Researchers have discovered people aged over 65 are more likely to seek risks and make inconsistent choices and poor financial decisions than other age groups leading to implications for important decisions such as retirement plans.
With a third of residents in aged care dying each year, palliative care is clearly core business. So why isn’t it done better? AAA investigates the state of palliative care in residential aged care and the barriers to improving standards.
The policy shift to consumer directed care will be an illusion for many disadvantaged groups in society unless governments dedicate more resources to promote the decision-making capacity of all older Australians, said Alzheimer’s Australia CEO Glenn Rees.
Advocacy groups reject the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s campaign against pricing changes aimed at reducing the cost of medicines that it says will result in a loss of other free pharmacy services for older Australians
The seamless interface between DisabilityCare and aged care reform, a national anti-ageism campaign and improved treatment of mental health issues in older people should be among the key priorities of a new government, consumer peak bodies have argued.
Progress but still a way to go, is the finding of an annual review of access for CALD people to government agencies and funded services. And the new MyAgedCare gateway service is a disappointing case in point, says FECCA’s Pino Migliorino.
Handing greater choice and control to ageing Australians is an unstoppable movement, which will only intensify in coming years and will present challenges for governments, providers and advocates alike, Professor Peter Shergold told the LASA Congress.
Consumer advocates have applauded the government’s announcement that a national fee structure will be rolled out across the commonwealth’s new home support program from July 2015, but warn adequate safety nets need to be in place.
Ordinary cost pressures faced by residential aged care providers can be substantially amplified when the residents are from diverse cultures and language backgrounds, according to a new report by Cam Ansell and Petra Neeleman.
If you provide home care packages, consumer directed care will have an impact on the way your organisation provides services. Natasha Egan discovers from those who have already started the journey that success hinges on cultural transformation.
A UN convention on the rights of older people; the abolition of a retirement age; tough age discrimination laws; holding the health system to account – the activists of the 1960s sexual revolution have a new social revolution in their sights.
COTA Australia, ACSA and LASA are teaming up to deliver a three-year commonwealth funded project to support aged care providers deliver consumer directed care.
Consumer-directed home care programs, which begin from August 1, must avoid the risk of becoming little more than a budget-sharing exercise with a tick-the-box approach to choice and control, writes Greg Adey.
FECCA Chair, Pino Migliorino told a Sydney forum on Wednesday that the aged care system should stop treating CALD seniors as a ‘special needs’ group and instead start identifying them as core business.