In an aged care system ruled by consumers, choice will still be limited by resources, writes Mark Sheldon-Stemm.
Aged Care Quality Standards
The aged care sector has pledged to work towards a smooth transition to the new Aged Care Quality Standards which are now in force.
Aged care peak body Leading Age Services Australia has developed a new business solution to support residential aged care and home care providers with online safety and quality management.
All aged care providers will be assessed under the new standards from July and they have been advised not to expect the transition period to continue beyond this date.
The new quality standards require aged care services to include advance care and end-of-life planning according to individual consumers’ preferences.
An educational video has been launched to help aged care services comply with the sector’s incoming quality standards.
Balancing increased flexibility in care delivery with objectivity in assessment will likely lead to challenges in transitioning to new quality standards, writes Steve Collier.
Aged care organisations need to ensure the services they procure also meet the new quality standards, a provider’s head of procurement tells Australian Ageing Agenda.
The creation of a social change campaign to promote a workforce that currently feels “persecuted and undervalued” is among the recommendations of a key aged care workforce report released by the federal government.
Legislation establishing new quality standards applying to all aged care providers has passed parliament.
Aged care providers need to implement strategies to better handle complaints from residents and their families as they transition to the single quality aged care framework, an industry conference has heard.