Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt speaks to Community Care Review in his first comments directly addressing reaction to the government’s home care data released last week, revealing that more than one in ten approved for a package are estimated to be living with dementia.
The belief that people with an inability to speak or write are also intellectually impaired is widespread in the care community and needs to be tackled head-on, says a researcher who has developed and tested a range of communication tools.
There are now 16,755 registered providers in the disability services and care market catering for the 184,000 Australians who being supported by the NDIS, the latest figures show.
The peak body for people with dementia has called for more information about how many people with dementia are waiting for home care packages, after the latest government figures showed more than 108,000 people are waiting for a package appropriate to their needs.
The head of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission has provided an update on the work of the new regulatory body saying around 10,000 providers of disability services and support have been migrated to a national system.
Rural and regional aged care provider integratedliving has opened a “wellness” centre in the NSW northern rivers region that brings together a range of services aimed at helping older people stay active, mentally fit and socially connected.
The nation’s peak advocacy group for older people has called for a three-month waiting time target for home care packages, saying the latest data shows Australians are “crying out for home care support”.
The latest government figures show the number of people waiting for a home care package has increased to more than 108,000.
A study is looking at collaboration between indigenous art centres and aged care providers in remote parts of Australia in a project that could form the basis of a unique new application of consumer directed care.
Measuring factors like loneliness, connection to friends and family, sense of purpose and community engagement can easily be incorporated into home care assessments and can result in happier clients and better services, a study has found
There is currently no accurate way of estimating demand for home care in Australia and this has created huge gaps in what we know about the impact of the aged care reforms sweeping the industry, an issues paper says.
A rapid response outreach team that designed a referral pathway for emergency services, and an organisation that provides housing for elderly and frail homeless people have won national awards at the Hesta Aged Care Awards.
State and territory advocacy organisations are set to benefit from $2 million of federal funds to help combat elder abuse.
Australia’s largest provider of rural home support services is participating in a study to assess whether using the internet to connect elderly people in regional communities can reduce depression.