Mitch Fifield spells out the competitive landscape for care delivery – village and care operators in the prime position

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Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield, Assistant Minister for Social Services and responsible for Ageing, gave a clear explanation of his government’s view of aged care at the committee for economic development (CEDA) lunch on Monday.
Retirement villages, with their design to support independent living (or ageing), are sitting in the box seat for the heightened emphasis on delivery of care at home, with increased consumer contribution. Selected Fifield comments are:
“Ultimately public and private dollars need to follow the person rather than the provider”.
“Dollars should follow needs. Care should follow choice”.
“That means a contribution, where you can, for your care is a more reasonable expectation in ageing men in disability. This, in ageing, is where the rubber hits the road”.
“Make no mistake, the consumer voice will be heard. There will inevitably be a rebalancing from residential care to home support and fewer low care residential settings. And some providers will look at what is their core business. Will they provide both care and accommodation will decide the strengths lie in one area”.
“We are asking consumers who can afford to contribute to their aged care, to do so”.
“We are asking providers to offer greater consumer information and choice”.
On the 7.30 Report that night Fifield said “I think there will be a rebalancing overtime from residential care to home care packages”.
All the above again supports retirement villages, which is 100% consumer funded tailored ageing accommodation but also overcomes the curse of isolation.
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