Peak bodies have expressed disappointment that reform proposals recommended in the recent Aged Care Roadmap did not feature in last night’s budget, while Alzheimer’s Australia said the budget had overlooked the need for further investment in dementia care.
Aged care’s one-stop shop for consumers has received a boost in funding to help meet the significant and ongoing increase in demand, the government announced in last night’s Federal Budget.
To support consumer choice in residential aged care, the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency has announced it will collect and publish comments from residents and families regarding quality of care.
Workforce discrimination, affordable housing and elder abuse are among the significant issues currently facing older women, says Australia’s Age Discrimination Commissioner.
Forthcoming research will examine what allows people with dementia to continue to live well, and within that, the role that service providers play in their quality of life.
Banks are at the ‘coalface’ of identifying and stopping financial abuse and have a significant role to play in its prevention. However a lack of training and awareness is hampering efforts, an expert lawyer has told Australian Ageing Agenda.
Growth in community care intensifies the need for training of all frontline workers in spotting abuse and knowing what support is available, the LASA National Congress heard on Tuesday.
With elder abuse not well recognised by the public, including police and health professionals, a leading seniors’ rights body has called on government to do more in raising awareness. Jackie Keast reports.
Exploring a system of “carer credits” to ensure carers are not penalised in retirement, and subjecting all major public policy to a gender impact study were recommendations to emerge from the COTA National Policy Forum on Thursday.
Advocates and care providers are outraged over a newspaper article that labelled seniors experiencing severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia as “mad, bad and dangerous to know”, sparking a new focus on media representations of dementia.
Changing the rules on the aged care means test for residents who pay by periodic payment is likely to force pensioners to sell their house or take out a reverse mortgage all for a meagre budget saving of $26 million over five years, according to aged care financial experts.
The government’s changes to the pension have been described as a “mixed bag” for seniors, while a financial planner says they could be bad news for aged care financing.
Seniors from non-English speaking backgrounds will be disadvantaged under the reforms as they face paying a significant proportion of their home care package on translation and interpreting costs, providers and advocates have told AAA.
With the number of seniors living in insecure housing rising significantly in the past decade, a new campaign will support culturally and linguistically diverse seniors at risk of homelessness in Victoria.