It was Maya Angelou who said ‘Do the best you can until you know better, Then when you know better, do better.’ Here at Well Placed Care, we believe that last year’s Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will strengthen the aged care sector, leading to a better experience for older Australians across the board.

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was a landmark inquiry. As advocates ourselves, it was so heartening to see older Australians have an active voice in examining their experience of the sector and being part of the Australia-wide transformation.

Like many in the sector, we were cautiously optimistic about the changes to the system that would come about following the inquiry. Whilst we understood the broader community’s reticence and lack of faith in the sector, rightfully so, as the Inquiry unveiled numerous examples of poor quality of care and non-compliance, we knew first hand that there are facilities and services delivering exemplary care. Many of the facilities and services we independently work with were making submissions, sharing their great practice and innovative models of care, as well as acknowledging and recognising the professionalism and compassion of their aged care staff.

We believed that showcasing wonderful services would give the Royal Commission the opportunity to see how not just to improve the existing situation, but would provide clear evidence of excellence, providing an opportunity for real reform across the sector.

As Aged Care Placement Advocates we were thrilled with the recommendations detailed in the Interim Report alongside the Federal government’s subsequent $57 million cash boost. The Interim Report’s recommendations promote a safety net to prevent safety and quality issues for older Australians to transform aged care. With greater transparency, accountability and continual improvement, there’s never been a better time to enter the aged care system.

What a wonderful outcome for our sector, and for older Australians!

There are many factors that come into play when selecting high quality aged care. The people we work with need confidence that their facility provides safe, high-quality care that is respectful, dignified and compassionate As independent aged care placement advocates, we know the industry intimately and have positive, long-term relationships with care providers. If you are considering aged care, our services provide that peace of mind that comes with having a trusted advisor to support and guide you to make an informed choice, one that is just right for you.

For more information about our independent aged care placement services, please contact our Aged Care specialist and consultant Pauline Healy.

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