A Sydney council is looking outside the box in the way it provides community services to the elderly and disabled to target a broader spectrum of wellbeing needs, including reducing loneliness and isolation.
The Multi-Purpose Services aged care program will be expanded in regional, rural and remote areas in five Australian states.
Peak aged care industry body ACSA has called for almost $700 million to immediately be made available for residential care, ahead of the federal government’s mid year financial outlook.
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.
The federal government has announced funding of $100 million for the Commonwealth Home Support program as the latest figures show the waiting list for Home Care Packages continues to balloon.
The new mandatory wellness report for Commonwealth Home Support Program providers will not be “burdensome” for organisations and will establish an industry baseline to measure sector progress, the Department of Health has said
Resistance from consumers and a lack of financial incentives are some of the major barriers facing the widespread adoption of wellness and reablement approaches in the home care sector, a national review has found.
The Federal Government will release an extra 14,000 high-level home care packages over four years in a bid to address growing demand for home care.
Commonwealth Home Support Program providers will be required to submit an annual wellness report under new funding conditions detailed by the Department of Health this week.
Trained community care workers can safely incorporate a falls prevention exercise program into their existing services for older clients, new research by Curtin University has found.
The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency will start publishing consumer experience reports as part of its reviews of home and community-based services later this year, the quality watchdog has announced.
The Aged Care Financing Authority has commenced a review into the use and funding of respite care services in Australia.
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.
Industry peak Leading Age Services Australia is proposing the government consider utilising unspent home care funds – estimated to be in excess of $200 million – to help alleviate the urgent need for additional packages.