Strategy to guide North West age-friendly communities
A new strategy released today aims to create age-friendly communities across the WA Pilbara and the Kimberley, while encouraging more seniors support services and greater local employment in aged care.
Aged Care Minister, Ken Wyatt, launched the North West Ageing and Aged Care Strategy and applauded its vision of the region as an area where older people can confidently choose to age well, safely and in place.
The Strategy has identified four Desired Future Outcomes:
- Age-friendly communities that allow all older people in the North West Region to age well, safely and in place.
- Sufficient range of affordable and appropriate aged housing options in communities across the North West Region.
- Accessible, relevant and culturally appropriate community and home based care supports that allow older people residing in the North West Region to live independently for as long as possible.
- Quality and culturally relevant residential aged care facilities throughout the North West Region that allow older people to stay connected to community and age safely with dignity.
“Its number one guiding principle is respect, and it encourages the design and development of community initiatives that prevent loneliness, isolation, boredom, helplessness and vulnerability among ageing residents,” Mr Wyatt said.
“As more and more families join the thousands of people who already call the dynamic North West region home, it is incumbent on us to ensure our seniors can continue their essential contribution to our changing communities.
“I am pleased the Strategy also recommends creating task teams to facilitate aged care employment, with a special focus on encouraging young people and Aboriginal people into this growing career market.”
More than 350 older residents, carers, aged care service providers and local organisations were consulted for the Strategy, which was prepared by Regional Development Australia’s Kimberley and Pilbara committees.
Mr Wyatt welcomed the Strategy’s short, medium and long-term goals, from the engagement and inclusion of seniors in local communities, through to tailored home and residential care support.
“Without services available locally, many residents may be left with the difficult choice of having to leave their community or ‘country’, in order to receive adequate aged care.
“This Strategy embraces the potential of technology to improve active and connected ageing and it looks to interstate and international models, to see how they could be adapted, to make ageing in the North West the best it can be.”
After launching the Strategy, Mr Wyatt met with community and aged care support groups and service providers in Cheeditha and Roebourne.
7 November 2017