People and Innovation Priorities in the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care
We at CD Salus welcome the delivery of the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, published on 1 March 2021.
CD Salus was established with the commitment to “Prolong your healthspan and quality of life by innovative solutions”, we achieve this by embracing changes in the healthcare industry as a chance to help consumers live healthier lives in their home longer versus the alternatives of hospitals, hospices and aged care facilities. The solutions we seek are backed by our dedication to innovation, quality and superior service.
"Ageing at home can be central to a person’s sense of identity and independence"
The Report acknowledges that “most older people want to remain living in the own homes, rather than moving to residential aged care” and proposes a new aged care system “placing people at the centre of aged care” to “prevent and delay the impairment of their capacity to live independently”.
In addition to the focus on the individual and benefits of staying in their own home, it is pleasing to note that acknowledgment of the role of innovation and new technologies with the Royal Commission recommending establishing an Aged Care Research and Innovation Council which would include in its role the “application of technological developments in aged care”. We hope the Government implements this recommendation, and if so, we look forward to working with the Council and the recommended priority of “funding to research that is co-designed with older people and their families, and with aged care providers and the aged care workforce”.
We further look forward to supporting the goal of providing “pre-certified assistive technologies and smart technology to support care and functional needs of older people, and help manage their safety and contribute to their quality of life”.
Whilst the report identifies systemic issues with home care, nursing home regulation, staffing and transparency it also provides a road map for focusing on the individual, the benefits of aging at home and the role innovation can play in all of which is it at the core of CD Salus and our goal of improving healthspan, happiness and quality of life.
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