Raising the pension age without addressing age discrimination and the structural issues which lock a significant number of people out of employment risks further entrenching inequality and poverty in older age, writes Senator Rachel Siewert.
Professor Rhonda Nay argues that instead of simply calling for more registered nurses in aged care, we should dramatically re-structure their scope of practice so they effectively become nurse practitioners, and in the process give personal care workers and enrolled nurses a much greater role in the system.
Reforms always have “unintended consequences” and having to change provider behaviour is as an important part of the reform process as is changing consumer behaviour, writes Mark Sheldon-Stemm.
The relocation of residents during the bushfire crisis has provided us with experiences which can immediately benefit other providers, writes Liz Roberts.
In the process of trying to put people first in policies and planning for aged care, we’ve ended up with a dry economic term that is impersonal, transactional and smacks of a Thatcheresque, reductionist view of the human condition, writes Stephen Judd.
Veteran aged care lawyer, Brian Herd says saying sorry is often all that is needed to avoid a full scale complaint and the whole calamity that can ensue.
When it comes to bonds and accommodation payments, residential aged services providers should start honing their negotiation skills and being more circumspect about accommodating resident’s financial circumstances, writes Joanne O’Brien.
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.
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.
Contrary to popular views, the government’s Living Longer Living Better reforms are just what is needed to even up the return on capital for rural, regional and remote aged care providers, writes James Underwood.
Several areas need further examination, refinement and reconsideration – including the issues around payment options for residential care – but the important factor is that the reform process has begun, writes Senator Rachel Siewert.
Futurist and commentator Dr Keith Suter writes that to survive in the new era of reform, aged care managers and board directors will need stop benchmarking the competition and instead look to new ideas and uncontested opportunities in the industry.
Leading Age Services Australia CEO Patrick Reid warns that, without sober and responsible amendments in the Senate, the five aged care bills underpinning reform may be a great leap forward off a fiscal cliff for providers of care.
Some issues and questions from a peak provider group for Parliamentarians who are considering and debating the five bills before the Parliament which underpin the Government’s Living Longer Living Better aged care reforms.