23 March 2019
Subjects: Living Longer, Aged Care Charter of Rights, Royal Commission
Ken Wyatt: Here at SouthernPlus, it’s great to have family together because in some parts of Australia, they go into aged care facilities where 40 per cent of the people in there never have a single visitor a day, that’s 365 days of the year.
So it’s great having family involved, you’ve got a special facility here that’s- you should be extremely proud of.
At the moment, we’ve got about 6.3 million Australians over the age of 60. That’s a lot of people taking that journey.
We have about 4000 over 100 years and in 20 years’ time, we’ll have 20,000 Australians living beyond 100 years. So it’s a lot of us living longer and for the young ones in the room, you’re probably going to live to about 110 by the time you get [indistinct].
So it’s something that you’re not going to have a choice in because in one sense medicine and health is improving.
They’re estimating that a child born in Japan today will live to 120, which means that an Australian child will live the same length of time.
So just imagine if you live 150 years. For those of you who are married, you’d been living with your wife or husband for at least another 105 years; it’s only true love that you would consider.
But can I congratulate Errol and the whole team and the board for a magnificent facility where you really show that you care for the people who live here and you care for their families.
It’s a great privilege to have been shown through your facility today. And they’ve done such a great job they’ve even had somebody go home because they’ve re-enabled them, they’ve made them capable of being fit, healthy and well.
If Errol keeps doing that to everybody in here he’s not going to have anybody left.
So we thank you very much. And I hope whoever- whichever team you barrack for today or tomorrow, whether it’s the Dockers, great, if it’s the Eagles…
Unnamed Speaker: Even better.
Ken Wyatt: Maybe.
But thank you very much. I’ll let you get on with eating your food and having your tea and coffee. Congratulations to you all.
Ken Wyatt: Regarding the Charter of Rights in aged care, the Charter of Rights never co-signed by the provider or by the family.
The new Charter of Rights is simple, it’s in plain English.
It means when you come in, you have a single page in which you will write your name and the provider will right theirs and then what they’ll do is both sign off to say that we will honour the commitment that we give to you and to your family. And that commitment is about providing the best possible care that they can.
It’s based on compassion and I used the word love as well. So I’ve seen the way in which staff had given love to people who live within those facilities by the way in which they care for them.
The charter now means that every aged care provider in Australia from the end of September will have to have one of these signed with every person within their facility.
For those who live at home with home care packages, it’ll be on 31 December. And there is an obligation then for them to provide the level of care that you would expect.
But equally, people receiving care will also need to be respectful of sometimes challenges that evolve in caring for them.
But it’s one way that we are moving forward as a nation to give and pay respects that ever senior Australia who have built everything that we and the younger generation take for granted.
Because it’s through your hard work that we’ve got a country as great as ours. So the Charter of Rights today is a change in direction and is everything that Errol spoke about.
It is our commitment, the Government and the aged care sector, to senior Australians and their families. So it gives me great sense of pride in launching here today the charter of aged care rights will apply to every senior Australian in aged care services.
So thank you very much.
Errol Turner: We believe the affirmative action such as the charter, together with the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, are really positive steps taken by the Commonwealth.
We feel that through the work of the commission, many, many positive outcomes will be achieved for our ageing community, our staff, and our providers alike.
The Health and Wellness Precinct for Seniors which we have at Southern Plus East Fremantle is the first of its kind in Western Australia, and we are very proud of it. It is a point of difference in the community and is our demonstration and commitment in offering clients a truly better way to age.
As a leading provider, we believe we have the responsibility to ensure our clients are proactive in maintaining a healthy lifestyle as they age.
With an ageing population, and many with chronic conditions, we believe Southern Plus East Fremantle is well placed.