A three-year research project has developed a viable model for implementing consumer directed care in aged care facilities, writes Mark Sheldon-Stemm.
The disability funding arrangements for eligible aged care residents offer a preview of consumer directed care in the residential sector, writes Ross McDonald.
The Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre has launched a new resource for aged care providers to develop policy and processes on supported decision-making.
To get ready for the home care changes ahead, the Aged Care Roadmap, future care at home discussion paper and recent review of aged care reforms, offer a good base for providers to start, writes Lorraine Poulos.
The reporting of home care monthly statements should be standardised across the industry and expenditure tracked over time to assess the impact of the February policy changes, researchers say.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is undertaking a CDC aged care project with the aim of educating consumers about their rights under Australian Consumer Law.
A new project is underway to capture older people’s experiences of self-management and their interest in a cashed out funding model.
Consumer directed care is about more than choosing what time to have breakfast or electing to have a glass of wine with dinner, writes Professor Marita McCabe.
The rise of online care worker platforms and increased levels of self-management mean providers should take steps to minimise the risk of clients overspending their home care budgets, write Solomon Miller, Anita Courtney and Sophie Bolzonello.
The federal government should consider developing a flexible, community-focused service model for older Australians living in remote Australia, writes Dr Heather Gibb.
Home Care Today, a CDC support project, is hosting a free webinar next month for home care package providers on identifying the signs of elder abuse.
Despite continued growth in government-funded home care and home support, the sector’s full-time equivalent direct care workforce has shrunk by 19 per cent since 2012, official figures show.
Early experiences of CDC in Australia highlight the potential of the new system to exacerbate inequalities and the limits of the government’s consumer choice rhetoric in aged care, writes Dr Beatriz Cardona.
While a consumer-driven home care market will create new opportunities to innovate and be creative, providers also need to be aware of their enhanced legal obligations in the new regulatory environment, writes Julie McStay.