Home care or nursing home, what is your choice?

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With the increasing number of Chinese immigrants in Australia, the Chinese elderly population is also growing. As early immigrants get older, more and more new immigrant parents come to Australia to stay with their children. According to the results of the 2016 Australian Census, nearly 1% of the elderly over 65 in Australia speak Mandarin, and more than 1% speak Cantonese at home. About 46,000 of Australians over the age of 65 are born in China. Under such circumstances, how to support the elderly effectively becomes a problem that Chinese immigrants are increasingly concerned about. So, what is the current home care package status of Chinese in Australia?

Chinese have unique needs for the elderly and face some difficulties. The difficulty is mainly caused by two reasons: the first is the language barrier, and the second is the different living habits. Language is a major obstacle for Chinese elderly people to live in local nursing homes. Many Chinese elderly people do not understand English and cannot understand Australia’s home care package policy. Some old people don’t know how to choose a nursing home. They think there is a family at the door. When they are old, they go to live there, but maybe that nursing home is not suitable at all. The most important aspect of living habits is diet. The biggest concern for Chinese elders in nursing homes is that they are not accustomed to Western diets, soft mashed potatoes, cold salad dishes, fried ham meat, etc, and there is no appetite.

In recent years, Australian nursing homes have also frequently exposed various scandals, including caring for the elderly, forcing the elderly to forcibly, and providing inferior food. According to a survey of more than 800 nursing homes in Australia by nutritionist Dr. Cherie Hugo, the Australian pension home set a meal fee of $6.08 per person per day for the elderly, while the Australian prisoner’s standard is $8.25. The cost is $17.25. According to government data, the number of non-compliant nursing homes soared by 292%. Now Australian Prime Minister Morrison is no longer able to ignore the growing number of elderly care workers who despise the law and put their lives at risk, announcing the establishment of an elderly care department. The Royal Commission will impose severe penalties on the problems found in the investigation and promise to formulate relevant policies to regulate industry behavior as soon as possible.

The vast majority of nursing homes in Australia are privately operated, but both require government approval and settlement of costs with the government. After living in a nursing home, the fees will vary depending on the conditions of the room and the bed. If the government holds a government pension after evaluation by the government, the nursing home will deduct about 80% of the pension as a daily pension. If it is still not enough, the elderly will need to pay the remaining expenses. Under normal circumstances, for the elderly without assets and without Australian income, the government does provide free pensions, but it is necessary to apply for queuing in advance, and the government assigns nursing homes, which are usually in poor condition. However, in all nursing homes with better conditions, the elderly are basically required to pay extra fees. Older people with good economic conditions generally choose single rooms and one-bedroom single rooms, so they have to pay an annual pension of 600-1000 Australian dollars.

The Australian government is now trying to get older people to live longer at home, which is why the Australian government has entrusted the Australian Council of Old Ages COTA to study the advantages of home-based care. The Australian government wants more elderly people to receive Home Care Packages and support them at home. So what is your choice?

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