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Measuring quality of life in aged care

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The paramount importance of quality of life to aged care consumers and their families was highlighted on the first day of the royal commission into aged care. But how do we measure this, asks Professor Julie Ratcliffe.

While giving evidence on Monday, COTA CEO Ian Yates said a survey had shown that aged care consumers placed a premium on quality of life, including being treated with dignity and respect, staff friendliness, feeling safe and secure and being supported to raise concerns about service and food.

Other factors were independence, control of daily life and being supported to maintain social relationships and community connections.

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Unknown Author, 2019, Australian Ageing Agenda (https://www.australianageingagenda.com.au/about/)

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