In Australia, as in most parts of the world, the increasing number of aged persons and the proportion of the population represented by aged persons is a cause of concern that will require changes in many areas of community life, including aged care. This paper draws on Australia’s experience to propose a new model for residential aged care with potential international application. The health care needs of the aged are also changing everywhere. More aged persons have chronic diseases needing regular supervision and management, and there are more aged persons with dementia. We must anticipate elderly populations seeking more health care at a time when families and authorities are less able to afford health care.
Document Type: Commentary