LEGAL: With the impending growth in home-based palliative care, it is essential that community care organisations have advanced care planning processes in place that are consistent with the law, writes Julie McStay.
FINANCE: Consumer directed care will challenge providers in a whole host of ways, from how they engage and interact with clients to how they cost and put a value on their services, writes Michael Roberts.
RESOURCES: A training package for home care providers to get on top of CDC is available as part of a research project that focused on the application of CDC in indigenous, rural and remote and CALD communities.
MANAGEMENT: A brokerage model maximises flexibility in home care services delivery and closely aligns with a philosophy of consumer directed care, says a home care provider.
NEWS: Aged & Community Services Australia is pushing for industry support to redesign enterprise bargaining agreements in response to the rollout of consumer directed care.
NEWS: Mitch Fifield has made his strongest statements in support of a consolidated home support and home care package program as the “next logical step”.
NEWS: Several key documents outlining the emerging shape of the new umbrella program were released on Monday night, while the department provided an update to the sector on Tuesday.
NEWS: A quarter of home care providers are yet to consider changing their services and systems to a CDC approach four months out from the required transition, DSS has told a sector briefing.
Consumer directed aged and disability service provision could inhibit the creation of inclusive communities unless there is multi-sector engagement to find market mechanisms to ensure otherwise.
Many aged care providers are not ready for the full rollout of consumer directed care from 1 July and in reality some will continue to deliver care under the current system beyond the official deadline, a forum on CDC has heard.
FOCUS: From July, reablement will be an underlying principle in both home care and home support, but experts and providers fear that its inclusion in policy won’t necessarily translate into practice.
Private fee-for-service and a unique model of dementia care are the focus of an American home care operator with a “proactive approach to health and wellness” which is launching in Australia.
New research makes a range of recommendations on how government can respond to the “urgent issues” arising from the disconnect between national housing strategy and aged care policy.
Given Mitch Fifield’s latest call for a swifter move to consumer-led markets, which comes amidst the major changes to home and community care, there is an opportunity to seriously address the shortage in respite provision, writes Chris Gration.