Seven home care providers and more than 100 clients are piloting a “radical” self-management model which includes direct online access to financial information, hands-on involvement in sourcing care staff, the use of a home care debit card and access to a self-management consultant.
COTA has conducted a wide-ranging survey of of 2,560 Australians which found, among other things, that while people have difficulty getting home care, most are satisfied once they have it.
As Australia’s aged care sector straps itself in for an 18-month royal commission, providers have pledged to co-operate “fully and transparently to achieve the outcomes we all want”.
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.
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.
Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt speaks to Community Care Review in his first comments directly addressing reaction to the government’s home care data released last week, revealing that more than one in ten approved for a package are estimated to be living with dementia.
The nation’s peak advocacy group for older people has called for a three-month waiting time target for home care packages, saying the latest data shows Australians are “crying out for home care support”.
The latest government figures show the number of people waiting for a home care package has increased to more than 108,000.
State and territory advocacy organisations are set to benefit from $2 million of federal funds to help combat elder abuse.
There needs to be greater financial transparency of all aged care providers receiving taxpayer funds plus a stronger focus on the financial sustainability of the sector, a Senate inquiry has heard this week.
Seniors and aged care providers say the government must act on systemic failures in regulatory oversight and study role of quality agency following Senate report.
Seniors advocacy organisation COTA Australia has warned aged care providers against fraudulent behaviour when assisting residents with the national marriage-equality survey now underway.
The changing needs of retirement village residents combined with ageing housing stock is challenging the retirement living sector, a forum has heard.
Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt has heard from experts about how to address the current exclusion of residents from subsidised psychological services but there is no timeline for action, department officials say.