Byline: Gail Forrer Group Editor
AT one point over the past few years, my friends' conversations often noted how difficult it was gain services which would enable their elderly parents to stay in their homes.
These days the conversation is changing to one of wondering if the push towards people ageing in independent accommodation has gone too far.
For instance, I was recently in conversation with a friend who said: "My father is 92-years-old.
"I think he should be in a home where he can have 24/7 care but these days the government is pushing the stay-at-home philosophy and doing everything they can to keep them at home, even if it doesn't seem right."
It's not the first time I've heard this sentiment expressed. It's hard to get it right all the time and personal observation tells me that most people wish to stay in their own home, even if this isn't the best choice for their extended family or safest for them.
These days, retirement villages offering staged accommodation to suit changing health needs can provide a segway between independent living and full-time nursing home care.
Yet, without doubt, the opportunity to stay in independent living accommodation is rising with the advancement of technology.
In fact, a trial of a new high-tech movement monitoring system designed to help senior Australians live safely in their own homes for longer begins this year.
The Federal Government has invested $260,000 in the system, which allows early detection and intervention should safety issues arise for older people living at home.
Federal Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, said the Monitoring Data Response Solution (MDRS) was Australian innovation at its best.
"It enables remote monitoring and tracking of an aged care recipient's daily routine, to help prevent...