carer charged over 'disturbing' neglect of elderly woman in Queensland home. 1st Energy power company fined after telemarketers sign up woman with dementia. Lack of staff behind chemical sedation of patients in aged care facilities, royal commission hears. Federal Election 2019: Aged pensioners on fixed incomes open up about tough financial choices.
Kiandra aged care home sanctioned because of 'severe risk' to residents' health and safety. Can the popularity of tiny homes provide a solution for older women facing homelessness? Three sons who stole $1.6 million from their elderly parents yet to face criminal charges. Geelong court shown video of 'extremely serious assault' on elderly woman with walker. Nick Goiran's euthanasia tactics could rival his surrogacy filibuster as ethical showdown looms. Is private health insurance worth it for older Australians? 'Terrified' ageing child abuse survivors begin transition into aged care. Aged care centres run by Glen Eira council to be sold despite pleas from families. Aged care homes facing new rules on restraints as Federal Government unveils crackdown. SA nursing home sanctioned after resident's death in bedroom fire. Veterans claim they were lied to about their superannuation. How a small town reclaimed its aged care home and turned a profit for 10 years.
Heather Lee, 92, on track for more world records at Masters Games. Nurses call for healthcare support staff to be regulated. Summer flu hits aged care facilities with seven deaths linked to NSW outbreaks. Aged care 'financially unsustainable' as industry braces for further hit from the royal commission. Former worker tells of staff and management issues at Bupa Aged Care Eden.
New research finds the dementia rate for older Australians is falling. Guinness World Records honours Japanese woman as world's oldest person at 116. Brexit offers glimmer of hope as Miriam Margolyes joins British retirees' fight for fair go on pensions. Trying to arrange in-home aged care like 'going to war', new report finds.
Baby boomers are hiring death doulas and aiming for the grave on their own terms. Adelaide aged care worker found guilty of assaulting elderly woman with dementia.