Funding not hitting the right targets

Many nursing home providers are reducing the number of Registered Nurses and replacing them with less skilled experienced and less qualified staff.

Federal politicians seem to believe putting millions of dollars into the aged care system solves the level and quality of care being delivered to nursing home residents.

Given that the majority of aged care providers are private companies – who are generally showing large profits in their financial reports – another lump sum cash injection by government into the aged care sector without specific direction to providers as to what areas of aged care this additional funding must be spent (for example,  equipment, staffing and catering).

This is only adding to their profit margin and doing nothing to improve the quality and level of care being provide to aged care residents.

Gippsland, Victoria