Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes Minister for Aged Care, The Hon. Ken Wyatt’s Review of Aged Care Quality Regulation.
Alzheimer’s Australia CEO Maree McCabe said as the peak body providing support and advocacy for people with dementia, their families and carers in Australia, the issue of ensuring safety and quality across aged care services is critical to both consumers and Alzheimer’s Australia.
Last year, there were over 220,000 older people who received permanent care in a residential aged care facility, a significant proportion of Australia’s overall population.
People with dementia represent just over half of all residents in residential aged care facilities and they tend to have much higher care needs than residents who do not have dementia.
For those residents with dementia this may result in challenges to their ability to communicate which may expose them to undue risk.