Older Australians helped build this country - working hard, paying taxes and raising families.
But the Aged Care Royal Commission found up to two thirds of aged care residents are at risk of malnourishment – literally starving in the care of their government.
The Royal Commission also heard evidence of unacceptable standards of food with a lack of fresh ingredients, over and under cooked, no variety and described as ‘like dog food’.
Malnourishment can have a huge impact on the health of aged care residents. Increasing the risk of falls, fractures or ending up in hospital.
It’s a national disgrace.
This isn’t just about the money. It’s about basic standards. The Morrison Government is currently paying providers a Basic Daily Fee – without any real strings attached.
Labor will make sure this money is used for the things that matter, like quality care and good food.
A good meal is one of the simple pleasures of life. Aged care residents in a country like Australia deserve this basic level of dignity.
An Albanese Labor Government will act on the recommendations of the Aged Care Royal Commission by putting in place:
Labor will work with experts, providers, and aged care residents to develop practical aged care food standards and mandatory reporting rules.