Australian Residential Aged Care Follows a Two-Tiered Approach

At present, Australian researchers have found that Australian residential aged care facilities are following a two-tiered system. These researchers analysed 10 years of residential aged care data up to 2012. Thereafter, they ascertained that a geographic split exists in the Australian residential aged care facility provision. This split becomes even more apparent when one compares the facilities offered in rural and remote Australia vis-à-vis the facilities offered in many of Australia’s major cities.

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As such, this makes it clear that aged consumers living outside major cities will hardly have access to the for-profit aged care facilities. Similarly, people living in remote areas will remain dependent on government-operated aged care facilities. This is especially so if these facilities are in the vicinity. The researchers also concluded that the proliferation of larger, for-profit services could impact the quality of life for residents. This is because many residents might prefer to be in a smaller, more intimate, not-for-profit service.