The Federal Government’s national evaluation of consumer directed care has recommended trialling new approaches in home care for some special needs groups and strengthening the program’s focus on wellness and reablement.
From February 2017 home care packages will be assigned to consumers by My Aged Care from a national pool, and additional packages will be released regularly throughout the year to ensure “a more even distribution of packages,” under government proposals.
Some of Australia’s leading health and ageing researchers have collaborated with beyondblue to draw attention to the significant mental health issues facing older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Australians.
The Department of Social Services has begun consultations with the sector on the government’s new Short-Term Restorative Care Programme, and will host three workshops and a webinar to brief stakeholders.
The Commonwealth and Victorian Governments signed an agreement on Wednesday for the transfer of the Home and Community Care Program in Victoria to the Federal Government from 1 July 2016, delivering three years of funding certainty to providers.
Older women are much more likely to use a home care package than men, making up two out of three community aged care consumers, new data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows.
Respite faces an uncertain future in consumer directed care markets in aged care and disability that place the client, not the carer, at the centre of support, the national peak body for respite providers has warned.
Home care providers are being encouraged to register for a free online broadcast on fostering social inclusion through the Federal Government’s Community Visitors Scheme in aged care.
Active ageing for seniors living with dementia and creating functional home environments to support independence are among the topics to be discussed at the upcoming Active Ageing Conference.
A new dementia care app, which provides guidance for family and non-tertiary qualified carers on the behavioural changes associated with dementia, was launched at the 9th Annual Dementia Research and Knowledge Translation Forum.
A new national guide to respite services for carers of people with dementia utilises the powerful stories and opinions of other informal carers to support decision-making and use of respite.
Some home care package providers are struggling to adapt their business models to be truly consumer directed and still operate service offerings that are largely menu-driven, an international conference has heard.
Community aged care providers should not underestimate the degree of change required to successfully respond to the government’s reforms to the sector, the head of a major disability service provider and early adopter of the NDIS has warned.
Community care services are at the vanguard of connecting people to each other and to their communities to prevent loneliness and social isolation. Marie Sansom reports.