A small and necessary price
IT is abundantly obvious that the private aged care homes are badly managed, particularly in Victoria, but no doubt elsewhere, and are the cause of the high COVID-19 cases and deaths.
As Victorian Premier Dan Andrews has stated, he wouldn't want any of his family to be resident in these homes as he has no confidence in their management.
Social spacing and other rules are not followed as they should be.
Apart from that, these homes charge exorbitant fees, making large profits which residents can't afford necessitating them having to sell their houses and other assets, which they have earned over their lifetimes and would wish to have them passed on to their loved ones.
With Australia's population ageing, our elder citizens deserve proper care. This virus has exposed the terrible lack of health care for the aged.
Surely is time for the federal or state governments to take over the ownership and running of all aged care homes.
Obviously it would have to be properly funded, but it's a small and necessary price to pay for the care of our elderly citizens.
John Edelsten, Legana.
MY neighbours are genuinely good people.
They have taken in a friend who is recovering from major cancer surgery for such time that he can resume living on his own.
This is a very generous and compassionate thing to do as well as being a significant financial commitment.
They have to ensure a proper diet is available as well as the considerable time and effort involved in assisting with washing and dressing.
On top of these tangible commitments there is the equally important one of making their guest feel welcome and happy.
I think anyone who undertakes such a project in these times deserves applause.
As I said - genuinely good people.
Rod Fenner, East Launceston.
Consider ditching charges
I'VE always considered myself a good Aurora Energy customer, paying my bill in full by direct debit and rarely calling the call centre and viewing my usage via Aurora online. That was until recently. This function was discontinued because it used out of date technology which could no longer be supported.
Since then I've received repeated emails suggesting I switch to Aurora Plus.
I'm amazed that considering payment is moved from quarterly to monthly, Aurora has no meter reading costs from Transcend that they feel the need to charge 11 cents per day to use the Aurora Plus app.
As Aurora purchases power from Hydro Tasmania monthly, customers on this product greatly assist their cash flow.
If Aurora wants to move more customers to this product, they should consider getting rid of the charge for the app.