The majority of aged care residents are diagnosed with at least one mental health or behavioural condition while almost a third have high needs in all care domains, a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows.
Allied health professionals certified with limited registration from their professional body are eligible to provide complex pain management services in residential aged care, the Department of Health has ruled.
The number of sanctions issued to aged care providers more than doubled last financial year compared to the previous year, according to the Government’s annual aged care report.
The health department has withdrawn its recent advice concerning allied health professionals with limited registration and pain management services in aged care while it consults with the sector.
Allied health professionals have raised concerns over a health department clarification about pain management claims by providers, saying it means they may have to let some workers go.
Aged care peak bodies have jointly called for an urgent funding boost for the residential aged sector following the release of new data this week that shows an increase in the number of facilities running at a loss.
Uncapping the daily care fee is the best option for boosting the declining revenue of residential aged care organisations, an aged care consultant tells AAA.
Allied health peak bodies have welcomed the expanded pain management program for residential aged care proposed in the recent review of the sector’s funding tool.
The revised residential care funding tool contains fewer and simplified questions, introduces a new therapy program for pain management and suggests external assessment options, the government-commissioned report released this week shows.
Changes to the residential aged care sector’s funding tool proposed in a government-commissioned report will be outlined at an upcoming industry conference.
The Minister for Aged Care is hosting multi-stakeholder sessions around the country as he applies the concept of co-design to the breadth of aged care reform, he has told a national aged care conference.
National advocacy body Painaustralia is calling for pain treatment practices in aged care to be overhauled including the adequate funding of pain assessments.
Residential aged care providers should look at introducing additional services in order to cover the funding shortfalls in everyday living expenses and care, a leading consultant says.
Palliative care and therapy incentives are among the items in the Aged Care Funding Instrument being scrutinised by a government-commissioned project to refine the tool.