Many providers welcome the announcement as a significant step towards creating an integrated community aged care system but some say they are disappointed about a lack of sector consultation.
For the first time, nationally consistent guidelines have been introduced for the home delivered and centre-based meals sector under the Commonwealth Home Support Program.
Regular exercise for people with dementia improves balance and functional independence with everyday activities such as bathing and dressing, a new study has found.
A reluctance among older consumers to change their care arrangements or ask for additional services, coupled with poor advocacy from providers, has hampered the impact of consumer directed care, a government evaluation shows.
With just weeks to go before deregulation is introduced into home care, the Department of Health has released the findings of key research into the readiness of providers for the landmark reforms.
The majority of clients in the National Disability Insurance Scheme trial have enjoyed greater choice and control under the new program, but some have found themselves to be worse off under the scheme, an evaluation has found.
Home care providers are urging the review into aged care reforms to address ongoing concerns over lengthy consumer delays in accessing Level 3 and 4 packages and low take up of Level 1 and 2 packages.
Anna Howard, CEO of Murray Mallee Aged Care, talks to Community Care Review about the additional costs facing rural home care providers and the potential of technology to overcome the tyranny of distance.
Disability service providers facing increased competition and funding pressures in the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme are eyeing opportunities in new markets in a bid to secure their financial viability, a new survey shows.
The Victorian Government will introduce an independent registration and accreditation scheme for disability workers, becoming the first jurisdiction in the country to commit to the regulatory regime.
An innovative trial in Western Australia has been piloting the concepts of client choice and control in the Home and Community Care program, including giving clients the option of engaging their own support worker
Just 43 per cent of Regional Assessment Service (RAS) assessors said they were satisfied with the quality and accuracy of the information they received from the My Aged Care contact centre, a national evaluation of My Aged Care has found.
New efforts are underway in Australian universities to meet the future education and career development needs of the aged care workforce.
Work to take the assessment of aged care funding from the hands of providers is underway with the government commissioning the University of Wollongong to identify alternatives to the beleaguered Aged Care Funding Instrument.