Despite continued growth in government-funded home care and home support, the sector’s full-time equivalent direct care workforce has shrunk by 19 per cent since 2012, official figures show.
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.
Excessive exit fees and minimum notice periods could turn the hype of increased choice and control in home care into a fallacy, an advocacy group has warned.
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.
New information on My Aged Care reveals huge variation in the maximum exit fees clients can expect to pay when they leave their home care service, an analysis shows.
From the introduction of portable home care packages to new data being captured on My Aged Care, major new changes in home care were implemented this week. Here’s our recap on what you need to know.
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.