Life goes on despite COVID-19. Hospitals will have beds occupied for lesser cases that can’t go home immediately. The usual respite demands continue and ‘normal’ palliative care services will be stretched.
James Price (pictured), Co-founder and MD of Mirus, says its technology access to the real aged care bed occupancy indicates 7,200 spaces are available to relieve the hospital system and families battling to support frail family members.
This is the equivalent of 10 large hospitals. (North Shore Hospital in Sydney has 720 beds).
He says: “Most Private Operators have only 89% of Beds occupied and NFPs have about 92% beds filled, based on our data on Monday”.
(Mirus is a technology and advisory group that capture and review the occupancy rates across approximately 72,000 aged care beds nationally).
“There are already skilled staff in aged care who are capable of managing numerous Complex Health Care conditions and to provide quality clinical care to support older Australian and support their families,” he added.
“Situations where emergency respite care might be needed include death of a primary carer, or a major illness or other emergency of a primary carer. And what about end-of life care?”
“This is a capacity and technology challenge,” says Price. He is offering Mirus technology to assist operators in these difficult times now to utilise spare occupancy and relieve 7,200 hospital beds (and staff).