Autonomous older Aussies more open to residential aged care

OLDER Australians who haven’t used any kind of low-level community care are more likely to enter residential aged care when suggested, a new report suggests.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s Pathways in Aged Care paper, published last week, tracked the movements of older Australians for the first two years after undertaking an aged care assessment.

It said 54% of older people who had never used residential respite or community care ended up in permanent low-level residential care within six months of this being recommended.

But just 26% of those who had already used residential respite and community care went to an aged care residence within six months, despite the same recommendation, while 17% did not enter a residential aged care facility within two years of it being recommended.