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State Trustees makes submission to Royal Commission into Aged Care

State Trustees Victoria and the Public Trustee and Guardian of the Australian Capital Territory have made a joint submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care.

Both the Public Trustees manage the affairs of elderly and vulnerable people, including many that live in aged care facilities.

The joint submission makes several recommendations, including:

  • strengthening the safeguards in place to protect older people from abuse or neglect through better education and training of providers;
  • improving engagement between aged care facilities, carers and families;
  • ensuring clients retain control of their accommodation choices;
  • providing greater choice regarding service fees; and
  • mandating the minimum heating and cooling requirements.

State Trustees CEO Matt Carrick said 24 per cent of our clients were living in residential aged care.

“Our joint submission is based on almost 80 years of experience, and the feedback we receive from our clients and their family and friends,” Mr Carrick said.

“The nature of our role means we understand the challenges our clients face with the current aged care system and it’s important we advocate for improvements on their behalf.”

“One particular area of concern is the increasing number of cases we see involving financial abuse among older people. We’d like to see more done to educate aged care employees to recognise the signs and how to manage it, to ensure those older people at risk of financial abuse are protected.”

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