Which charity is the best at supporting the elderly?

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There is a genuine concern about the quality and safety of care for our elderly.

Recently, the federal government received over 5,000 submissions from aged care consumers, families, carers, aged care workers, health professionals and providers following a call for the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.*

The final report is due no later than 30 April 2020. There is no certainty over when or if any recommendations will be implemented.

In the meantime Australians will continue to get older. There are currently 3.7 million people over 65 years of age and this is expected to grow to 8.7 million by 2056.** Without action, many of our elderly will continue to be vulnerable to the aged care safety issues present today.

What can you do now?

You don’t have to wait for the government to make a difference. You can donate to a high quality charity that is improving the lives of our elderly now. The Good Cause Co. have evaluated three well-known charities that care for the elderly to help you decide which ones are worth supporting: Dementia Australia, Maggie Beer Foundation and Mercy Health Foundation.

Who is the best?

Dementia Australia and Maggie Beer Foundation both achieve our ‘Donate’ recommendation. Although they don’t achieve our highest recommendation, “Donate with confidence”, they are both generally trustworthy, and can demonstrate signs of effectiveness.

To choose between them, pick the service that you think is most necessary:

  • Dementia Australia - advocate on behalf of those with dementia, co ordinate national projects, promote and provide policy advice to Government and share information about all forms of dementia and dementia research.

  • Maggie Beer Foundation – improve the food experiences for older Australians, particularly those living within aged care homes.

Who should you avoid?

We recommend that you do not donate to Mercy Health Foundation. We suggest you avoid them for a few reasons. Firstly, they do not show us how money is being spent. They do not disclose what programs they are funding or the results of their funding. Secondly, we’re not convinced they are operated with the interests of their beneficiaries at heart. They do not present any assurances that conflicts of interests are managed and that funds won’t be misused.

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