The Australian aged care system is in crisis as more older Australians are facing the prospect of being unable to access the care they need when they need it.
A world in which only a few can afford housing is not sustainable. Today, however, most cities around the world are facing major challenges in providing safe and adequate housing for their people, especially cities that are growing rapidly and where the affordable housing options are limited. This report explores both supply-side and demand-side dynamics.
New and existing homes in the UK need to be adaptable to the changing needs of an ageing population to promote both independence and self-determination. Poor and inaccessible housing has profound implications for our ageing population. There were 13.3 million disabled people in the UK in 2015/16, with 44 per cent over state pension age.
This Position Paper is based on the evidence presented in the Background Paper of the same name which shows that the implementation of aged care service information, assessment and delivery is not meeting the intent of the Australian aged care legislation at this stage, especially regarding older women who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.
The National Aged Care Alliance has developed this paper to highlight the urgent need to provide secure, suitable and affordable homes for older Australians now and into the future. The structure and funding of our aged care system presumes that people own their own home or enjoy living in secure and affordable rental housing, while aged care itself is increasingly focussed on providing that care
The recommendations in this Position Paper have been developed based on the evidence summarised in the Background Paper- Older women experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. This Position Paper is aimed at Federal, State and Territory Australian governments.
Australia’s population is ageing and our aged care system isn’t keeping up. Too many older Australians aren’t getting the support they need, or they’re fighting to be treated with dignity and respect. The Federal Government has invested an additional $5 billion in our aged care sector over five years.
This report compiles existing research and data to present an overview of the current issues around ageing and homelessness in Australia. The report explores the precursors and drivers of homelessness for older people, and also provides solutions and recommendations to respond to the growing problem.
Australia has a crisis in the supply of social and affordable housing. This is evidenced by the hundreds of thousands who are experiencing homelessness, on wait-lists for public housing, or living in severe housing stress. Taken together, the statistics tell us that across Australia there are over 105,000 people experiencing homelessness and 875,000 households experiencing housing stress.
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