Aged care peaks have welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s probe into the costs of providing residential aged care to people with varying needs, but have called for a more comprehensive look at aged care costs and funding.
It is vital to enhance the interface between health and aged care to improve support services for people with dementia, according to a report released this week.
Aged care peak organisations and some large providers have expressed concern at the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency’s plan to charge operators to conduct annual unannounced spot checks on them.
A consumer directed residential care model and a series of education programs on diversity are among 42 innovative projects to share in $34 million of funding.
More than $3.7 million in new grants have been awarded to 18 providers of indigenous aged care in five states and the Northern Territory to provide practical assistance to improve their residents’ lives.
The network of nine state-based agencies that provide advocacy to older people receiving or seeking aged care has been appointed to run the commonwealth’s new national program.
Enhancements to My Aged Care that better support service providers, health professionals and clients have gone live this week.
The Commonwealth says it will look at new oversight measures for retirement villages following the Four Corners program, while seniors call for new national regulations.
Work is already underway within government on the Australian Law Reform Commission’s proposals, says Age Discrimination Commissioner Kay Patterson.
Findings will inform the new taskforce charged with developing a workforce strategy, to be established in July, says minister.
Lengthy inquiry recommends consideration of nursing requirements, publication of staff ratios and efforts to tackle pay in aged care.
Australia’s law reform body has recommended strengthening protections for seniors in aged care including a more extensive scheme for reporting and investigating alleged incidents.
Aged care’s new technology roadmap has been welcomed by government and the opposition for its potential to integrate into the ongoing reform process.
A new fund to help providers integrate technology into aged care services is among initiatives proposed in a sector technology plan launched by Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt.