The overall performance of home care providers declined in 2017-18 and financial pressures are continuing, a key sector report says.
The federal government has announced a 1.4 per cent indexation rise for aged care providers – but aged care peaks say this isn’t enough to cover rising wages.
Daily payments were preferred over lump sums to pay for residential aged care accommodation in 2016-17, the first time since the 2014 reforms, the sixth Aged Care Financing Authority report shows.
In this wrap: Mike Callaghan to replace Lynda O’Grady at ACFA; Uniting AgeWell appoints Raelene Thompson as new chair; and ECH’s David Panter elected to LASA board.
Providers should contribute to costs of any scheme guaranteeing lump sum accommodation payments if the benefit exceeds the cost, says the Aged Care Financing Authority.
Government should mandate the regular publication of financial details for each residential aged care provider, the financing authority hears.
The Aged Care Financing Authority’s proposals to change the arrangements around government-supported older people in residential aged care have drawn a mixed response among provider groups.
Aged care providers look increasingly likely to face a new charge to reflect the government guarantee on the mounting bond pool in aged care, with the reform roadmap calling for a review of current arrangements while a new analysis has highlighted the issue as a risk for providers.
The provision of aged care in rural and remote Australia has received a $5.79 million boost, with the Federal Government today announcing extra funding for 17 multi-purpose services in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.
Myriad social and economic issues in rural and remote areas are combining to seriously challenge aged care service provision, which providers say needs to be reflected in better policy.
Peak body, ACSA, has used its 2013/14 Federal Budget submission to revisit its recommendation for a cost of care study. It also wants providers to receive financial help with business planning, among other things.
The final ‘interim operating framework’ for the newly formed Aged Care Financing Authority has been released but the jury is still out on whether it will help or hinder many of the objectives of the Living Longer Living better reforms.
More than 1000 aged care professionals were invited to visit Adelaide to attend the two-day Department of Health and Ageing’s National Aged Care Conference. AAA relays the highlights from day one.