The assessment and funding model proposed by the University of Wollongong recommends residents be grouped by 13 payment classes and that facilities not be advised of a resident’s class until after they are in care.
A new initiative will deliver psychological services to aged care residents and provide training opportunities for staff working in residential care facilities.
The government has launched a four-year national plan to combat elder abuse through action in five priority areas including research, education, prevention and the strengthening of support services and safeguards.
Regulatory changes and funding pressures have led to the “disturbing statistic” that more than 42 per cent of residential facilities are operating at loss, StewartBrown says in its half-yearly report on the financial performance of the aged care sector.
Aged care providers can hire overseas workers to support older Australians from multicultural backgrounds under a new initiative announced by the Federal Government.
There will be 79 new facilities resulting from the aged care places allocated this month with more than a quarter of the new services attached to three for-profit providers, an analysis of the results shows.
Findings from the national quality indicators program will be online later this year and chemical restraints and falls are likely to be added to the list of measures, the quality commissioner has told an aged care conference.
The aged care royal commissioners should invite a range of health specialists to suggest low cost and easily implementable objective quality measures for residential care, the inquiry has been told.
The royal commission has asked aged care provider peak Leading Age Services Australia about its record on advocating in the interests of residents.
Western-Australian aged care provider Braemar Presbyterian Care has expanded its third-party whistle-blower service for staff to allow residents and family members to also anonymously raise concerns.
The peak body representing Australian pharmacists is calling for funding to test an in-house pharmacist model to improve medication safety in residential aged care in its budget submission.
This month’s public hearing will run over eight days and focus on the current system including clinical issues and the concerns of representative bodies and service recipients, the aged care royal commission has announced.
The aged care sector’s new independent regulator has launched a tool for providers to understand and assess their performance against the new quality standards.
South Australian not-for-profit aged care provider Life Care has been recognised internationally for the highest standard of dementia design at its facility in Joslin.