The royal commission is seeking feedback from aged care stakeholders on the future design of the aged care system and a proposed new model.

Royal commissioners Tony Pagone and Lynelle Briggs released a consultation paper exploring options for future design of aged care programs last Friday.

In it, they ask “how could we ensure that any redesign of the aged care system makes it simpler for older people to find and receive the care and supports that they need?”

The paper sets out a model that aims to support aged care recipients to pursue and enjoy meaning and quality of life wherever they reside.

The model is designed around the best ways to meet the key types of needs that older people may have.

It has multiple components, which can be combined to match each person’s particular circumstances and preferences. They include:

  • a care finder to help older people link to services and oversee their own care
  • a support stream to help older people remain independent, engaged and connected to their communities.
  • an investment stream to support older people to maintain or regain functioning, and to support carers with regular and quality respite care.
  • a care stream for older people needing personal, nursing or allied health care, matched to their need in their own home or a residential setting
  • specialist expertise from the health and aged care systems to support people with more complex needs.

The consultation paper says the aged care system requires fundamental change to support particular principles underpinning what a system should include, such as respect and support for the rights, choices and dignity of older people and quality and safety of care.

All interested individuals and organisations are invited to make a submission responding to the paper before Friday 24 January 2020.

Access the consultation paper and find out more here.

To stay up to date on the latest about the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety go to our special coverage. 

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