The time has come for Australia to start having important community discussions about aged care, writes Jan Adams.
Giving residential aged places directly to consumers, tweaking policies for offline residential care places, and temporarily reallocating unused places to home care packages are among the 38 recommendations in the final report of the five-year review of aged care reform.
The Department of Health has not met its July deadline for the release of data on the new national queue for home care, a key transparency measure of the government’s home care reforms.
The reforms to residential aged care payments have largely met its objectives, but there is evidence some providers are not allowing true choice of payment.
More than half of home care providers are charging consumers less than the maximum basic daily fee amount and 22 per cent are waiving the fee altogether, a new survey finds.
Home care providers are urging the review into aged care reforms to address ongoing concerns over lengthy consumer delays in accessing Level 3 and 4 packages and low take up of Level 1 and 2 packages.