We read with tremendous support and concern, these well compiled and researched papers, led by the Australian Association of Gerontology. We are heartened by the recent focus on this issue given the demand and the lack of appropriate housing product designed for women in need. Australia needs to act quickly on this one, hidden well the many other plights of both homelessness and ageing.
Please read, care and share - we particularly note the following Recommendations 5, 7 and 8 in relation to the responsibility of the Aged Care system in this process:
Recommendation 5: Include questions addressing housing and the risk of, or experience of, homelessness in the aged care assessment processes and provide appropriate pathways to Assistance with Care and Housing services for older people, as well as home care and residential aged care services tailored for people who have experienced homelessness.
Recommendation 7: Establish a capital pool to enable specialist aged care providers to build residential aged care facilities for older people who have experienced homelessness that is appropriate for their financial, wellness and health needs.
Recommendation 8: Review, increase and index the Homeless Supplement for residential aged care providers to meet the costs incurred by facilities in providing specialised services for older people who have experienced homelessness.
We then recommend developers and NFPs work together with us to present Government with development models that are worth backing, and we offer our informed design services accordingly.
Nothing comes easy in this space!