Village Voice: March 2021

Perseverance

Perseverance.  Noun. Meaning: steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

As I write this, images have begun to be sent back to earth from the Mars Rover “Perseverance” that touched down on the surface of Mars in February. It took only 215 days to travel from Cape Canaveral in Florida to Mars, however it took decades of planning and learning from previous missions. It will be fascinating to follow the Perseverance’s journey over the next couple of years and see more of the images and data that it sends back.

Perseverance has been required from all of us over the past year and by the time you read this article, I expect that our Staff and our Industry will be facing new challenges as the final report from the Royal Commission into Aged Care is handed down. I anticipate that the findings of the Royal Commission will be seized upon by the tabloid media with light shone upon providers who should not be in the Industry. However I also anticipate that the recommendations will confirm many of the recommendations made by previous enquiries and reports for the aged care sector. Over the last couple of decades, while NASA has been working away on Mars exploration that culminated in the 215 day journey to Mars, successive Governments here in Australia have commissioned, and then largely disregarded, the findings of 20 separate independent reports into Aged Care and it is clear from all of the reports that major reforms were needed.

I hope that the Royal Commission Report will reach the point at which the Aged Care Industry is finally supported by Government with the funding and regulation that it needs to launch into a new era of care and service. Inevitably, many of the changes will cost money and that is always going to be difficult for Government and consumers, and all stakeholders need to agree on the future for aged care.

All change requires transformation, and this can be uncomfortable, however please be reassured that Village Baxter provides good care and service, our Aged Care services are Accredited and we employ qualified staff. If there is anything in the Royal Commission report that causes you concern or if you have questions, please let me know and I can provide you with more information.

Take care, Kim Jackson, CEO