Supporting the consumer’s right to make decisions and take risks while balancing duty of care has been an ongoing issue for providers. Managing both effectively requires honest and open communication, policy processes and thorough documentation, a recent conference has heard.
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Rural aged care providers say they are effectively competing with the government Multi-Purpose Service, which are funded to provide care in communities lacking services.
Aged care providers operating in rural and remote areas are facing increased competition from Multi-Purpose Services, which has been exacerbated by a recent Commonwealth funding boost, a state peak body says.
There is mounting concern over the long-term future of rural and remote and Aboriginal-specific home care service provision in NSW as the State Government seeks to privatise its home care unit by mid-year.
Residential aged care providers should ask their Medicare Local to put in place hospital in the home type programs that reduce hospital admissions by providing health treatments to residents in the facility.