The launch of navigator trials into the aged care system to assist older Australians seeking to enter residential care has been announced by the Government this week.
Consumer advocacy group COTA Australia has released a position paper setting out what it says needs to be done to fix the aged care system as the sector braces for a royal commission.
The ratios of aged care recipients to staff members in each residential aged care facility is the subject of a new inquiry.
The head of a leading aged care provider has expressed frustration over the announcement of a Royal Commission into the aged care sector, saying it is a “shame” things have reached this point.
Early results of the national study looking at the drivers of residential aged care costs support the view that costs are driven by care burden rather than medical diagnoses, the lead researcher tells Australian Ageing Agenda.
Up to 135 flexible residential aged care places are available for multi-purpose services in small rural and remote areas in a new round of offers that opened this week.
Provider peaks say mandating aged care providers to publish staff-to-resident ratios on My Aged Care as proposed in a federal bill introduced this week is problematic and an ineffective indicator of quality.
The aged care sector will need resources, passion and commitment for the new diversity framework to work well, the CEO of a culturally-specific aged care organisation tells Australian Ageing Agenda.
A new study is investigating the impact that volunteer-led befriending has on the mental health of aged care residents.
An intervention that aims to improve the mental health of people living in aged care through the involvement of residents, family members, staff and student counsellors is among seven mental health projects targeting older people to share in $5 million funding.
The Federal Government is working with industry and the Opposition on a bipartisan short-term plan to increase residential aged care funding.
There needs to be greater financial transparency of all aged care providers receiving taxpayer funds plus a stronger focus on the financial sustainability of the sector, a Senate inquiry has heard this week.
Transferring residential aged care funding to consumers, adapting to consumer directed home care and increasing community-based palliative care, are among key incomplete reforms, Professor Michael Woods tells Australian Ageing Agenda.
Organisations named in the recent report on the tax practices of for-profit aged care providers say it contains misleading statements and inaccurate comparisons, submissions to a Senate inquiry show.