Aged care organisation IRT Group and disability employment provider the Flagstaff Group are piloting a new training program to assist people with disabilities to move into a career in aged care.
Given very little is known about the quality of day respite centres, a new project will begin a conversation about the issues in respite service provision in Australia, says researcher.
Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie has accused home care providers of charging clients excessive administration fees on a scale that amounts to “systemic rorting” of government subsidies.
Rod, 54, who acquired a brain injury following a car accident in 2001, says the care he receives from support worker Euan allows him to lead an independent life.
The financial performance of home care providers improved in 2014-2015, with 72 per cent of providers recording a net profit, up six per cent on the previous year.
Reducing dependence on government funding, scale, efficiency and brand are all essential to provider sustainability in the home care market, says financial consultant.
An initiative to improve the take up of home care packages by older indigenous Australians in Sydney’s west has been recognised in this year’s Better Practice Awards.
The Department of Health is proposing to publish information on the non-compliance of home care services on the My Aged Care website from later this year.
Despite nine years of compulsory reporting, the aged care sector is still in the dark about the prevalence of assaults in aged care and the outcomes of notifications to the police.
New efforts to assess and meet the needs of carers are required alongside consumer directed care policies in aged care and disability, a new report argues.
Industry consultants are predicting intense competition between providers in home care with a range of new players seeking to enter the government-subsidised market.
From blunting demand for residential aged care to increasing the use of telehealth, different approaches are being taken by providers to ensure the long-term viability of rural and remote services.
Managing unspent funds in home care packages continues to be on ongoing issue for providers ahead of the February 2017 changes with new data showing up to a quarter of some packages has not been spent.
Providers should start preparing for a future where the traditional boundaries between home and residential care collapse and new models of care and accommodation emerge, sector leaders say.