Push to double aged care fees – amid shocking revelations

Isabelle Lane for the New Daily writes:

A powerful aged care industry group featured in Four Corners‘ Monday night exposé is lobbying for aged care residents to be charged more than double the current maximum fee for daily living costs.

Residents in aged care homes are already forced to sacrifice 85 per cent of the aged pension to cover daily living costs, but according to Leading Age Services Australia – the peak body representing Australia’s private and not-for-profit aged care services – they are not paying enough.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who in 2016 slashed $1.2 billion from the aged care budget, also announced a royal commission into the sector.

Four Corners shone a spotlight on the harrowing living conditions, neglect, and abuse suffered by elderly residents in aged care homes across the country.

[ed: Women outnumber men in aged care 2 to 1. Source]

https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2018/09/18/aged-care-lobby-four-corners/?

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