More than 110,000 older people are still waiting to receive the home care package they have been approved for, a new report shows.
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The number of home care service outlets offering self-managed care has dropped by 40 per cent since last year.
Providers are taking almost half of clients’ home care expenditure to pay for administration and case management.
Home care providers have been put on alert about a telephone scam targeting home care package recipients.
The amount of unspent home care funds being held in provider bank accounts has hit almost $600 milllion.
A resident was left unfed during her four-week stay in aged care due to lack of supervision and encouragement during mealtimes from care staff, the aged care royal commission has heard.
Consumers on interim packages are dying or ending up in residential facilities before getting their appropriate care, according to a survey of home care providers.
The number of older Australians waiting for the right level of care is continuing to grow with the latest figures showing almost 128,000 are queued for a home care package matching their need.
A new report indicates a high level of consumer dissatisfaction with home care providers for overcharging, sending out inadequately trained workers and failing to communicate.
A growing number of operators in the market are facilitating older people and their families to manage their own package, writes Ross McDonald.
A wrap of Australian Ageing Agenda’s extensive coverage of the 2018-19 Federal Budget.
Aged care assessment teams have been cautioned not to compensate for home care wait times by approving older people for the highest level of care, Senate estimates has heard.
Aged care industry peak bodies are calling for the Federal Government to act on the Tune Review recommendations to increase the availability of high-level home care packages in this year’s budget.
The head of ECH, a large community aged care provider in South Australia, has delivered a damning critique of the pursuit of consumer-driven, market-based models in aged care.