Our Community Engagement and Advocacy Officer, Amanda Kunkler, recently shared a range of consumer views at the National Ageing Research Institute Summit. The discussion focussed on what makes good aged care, now and into the future.
The Summit coincided with the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Melbourne hearings, meaning it was a busy week for COTA Victoria and the aged care sector.
The Victorian Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers, The Hon Luke Donnellan, opened the Summit. Professor John Pollaers delivered the keynote on creating change in aged care services. Pauline Mackell shared her work connecting Aboriginal people with community through remote arts centres.
Amanda Kunkler’s presentation drew on nine community information sessions delivered by COTA Victoria throughout the year.
‘Older people at our sessions told us what good aged care looks like to them, including ways to stay connected to their communities.’
Older Victorians told us they wanted:
- Change and improvement in policy and systems
- Passionate and well-trained staff providing services to them
- Good quality and flexible home/residential care
- Greater social inclusion and community participation
- Support for their needs during each stage of life
- Retention of council-run services
- Innovative approaches, such as co-locating childcare and aged care and intergenerational flat mates
- Respect, dignity and meaningful inclusion in decisions that impact on their lives
Amanda also shared the delightful story of Anne Tudor and Edie Mayhew of Ballarat. Edie has made a successful transition to village-style residential accommodation following early onset dementia – with the help of their companion dog Melvin. You can watch a film of their story online.