Community and not-for-profit organisations can apply for almost $5 million worth of federal grants to set up local services aimed at boosting the physical and mental health of informal carers.
Applications are open for home care providers in remote and regional areas of the country to expand or establish services under the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program, or NATSIFAC.
State and territory advocacy organisations are set to benefit from $2 million of federal funds to help combat elder abuse.
The three aged care peak bodies have jointly called for a focus on aged care funding in the five upcoming Federal by-elections.
The application round for new residential aged places will open next month with aged care in rural, regional and remote communities named as the priority areas, the government has announced.
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.
From dog grooming to roof repairs, providers are receiving a wide range of consumer requests for home care spending.
Aged care peak bodies have jointly called for an urgent funding boost for the residential aged sector following the release of new data this week that shows an increase in the number of facilities running at a loss.
Some 6 per cent or 50,000 aged care clients access more than five Commonwealth Home Support Program services, unpublished data from the Department of Health shows.
The focus on value-for-money criteria in home modification schemes is having some unintended consequences, writes Dr Andrew Martel.
The Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt has announced an additional $8 million in funding for 232 meals providers through the Commonwealth Home Support Program.
For-profit and metropolitan providers continue to outperform other operators and financial performance across the board is strong with profit and investment up, according to the Aged Care Financing Authority.
A first-of-its kind project exploring the role of remote community art centres in connecting Aboriginal people to aged care services and the development of a culturally sensitive home care service are among the community care projects to share in $34 million in government funding.
The Federal Government has released a public discussion paper seeking sector feedback on the move to an integrated care at home program.