Fight to change aged-care system.
A Shepparton aged-care facility is putting its weight behind a national campaign to improve care for our ageing population.
Shepparton Villages chief executive Kevin Bertram said some changes proposed by the Federal Government's Living Longer Living Better reforms were not workable.
He said the change from lump-sum bonds to daily fees was one potential change that would reduce the financial viability of aged-care providers nationwide.
Leading Age Care Australia recently launched the 3 Million Reasons campaign - raising awareness of the growing aged-care problems.
Spokeswoman Justine Caines said there were three million Australians over the age of 65.
Ms Caines said by 2050 the industry would need to see a 300 per cent increase in aged-care workers to meet needs.
"Everyone has a loved one, a friend or a parent who will require aged care - this touches everyone," Ms Caines said.
"We have to get this system right - otherwise it's going to affect multiple generations.''
An Aged Care Financial Performance Survey Analysis last year revealed a 60 per cent increase in the cost of maintaining a residential aged-care facility since 2007.
Mr Bertram gave evidence at a Senate hearing in May, and said the cost of providing care was not matched by Federal Government funding.
"You can't keep going when your costs are increasing at a greater rate than your income," Mr Bertram said.
"There are a number of things in the legislative process that would be a real problem for regional and rural aged-care facilities.
"It will have a dramatic negative impact on providers."
Mr Bertram said the reforms, which were supposed to make things better for the industry, were making things worse.
"Unless the funding is appropriate, there will be no new nursing homes to meet the increased demand."
For more information, visit www.3millionreasons.com.au.
As printed in the Shepparton News, Wednesday, June 12, 2013