The Alliance of Age Sector NGOs appreciates the opportunity to make a submission to the COVID-19 Nursing Homes Expert Panel. The Alliance has consistently called for a coherent whole-of-government approach to influence policy for better delivery of services and supports for all as we age. Older people want to age in place – meaning the choice to remain in their own homes and in communities as long and independently as possible.
The vital role of adequate care supports to enable people to age in place safely has been highlighted during COVID-19, with gaps in the system exacerbated. When people are provided with the level of care and support they need, they can continue to live dignified lives whether in their own homes or in residential care, which is their preference and right.
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