COVID-19 Insights: Aged care
The COVID-19 pandemic and public health measures introduced to combat it have both exacerbated pre-existing barriers and created new challenges to care, services and supports for at-risk older people.
Many older people are experiencing:
- greater risk of emotional, physical, financial and other forms of abuse and neglect
- ongoing physical and mental health impacts of social distancing measures
- unmet need, due to limited interim supports for those waiting for assessment or funded care
- difficulties accessing complex care in the home (including occupational therapy, end-of-life care and social connection programs)
- challenges with using technology, owing to physical frailty, cognitive decline and vision or hearing impairments
- exclusion from essential services, due to unaffordable phone and/or internet plans and/or the inaccessibility of digital interfaces such as My Aged Care, MyGov and telehealth.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence is particularly concerned about impacts for older people experiencing deep and persistent disadvantage. This diverse group remain at greatest risk.
SOURCE: Mills, Amber and Finnis, James “Older people and aged care.” Research & Policy Centre, Brotherhood of St Laurence, June 2020.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present
Produced by the librarians at the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Melbourne, Australia