In 2011, Red Alert has done a few new things. One of them is to introduce you to some new Labour candidates who will do the occasional guest post.
This gives them the opportunity to put forward some ideas and you the opportunity to get a sense of who they are before the upcoming election.
Today’s guest poster is Ben Clark, the Labour candidate for North Shore.
It’s Age Concern Awareness Week , and the International Day of the Older Person was on October 1.
Although I spent Saturday being told how young I looked while out door-knocking and at Mairangi Bay market, I was pleased to be able to tell a number of people about Labour’s newly released Aged Care Policy.
And it impressed them. It’s not just important to an older electorate like the North Shore, because all of us don’t know how we will spend our final years. So having some of our money protected against rest-home costs ($180,000 currently and increasing $10,000 per year) is important. Having the certainty of quality care is also vitally important.
And mandating trained staff, with minimum staffing levels and decent pay will make a huge difference.
At the moment there are problems with overstretched nurses and too little knowledge. The care levels aren’t always what they should be. With the higher quality care mandated, we can all be assured of the respect we deserve in our final years.
A number of people compared the importance of qualified carers to Labour’s requirements for qualified Early Childhood Education teachers. If we’re going to pay our taxes, then we deserve proper quality – at both ends of our lives.
Ben Clark lives in Devonport, and has worked as a computer programmer in hi-tech exporting industry for his whole career (mostly in computer games!). He’s a regular blogger on The Standard and created John Key’s Asset Sales Hoover Game earlier in the campaign.