The federal government spent $5.1 billion on home care and home support services in the past year, new figures show, up from $4.5 billion in 2016-17 and $3.8 billion five years ago.
The federal government will provide $552.9 million for aged care spending and release 10,000 high-level home care packages within weeks.
A report has recommended reducing the number of respite days that aged care facilities are allowed to offer amid concerns that some people are using respite as a “try before you buy” system and crowding out those in genuine need.
Home care providers are failing to effectively engage inter-generational markets, an industry conference has heard. And they’re doing so at their own peril.
Providing support to carers who are looking after older people with dementia doesn’t delay or prevent them going into residential aged care, a comprehensive analysis of recent research has found.
Consumer directed care has failed in remote regions of Australia but flexible arrangements available for indigenous communities offer a model which a researcher believes should be extended to all remote areas.
The complex ethical, legal and privacy issues surrounding the use of CCTV cameras in aged care residents’ rooms need to be carefully teased out after a Four Corners investigation showed footage of an elderly resident being assaulted by a care worker, Australia’s aged consumer group says.
A group of legal academics believes the aged care royal commission is likely to expose a range of human rights protection gaps and write that both a broader focus and a human rights-specific reference is needed.
The head of the peak industry body Leading Age Services Australia has told the ABC he was unaware of many of the allegations of abuses, neglect and substandard care made on the broadcaster’s flagship Four Corners program.
Front line home care workers are concerned about the incoming generation of savvy, self-aware and demanding baby boomer clients and what this will mean for them under consumer directed care, research shows.
With the ABC’s Four Corners program set to air a two part investigation about the treatment of the elderly in aged care facilities, crisis management expert Gail D’Arcy gives some advice about how to weather a media storm.
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.
Australia’s first research on ageing migrants from new and emerging communities, such as those from Sudan and Myanmar, highlights the need for better digital literacy training to access information on aged care services.