The Federal Government says it wants a discussion on accessing home equity to meet the costs of Australia’s ageing population, but so far has dismissed one proposed means of enabling it.
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Less than 60 per cent of the 25,700 new clients approved for home care last financial year took up their care package within three months, a new report has found, raising fresh concerns about extended waiting lists for community care services.
Stakeholders have supported the Federal Government’s agenda for the next stage of aged care reform, but they have called for protections for vulnerable seniors, particularly in rural and remote areas, and constructive engagement with the sector to flesh out the details.
It is natural for stakeholders to defend the interests of the people they represent, but the serious issues that the ageing population presents for Australia means we need some sensible solutions, not just hot air, writes Emily Millane.
Grandparents filling gaps in childcare; new insights into downsizing; lessons for eHealth; memory training proves beneficial; attitudes towards young in aged care.
Raising the pension age without addressing age discrimination and the structural issues which lock a significant number of people out of employment risks further entrenching inequality and poverty in older age, writes Senator Rachel Siewert.
At around 11.30am today, PM Julia Gillard and Minister Mark Butler, officially announced its response to the PC’s aged care inquiry. Read the details, as the government presented them.
Aged care reform getting up in this year’s budget is far from a sure thing, ACAA’s CEO has warned. The uncomfortable reality is that aged care’s once-in-a-generation reform package is in a competition for funding that will go right to the line.
Industry experts in law and finance say that while some questions about aged care reform recommendations remain unanswered, in general there is little to worry about.
Read what went down at Monday’s PC report media conference with Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler.
Not long to wait now for the final report of the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into Care of Older Australians.
One big provider has just splashed millions on a new property in north-west Sydney, and wants to more than double in size in two years.