The introduction of mandatory income-tested fees for home care would be positive for both the sustainability of the sector and for consumers, the aged care royal commission has heard.
The average amount of unspent funds per home care package client has hit almost $7,000 and total unspent funds are likely to reach $600 million by the end of the financial year, a key financial analysis shows.
A Sydney council is looking outside the box in the way it provides community services to the elderly and disabled to target a broader spectrum of wellbeing needs, including reducing loneliness and isolation.
The number of older Australians waiting for the right level of care is continuing to grow with the latest figures showing almost 128,000 are queued for a home care package matching their need.
LASA has launched its campaign for the 2019 federal election calling for legislated maximum home care wait times to fix the “human tragedy in home care”.
Service providers are likely to fall under the spotlight of the proposed disability royal commission, according to draft terms of reference released by the government.
An Australian research team aims to develop a prototype for an affordable, mass-produced telepresence robot that can be used to prevent social isolation among the elderly and keep them in their homes for longer.
Australian providers are up for prizes in the Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation awards, which recognise organisations that demonstrate innovation in aged care business, service and operations.
A new report indicates a high level of consumer dissatisfaction with home care providers for overcharging, sending out inadequately trained workers and failing to communicate.
Victoria will establish a state-wide navigator service to support people who want access to voluntary assisted dying (VAD) and connect them with participating health professionals and services when VAD is implemented in the state in June.
Unspent home care funds are creating a “perverse incentive” for providers to spend the money inappropriately, the Royal Commission has heard.
Victorian-based provider Bolton Clarke has been well represented at LASA’s state Excellence in Age Services Awards, taking out individual and team gongs.
The aged care royal commissioners already seem to be forming a view that the sector is complacent about change, and providers need to dispel that perception by being open and upfront, an industry conference has heard.
LASA is launching an online tool to help home and residential aged care providers transition to the new quality standards which come into force this year.