Eventide Homes in Stawell wants to see increased government support across the aged care industry after the Royal Commission's final report into Aged Care Quality and Safety was released to the public on Monday, March 1.
The report, and its 148 recommendations, painted a disturbing picture about failures in the industry, with aged care providers in the region wanting the federal government to act.
Eventide Homes chief executive officer Sue Blakey said it was important that the final report outlined some of her major concerns for the industry.
"Our number one priority is we would like our staff to be paid more to recognise the job and the responsibility that they actually have," she said.
"And the Royal Commission has recognised that which is pleasing.
"But we need to get the funding so that we are able to provide more staff, to improve and to give better quality care."
Ms Blakey said the Royal Commission final report outlined the need for greater staffing levels, but was concerned about how a regional town like Stawell will manage to find the staff required.
"One of the issues we will face is where are we going to get staff from," she said.
"The government are going to role out a training program but it worries me as to where we are going to get the additional staff from in regional areas.
"The major cities will do okay out of this, but we need to attract people to our area to work in aged care and I just don't know where we are going to get those numbers from."
Ms Blakely said she was proud of the work Eventide Homes had already done in improving their care, but noted federal government support will be necessary to meet these recommendations.
"In the report it mentioned that RN (registered nurses) need to be onsite and at Eventide we have had them onsite 24-7 for at least the last seven years and the importance of that was recognised by Eventide a long time ago," she said.
"Our number one priority is we would like our staff to be paid more to recognise the job and the responsibility that they actually have"Sue Blakey
"We are striving to raise our standards and we have been for the last 12 months or so and we are committed to doing better.
"It is critical that things do change in aged care because there has been some terrible situations, but at Eventide we are trying to provide consistently high standards of support, but the government will have to help us out in doing that."
In releasing the findings, both commissioners concluded significant reform is needed.
Commissioner Tony Pagone noted the legislation that governs how aged care was offered in this country was all about cutting costs.
He said shortfalls in the sector link to the 1997 Aged Care Act, which "is not primarily concerned with the quality of care or with ensuring that older people can access the care that they need, but identifies the 'billions' in savings that had been achieved to that time".
Commissioner Pagone also outlined cost-cutting motivation had left one in three Australians in aged care receiving substandard care and meant the regulatory systems intended to weed out poor practices and bad behaviour had been "weak and ineffective".
When releasing the report to the public, Prime Minister Scott Morrison did not commit to how much his government would spend to meet the recommendations outlined in the report, stating "the answer is not known yet".
"The royal commission has now, I think, set out a very important roadmap which I think will establish generational change in the country when it comes to aged care," he said.
The government announced it would spend $452m to "address immediate priorities in the sector" in the wake of the damning findings.
"The Government is committed to transforming aged care and the Royal Commission's monumental report, with 148 recommendations, delivers a challenging, but achievable road to reform," it said.
Mr Morrison said changes would take "considerable time" as the government now works towards a five-year plan aligned with the time frame of the report, with further funding and regulatory changes to be announced in the coming months.
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