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Intouch : In Touch Issue 77
Research www.alzheimers.org.au In touch Winter 2011 9 Increasing rates of dementia will drive a 279,000-place shortfall in community and residential care by 2050, according to a new Access Economics report commissioned by Alzheimer’s Australia. In NSW this will leave an estimated 95,200 older people without access to the aged care services they need. The report, Caring Places Volume 2, uses projections based on current government policy to study how this shortage will impact on every federal electorate in Australia. Reforming aged care The report comes a month after the release of the Productivity Commission’s draft report on aged-care reform. “The reform of aged care should recognise the extra demands that dementia care places on family carers, as well as the additional costs to service providers,” said AlzNSW CEO The Hon. John Watkins. “A comprehensive plan is needed to address the dementia epidemic, which embraces aged care reform and ensures timely diagnoses.” Aged care provider Bupa Care Services (BCS) is working in partnership with Alzheimer’s Australia to develop better treatment and management strategies for people with dementia. “Although everyone desires to stay in their own home, our research reveals that caring for someone with dementia can be an overwhelming burden on the family,” BCS Managing Director Paul Gregersen said. “We hope the government gives priority to funding dementia-specific aged care to meet the needs of our ageing population,” he said. Creating places Ita Buttrose AO OBE, President of Alzheimer’s Australia, said the number of Australians with dementia will grow to almost one million by mid-century. “The Productivity Commission’s report made a great start in recommending entitlement to aged care, increased consumer choice and flexibility of services,” Ms Buttrose said. “However, we were discouraged to see that not one of the 42 recommendations dealt specifically with dementia and we urge the Commission to make dementia care the highest priority as they finalise their deliberations.” The report Caring Places Volume 2 reports the numbers of additional aged care services that will be required across the states and territories, as well as Commonwealth electoral divisions and Aged Care Planning Regions. The full report is available from the Alzheimer’s Australia website. W: www.alzheimers.org.au More care places needed: new report Australia is facing a shortage of 279,000 aged care places by 2050, with dementia a key driver of demand. CRUNCH THE NUMBERS ACCORDING TO THE ACCESS ECONOMICS REPORT, NSW WILL FACE A SHORTAGE OF 95,200 AGED CARE PLACES IN 2050 SHORTAGES WILL BE FELT MOST IN MID AND FAR NORTH COASTAL REGIONS, WITH ELECTORATES IN THOSE REGIONS PROJECTED TO FACE 4 OF THE TOP 5 SHORTAGES: PATERSON: 2943 LYNE: 2878 RICHMOND: 2777 COWPER: 2678 ROUNDING OUT THE TOP 10, GILMORE WILL FACE A SHORTAGE OF 2590, FOLLOWED BY PAGE: 2431 DOBELL: 2311 SHORTLAND: 2259 EDEN-MONARO: 2222 CHARLTON: 2208 NEWS
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