A Senate inquiry has recommended the federal government clarify that residential aged care providers ultimately hold a duty of care to all residents and that the quality commission has a similar responsibility for regulation.
A government-commissioned report recommends a broader range of reportable incidents in aged care and outlines five options for a new serious incident scheme, three of which apply across all settings.
Allied health professionals certified with limited registration from their professional body are eligible to provide complex pain management services in residential aged care, the Department of Health has ruled.
The number of sanctions issued to aged care providers more than doubled last financial year compared to the previous year, according to the Government’s annual aged care report.
A three-year research project has developed a viable model for implementing consumer directed care in aged care facilities, writes Mark Sheldon-Stemm.
Also in this wrap: St Ives Home Care rebrands; Benetas and Macedon Ranges Health amalgamate; and Mercy Health and Southern Cross Care complete merger.
Amid increasing attention on unspent funds in home care packages, the latest StewartBrown industry benchmarking data shows average amounts continue to increase.
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.
Aged and community care organisations are being encouraged to take part in a national project investigating major barriers to accessing palliative care services.
Two Department of Health consultations underway are seeking input from aged care providers to inform where new residential places will be allocated and design changes to My Aged Care.
A mental health service to tackle social isolation and grants to boost participation in sport are among new measures announced in the Federal Budget to support older Australians in the community.
Harnessing the potential of community radio is one initiative being piloted to educate multicultural communities about aged 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.
Around 3 in 10 older people have been waiting more than 12 months for their required level of care, new government data shows.