The average amount of unspent home care funds held by providers has increased by around $1000 in the last year to just under $7000 per client.
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Aged care workers raise concerns daily about physical violence, low pay, staff shortages and challenges securing permanent work, the royal commission hears.
Providers in three states have all recently won awards for their business or marketing initiatives.
The professional organisation for Australia’s general practitioners is seeking feedback on a draft set of voluntary standards for residential aged care facilities to improve the primary care of residents.
A new report on the use of chemical restraint in residential aged care facilities is calling on the government to ban the practice and mandate training for staff on dementia and alternative methods.
Enterprise bargaining has been an ‘abject failure’ in terms of improving wages and conditions in the home care sector, the Royal Commssion has been told.
Almost one in two home care workers have suffered a workplace injury, more than half have been abused and almost three quarters have been in situations where they have felt unsafe in a client’s home.
A survey of carers has found that almost one in four are living with chronic anxiety, and warns the situation will get worse without adequate supports.
The government needs to act on a number of workforce recommendations before the sector can improve employee attraction and retention, the workforce taskforce chair tells the royal commission.
Reconceptualising residential aged care from an institution to a home has inadvertently led to today’s less clinically skilled and oriented workforce, an expert tells the aged care royal commission.
Four out of 10 residential aged care workers are planning to leave the sector within five years because they are overworked, stressed and underpaid, a national worker survey shows.
Sector peak ACSA has backed a star-rating approach to evaluating staffing levels like the one at the centre of a new report that found more than half of Australian aged care residents are in facilities with too few staff.