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.
The large number of migrant workers in the frontline aged care workforce who come from countries with less progressive attitudes may present a challenge to the implementation of the national gay and lesbian aged care strategy, former High Court justice Michael Kirby has said.
AUDIO: Attracting a skilled aged care workforce to meet the demands of an ageing population is the biggest challenge facing the sector and the issue has been poorly addressed by successive governments, Sue Macri, former associate commissioner at the Productivity Commission and aged care consultant, told the NEWSROOM.
AUDIO: Big operators are expanding and the number of smaller providers are reducing but the aged care sector will continue to be dominated by organisations with five facilities or less in five years’ time, according to industry expert Cam Ansell.
Aligning staff and organisational culture across numerous sites are among the challenges providers can face when acquiring new residential aged care facilities, David Armstrong from Allity tells the NEWSROOM.
While the Home Support Program is scheduled to commence from July next year and subsume the various current home care and respite programs, much is still unknown about the new umbrella program, providers say.
AUDIO: Consumer directed care is not just a new set of rules, it’s a significant cultural and mindset change for age services. It’s also more than just person-centred care, Ronda Held, manager of Home Care Today at COTA Australia tells the NEWSROOM.
VIDEO: As the Federal Government legislates another of its lauded ‘red tape repeal days’, an industry leader tells the NEWSROOM there are prime opportunities for the Coalition to remove unnecessary regulation in aged care and yet they “blow it every time and simply add more and more.”
To ensure its service technicians could operate safely and comfortably within aged care facilities, AE Smith collaborated with a peak body to provide its staff with specialist training.
The growth in the volume and acuity of respite cases in residential aged care is proving challenging for services and has become an area of increased focus for the Aged Care Complaints Scheme, the head of the scheme has told providers.
Population ageing may negatively impact on Australia’s productivity growth as older people reduce the extent of risk-taking and innovative behaviour in the economy, Reserve Bank Assistant Governor Christopher Kent told the LASA Congress on Monday.
AUDIO: Aged services need to involve their whole workforce, not just the nurses, in order to improve resident health, a provider has told the Leading Age Services Australia National Congress.
AUDIO: Design for the aged should be ingrained so that is invisible, architect Guy Luscombe told the NEWSROOM at Leading Age Services Australia’s National Congress in Adelaide on Monday.
AUDIO: Certification among Australia’s aged care case managers is increasing with a number of providers moving to formally skill up their workers, the Case Management Society of Australia and New Zealand told the NEWSROOM at ACSA National Conference.