Limited data on the Commonwealth Home Support Program is hindering the sector’s understanding of the largest part of the aged care system, sector leaders have told a national aged care conference.
Provider and consumer peaks are urging the Federal Government to consider the recommendations of the Tune Review as a whole and avoid picking individual proposals to implement.
The time has come for Australia to start having important community discussions about aged care, writes Jan Adams.
Nearly 90,000 older Australians approved for a home care package are unable to access the care they need, the first-ever data on unmet consumer demand for packages has revealed.
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.
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.