Survey responses

Participant Info

Name Chris Schmidt
Party TNL (formerly The New Liberals)
Overall stance Supports aged care reform
Q1. Do you support home care that prioritises each individual's need for support? Yes
Comment I have been a carer for the last two years for my mother. I have accessed hone care services for her and found there is not enough flexibility and they are not always easy to tailor to her exact needs
Q2. Do you support a minimum amount of care per day to be provided in residential care, based on individual care needs? Yes
Comment This is a no brainer. There should also be minimum staffing levels.
Q3. Do you support sufficiently funded and accessible Allied Health Services for older people who receive aged care services, both in the home and in residential care? Yes
Comment There are not enough packages and my mother's care needs are increasing. She is on level 4 but the funding is no longer sufficient to support her in home. She will be forced into residential care. However, even there it is blatantly obvious facilities are under-funded. Increase the number of packages, the funding per package at each level and the funding to aged care facilities.
Q4. Do you support capping of administration fees for home care providers so more funds are available for direct support? (they are currently between 8% and 35%) Yes
Comment Too much goes into administration. In the case of providers I know in our area it is certainly greater than the actual cost of that administration
Q5. Do you support the provision of a variety of fresh, nutritious, appetising and appropriate meals in line with the meal choices of aged care residents? Yes
Q6. Do you support keeping the existing Aged Care Assessment process, the existing Regional Assessment Service (RAS) and Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACAT/ACAS) in public hands? Yes
Comment Vitally important. An organisation motivated by profit won't be concerned about adequately and accurately assessing needs
Q7. Do you support registration of all aged care workers in both residential and in home care settings? Yes
Comment This is a no brainer
Q8. Do you support a national minimum standard of training for all care staff in both residential and home care? Yes
Comment Another no brainer
Q9. Do you support at least one Registered Nurse (RN) on duty at all times in an aged care facility? Yes
Comment Most definitely
Q10. Do you support financial transparency of how taxpayer funds are being used in both residential and home care? Yes
Q11. Do you support public reporting of complaints including how they are managed and resolved, and public disclosure on whether the provider is meeting or failing quality standards? Yes
Q12. Do you support new Aged Care legislation that prioritises the human rights of older people and mandates quality? Other
Comment This should be included in a Bill of Rights so it is difficult to change and therefore the human rights of older people reduced
Q13. Do you support the mandatory reporting of serious incidents within a timely manner in both residential and home care? Yes
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