Dementia is core business for aged care
25 February, 2011
The new report Caring Places Volume 2 reports that the consequence of a national shortage of over 279,000 community and residential care places by 2050 will be an average deficit of 1,800 aged care places in every Commonwealth Electoral Division.
Last year Alzheimer’s Australia released the report Caring Places Volume 1 which looked at different scenarios for the supply of aged care, to identify strategies to increase consumer choice and to promote service flexibility, and to identify funding options for a sustainable aged care system into the future.
Caring Places Volume 2 released on 25 February was commissioned to project the future requirements for aged care places and packages at the jurisdictional level, Aged Care Planning Regions (ACPRs), and Commonwealth Electoral Divisions (CEDs).
The key figures that came out of the report include:
- There will be a shortfall of 279,000 aged care places by 2050
- Dementia is a key driver of this increased demand
- There will be shortages in both community and residential care places
The top 6 electorates nationwide by projected aged care supply deficit by 2050:
- Paterson (NSW): 2,943 community packages and residential care places short
- Mayo (SA): 2,883 community packages and residential care places short
- Lyne (NSW): 2,873 community packages and residential care places short
- Flinders (VIC): 2,872 community packages and residential care places short
- Lalor (VIC): 2,857 community packages and residential care places short
- Fairfax (QLD): 2,850 community packages and residential care places short
*Caring Places: Planning for Aged Care and Dementia 2010 – 2050, Access Economics, February 2011, page 21, Table 1.5
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