The number of consumers on the national queue for home care packages has grown by 14 per cent to over 101,500 older people, the latest quarterly data report from the Department of Health shows.
Industry peak Leading Age Services Australia is proposing the government consider utilising unspent home care funds – estimated to be in excess of $200 million – to help alleviate the urgent need for additional packages.
Some 6 per cent or 50,000 aged care clients access more than five Commonwealth Home Support Program services, unpublished data from the Department of Health shows.
The reporting of home care monthly statements should be standardised across the industry and expenditure tracked over time to assess the impact of the February policy changes, researchers say.
With a growing number of Australians ageing in place at home, a new resource guides care workers, coordinators and informal carers on how to identify the signs of clinical deterioration.
Management and staff at two aged care organisations where 16 residents died during this year’s winter flu season lacked the skills and knowledge to respond to an outbreak, an audit by the Quality Agency has found.
Every three seconds another person in China turns 65, making it the fastest ageing population in the world, the inaugural Australia-China Aged Care Industry Development Forum heard on Monday.
The Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt said on Wednesday the federal government was currently considering the recommendations of a series of aged care reviews, but would not be drawn on a direction or timetable for achieving further reform.
The Department of Health has told a Senate estimates hearing last week it intends to release the second round of home care package data in mid-November.
A project is underway to assist aged care providers strengthen their policies on client consent and supported decision-making after new research has highlighted significant gaps.
The experiences of older people who are childless are being overlooked in aged care policy and planning despite their growing numbers, says sociologist Cassie Curryer.
The new CEO of the National Disability Insurance Agency has announced on Wednesday it will ditch phone-based planning and introduce in person plan development for all participants.
Limited data on the Commonwealth Home Support Program is hindering the sector’s understanding of the largest part of the aged care system, sector leaders have told a national aged care conference.
Complaints about community aged care account for a growing share of concerns received by the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner, new data shows.