A Labor government will ensure that every aged care facility has a registered nurse on site 24 hours a day, publishes its staff skill mix and has appropriate and properly-trained staff at all times, the leader of the Opposition has announced.
The government has announced $34 million in funding to establish a research institution to examine new ways to deliver care for seniors and training and education for aged care providers.
Aged care peaks welcome the initiatives announced in last night’s federal budget but say it is a missed opportunity to address the urgent issues in the aged care sector.
The government has launched the new single charter of rights, which providers will need to sign and give to every aged care recipient in their service.
COTA Australia has raised concerns over the additional time providers have been given to implement the new single charter of rights and is urging organisations to set themselves an earlier deadline.
A “significant” imbalance of power has made residents and home care recipients fearful of making complaints, the royal commission into aged care heard.
The Federal Government has announced residential aged care will receive an additional $320 million as part of its new $662 million package to support older Australians.
Western-Australian aged care provider Braemar Presbyterian Care has expanded its third-party whistle-blower service for staff to allow residents and family members to also anonymously raise concerns.
This month’s public hearing will run over eight days and focus on the current system including clinical issues and the concerns of representative bodies and service recipients, the aged care royal commission has announced.
The new independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, which includes a single point of contact for all aged care queries and concerns, has commenced operation.
Consumer advocacy group COTA Australia has released a position paper setting out what it says needs to be done to fix the aged care system as the sector braces for a royal commission.
A quarter of Australians aged over 50 expect the government will fund most of their future aged care needs while 88 per cent are under the assumption that at least part of their care will be Commonwealth funded.
The home care sector has been “patchy” in adapting to the shift towards greater consumer control and many providers are resisting it, says the head of Australia’s peak advocacy body for older Australians.
Significant savings could be made in health and aged care expenditure by boosting government investment in assistive technology, new analysis shows.