Does Australia need a Disability sector and an Aged Care sector? Would care and service recipients be better served by one Support sector?
Whether this man requires his wheelchair due to genetic disorder, injury, mental health, disease or ageing, he and fellow recipients of services in both sectors have the same needs: they need assistance to do things they are unable to do for themselves. Is it reasonable for care and service recipients to be funded at different levels simply because they have been labeled as ‘Aged’ rather than ‘Disabled’? Does it make sense for tax payers to fund two different government bureaucracies with essentially the same purpose?
Put simply, does it matter why you need care or assistance? Is the care or assistance provided different? No, it isn’t.