The experiences of older people who are childless are being overlooked in aged care policy and planning despite their growing numbers, says sociologist Cassie Curryer.
Many older people and their families say they feel confused and overwhelmed by reforms taking place in aged care and are sceptical they can deliver on the promise of increased consumer choice and control, a large-scale qualitative study has found.
The time has come for Australia to start having important community discussions about aged care, writes Jan Adams.
The Minister for Aged Care is hosting multi-stakeholder sessions around the country as he applies the concept of co-design to the breadth of aged care reform, he has told a national aged care conference.
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.
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.
Aged care CEO and global ambassador Marcus Riley has shared Australia’s progress and brought back learnings for the sector.
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 peak body representing Australian physiotherapists has urged the government to improve the choice and scope of physiotherapy services for aged care residents.
The challenge facing governments and providers is how fast planning laws can change to meet seniors’ wishes to age in place, says a leading expert on housing.
Providers should contribute to costs of any scheme guaranteeing lump sum accommodation payments if the benefit exceeds the cost, says the Aged Care Financing Authority.
The Department of Health is reviewing the letters sent to consumers as survey shows a significant proportion of older people are confused about how to access their package.
While pushing back the introduction of an integrated in-home care system is not ideal, it will give us an opportunity to put in place a more effective home care system for all, writes Jeremy McAuliffe.
The Federal Government is seeking feedback to inform work on the new framework for delivering care to older Australians with diverse needs.