From reforms to reviews, it’s been a busy year in aged care news, but it was our reports on the six-month saga over cuts to the sector’s funding announced in the May federal budget that most drew your attention.
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The creation of a “single aged care system” would see the distinction between home care and residential care removed, with consumers free to move between the two, under new changes that could begin in as soon as five years.
In a case that highlights the uneven provision of residential facilities across Australia, seniors in Mossman currently have to travel up to 80 kilometres to access aged care – but that will finally change this year.
Community care providers are struggling to fill their Level 1 home care packages while managing waiting lists in the hundreds for their high level packages, an analysis by Community Care Review shows.
A replacement to the axed dementia supplement, changes to pre-entry leave arrangements, and a simplified ACAR – the government’s latest mini-budget had more than enough to raise eyebrows in the sector.
From the dementia supplement debacle to the department’s computer glitches, and red tape cuts finally getting underway to current and future reforms on the horizon – Australian Ageing Agenda presents our top picks for the high and low points of 2014.
The Federal Government has announced that applications for the next aged care approvals round (ACAR) will open from May 2014.
Almost 80 per cent of applications for home care packages in the latest Aged Care Approvals Round were unsuccessful, indicating that providers are keen to meet consumer demand but funding is falling far short.
Minister for Ageing, Mark Butler says aged care providers and older Australians alike may be left pondering their futures if the passage of five bills, currently before the House of Representatives, does not proceed.
A shortened and simplified application process for the 2012-2013 ACAR is welcome news but experts warn, simplicity doesn’t mean a lower bar and there are plenty of traps for young players.
New figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare confirm nationwide aged care provision is very close to meeting the need, at least, based on the Department of Health and Ageing’s projections from 2007.
Australian aged care providers have been saying for some time that building and running a modern nursing home just doesn’t add up financially. Now they have more figures to back their claims.
With extra services places available once again in the recent ACAR, family-owned aged care provider Innovative Care is going ahead with ambitious expansion plans.
The release of this year’s ACAR figures have drawn practically the same response from the industry, the Opposition and the Minister who announced them.