An increasing number of older people will be unable to pay a bond when entering residential aged care if outright home ownership among retirees continues to decline, expert says.
The government is to undertake further consultations with the aged care sector before making a decision on the future funding model for residential care, Australian Ageing Agenda has confirmed.
Aged services delivering both residential and home care tell AAA they are confident proposed common standards can be applied across different settings.
Concerns over focus on ‘safety’ in new aged care standards as facilitating consumer choice often involves a level of risk.
A major operator is calling for special zoning for retirement living facilities in line with the planning concessions granted to aged care.
Aged care organisations could disclose performance issues in return for less intensive external assessment under proposals released by government.
Government should mandate the regular publication of financial details for each residential aged care provider, the financing authority hears.
Assessment teams in just two states are meeting their targets for “high priority” referrals, health department officials have revealed.
Department of Health officials have defended the outsourcing of major pieces of research and analysis that will inform the government’s current review of reforms and shape its future plans for the sector.
Aged care providers and consumer groups have heralded the latest changes to aged care that came into force this week, saying the reforms will improve outcomes for seniors and drive quality in the sector.
Some existing clients have not been assigned a home care package following the updates to My Aged Care over the weekend, as the department confirms manual data work is underway to fix the issues.
The federal government’s new restorative care program is underway with the inaugural allocation this week of 400 places with another 75 to come next financial year.
Aged care providers and consumers have told Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt they agree with the Aged Care Roadmap’s outline for future reform of the sector but that multiple strategies will be needed to ensure the landmark changes deliver an inclusive and sustainable system.
Rural and remote providers welcome recent government funding boosts to aged care provision, and the minister’s public commitment to resolving issues in the bush, but they say government action must go beyond the viability supplement.