The five aged care bills underpinning LLLB reform are now the subject of a Senate Community Affairs Committee inquiry. he committee is calling on the sector to contribute written submissions to the inquiry.
Come 2014 and aged care providers will have to ask residents before increasing facility charges over a set level, following a new federal goverment ruling to improve consumer protections embedded in the aged care system.
Residential aged care operators have 18 months to install sprinkler systems in their facilities, bringing them into line with Victoria and Queensland regulations. Consumer advocates praise the new regulations while providers express timeline concerns.
Are voters really prepared to sell or mortgage the family home to pay for aged care? Despite what COTA Australia says, two other consumer groups have surveys that say, ‘No.’
Minister for Mental Health, Ageing and Social Inclusion, Mark Butler, was grilled by journalists in Adelaide on the weekend about aged care reform, but gave almost nothing away about the government’s budget plans.
The Opposition says the government tried to hide the bad news about aged care by releasing two reports over Easter, and are taking too long to act. The National Aged Care Alliance has also used the reports to demand action.
Despite the tireless efforts of those who have worked long and hard for aged care reform to become a reality, whatever does end up in the budget might not be all they are hoping for.
The Aged Care Amendment Bill 2011 means different things for consumers and providers but either way, the implications are big.