Aged care industry peak bodies are calling for the Federal Government to act on the Tune Review recommendations to increase the availability of high-level home care packages in this year’s budget.
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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.
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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.