Providing older people with the information and support to be empowered consumers in the reformed aged care system is central to the latest reform blueprint, and providers have a role to play in this area.
Aged care stakeholders have welcomed the reappointment of Sussan Ley as Minister for Aged Care and Ken Wyatt as Assistant Minister, saying it provides continuity for the next stage of reforms.
Aged care providers, consumers and unions have told the re-elected Coalition Government they are united on the further reforms needed to aged care and initial steps must be contained in the next budget.
With devices becoming more affordable, the use of virtual reality as a therapeutic tool in aged care is increasing, and many developers are working to produce content specifically for residents, reports Darragh O’Keeffe.
The experiment to introduce consumer directed care to residential aged care homes in the UK has “largely failed at this point”, after pilots showed poor uptake among seniors, says an Australian aged care leader who has just returned from a study trip.
A group of five not-for-profit aged care providers in regional NSW say cuts to aged care funding will reduce their collective revenue by $3 million in the first year and mean the loss of 100 part-time jobs in their area.
Seniors who are cash-strapped and have complex healthcare needs will end up in the hospital system as the recent funding cuts limit the ability of aged care operators to accommodate them, provider says.
AUDIO: Aged care providers should focus on small-scale, domestic and familiar when aiming for good dementia design, says Emeritus Professor Mary Marshall.
Not-for-profit providers back Independent Senator for South Australia Nick Xenophon’s call for a Senate inquiry into aged care funding, following the government’s controversial changes to ACFI.
Mature age employment, dementia and palliative care are among the areas featured in the Greens aged care policy, released yesterday.
The Labor party says it will release the economic modelling behind the controversial budget measure to reduce aged care funding by $1.2 billion if elected, but maintains it cannot reverse the changes.
Coalition MPs are being warned that votes are on the line if the Federal Government’s controversial cuts to aged care funding aren’t halted, with aged care providers ramping up grassroots campaigns.
The Coalition has announced it will provide $7.5 million for the establishment of specialist care units to care for people living with dementia and very severe behaviours.
For his years volunteering in aged care and disability services, John Dennis was recognised in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday honours, along with others supporting aged care and dementia care.