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Viva: Re-imagining aged care in Australia part 1

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Shocking stories heard in the Aged Care Royal Commission highlight the inadequacy of conventional aged care facilities in providing safe and quality care for our frail elderly.

It still hurts whenever Brisbane resident Gloria Gough recalls what her 96 year-old mother Suzanne Paruit-Chauvin endured after going through four nursing homes for respite care.

This was just one of the nursing homes Paruit-Chauvin briefly stayed at when her exhausted daughter desperately needed a break.

Sydney University aged care and dementia expert Associate Professor Lee-Fay Low says Australia is a long way from providing a satisfactory level of aged care as underscored in the thousands of complaints received by the aged care royal commission.

A common complaint by the providers is the lack of government funding.

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