They don’t do things by halves in Australia. The Executive Summary – Volume 1 of the Final Report, providing a brief introduction and overview – runs to a mere 115 pages.
The introduction says: This Volume 1 provides an overview of Volumes 2 and 3 of our Final Report and of our special report on COVID-19, and details our approach to our inquiry. It contains a complete list of our recommendations. Volume 4 details some of what we heard in public hearings and Volume 5 contains appendices, including details of our community forums and a reproduction of our special report on COVID-19. Volumes 4 and 5 are not summarised here.
Our Final Report is generally about the future: tomorrow, a decade from now, twenty years from now, and beyond. To envisage a new aged care system, we need to understand the aged care system as it exists today, including the problems in the system. That is the purpose of Volume 2. In Volume 3 we shift our focus to solutions—our recommendations for action in response to the problems we identify. It is here that we set out our vision for the future of aged care in Australia.
Of care homes it says: Aged care is provided in people’s homes, in the community and in residential aged care settings. People commonly think of nursing homes, or residential care, when they think about aged care. However, while most of the aged care budget is spent on residential aged care, more than two-thirds of people using aged care services do so from home. (The Residential Forum would say that everyone lives “at home” for some people that is a care home).
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