Those of you who have been following the Royal Commission into Aged Care will be aware that the Commissioner’s Final Report, and the much-awaited recommendations, are due.
And the opportunities for retirement villages are exciting.
The Counsel Assisting Recommendations from last November call for both the federal and state governments – at Cabinet level – to support what is essentially the retirement village model.
In particular, we’ve been interested by paragraphs 165 to 170 at the beginning of their 450-page report. These paragraphs state:
A key element of the strategy should be about encouraging older Australians to take active steps to preserve and maintain their own health and wellbeing in later life, with the Government supporting people to take the first step.
There should be an integrated system for long term support and care of older people and their ongoing engagement with the rest of the community.
This requires the involvement of all levels of government and establishing linkages between aged care and other relevant domains, such as:
- the broader health sector and welfare and community services
- affordable and age-appropriate housing
Such a system should be the focus of a National Cabinet Reform Committee on Ageing and Older Australians.
It adds: The State and Territory governments have a critical role to play.
As you can see, a case could be made for the Royal Commission endorsing villages as a solution for ageing well.
The Final Report is released on 26 February.
If retirement villages are recognised and endorsed as a solution for ageing well, the world can be a very different place for village professionals, and most importantly our residents.