Government communication on aged care reforms needs improvement: PC

December 4, 2015

Australian Ageing Agenda's Darragh O'Keeffe: Poor public awareness about the aged care reforms has affected the implementation of the changes and impeded seniors’ capacity to make informed decisions, a Productivity Commission report concludes.A survey of 1,524 Australians aged 60 and over conducted for the PC’s Housing Decisions of Older Australians report, which was released yesterday, found “low awareness” of the reforms.Just 20 per cent of respondents were aware of the aged care reforms, and a similar proportion felt they were well informed about the costs associated with moving into residential aged care, the survey found. Fewer than 10 per cent of respondents felt they were well informed about government-funded services to assist them in their own homes.  Read on at Australian Ageing Agenda

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