The Coalition Government has ruled out including the full value of an older person’s home in the means test for residential care and abolishing annual and lifetime caps on user contributions from among the recommendations in the aged care reform review.
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 food budgets of Australian residential aged care facilities are dwindling while money spent on nutritional supplements is increasing, according to new analysis.
Employer groups’ push for greater flexibility in contracts and rostering for part-time aged care workers has been rejected by the Fair Work Commission.
Seniors and legal centres call for government to enact new elder abuse recommendations while aged care providers say report will inform ongoing reviews.
Aged care’s new technology roadmap has been welcomed by government and the opposition for its potential to integrate into the ongoing reform process.
There are fresh calls for a coordinated national falls prevention strategy in light of new figures showing falls accounted for the vast majority of premature deaths in aged care.
Residential aged care facilities could be a key beneficiary of Australia’s new e-health system, so why aren’t more engaging?
Aged care peaks welcome stable funding for the sector saying stakeholders now have certainty as they work through numerous ongoing reviews ahead of next stages of reform.
There are growing calls for government to deliver a sustainable funding system following the release of the review into the Aged Care Funding Instrument, while the minister says he’ll now begin consultations.
Provider and consumer peak bodies are urging the Federal Government to increase the flexibility of the home care system to distribute packages based on assessed need rather than by funding level.
More than 175 RSL Care + RDNS aged care residents in north Queensland are sheltering in temporary accommodation, while many home care services remain suspended in affected areas.
More than two weeks after the launch of new data fields on My Aged Care the vast majority of home care providers are yet to make their cost information available to consumers.
Aged care providers and consumers have told Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt they agree with the Aged Care Roadmap’s outline for future reform of the sector but that multiple strategies will be needed to ensure the landmark changes deliver an inclusive and sustainable system.