The average amount of unspent home care funds held by providers has increased by around $1000 in the last year to just under $7000 per client.
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Almost one in two home care workers have suffered a workplace injury, more than half have been abused and almost three quarters have been in situations where they have felt unsafe in a client’s home.
The main impact of home care pricing reforms that came into force this year will be felt from next July, an aged care sector conference has heard.
There’s been a drop in the number of people waiting for their assigned home care package for the first time since 2017.
The overall performance of home care providers declined in 2017-18 and financial pressures are continuing, a key sector report says.
New changes to home care have arrived – and they’re causing stress and confusion for many providers, an industry consultant says.
The national home care waiting list has increased to 129,038, government figures show.
The role and needs of family carers are being pushed to the side as an unintended consequence of the Home Care Package program, according to a researcher who has developed a carer framework for providers.
Unspent home care funds are creating a “perverse incentive” for providers to spend the money inappropriately, the Royal Commission has heard.
The royal commission has heard “significant” concerns about respite care and the effect of the “try before you buy” approach on the availability of residential respite.
The federal government spent $5.1 billion on home care and home support services in the past year, new figures show, up from $4.5 billion in 2016-17 and $3.8 billion five years ago.
The government will review whether it is necessary to tighten registration requirements for home care providers following allegations of price-gouging, non-compliance with standards and pushy sales techniques.
The rollout of 10,000 new home care packages flagged in December will begin this week, the federal government says.
The economic measures announced in the federal government’s mid-year budget outlook are unlikely to improve the financial struggles many aged care providers are currently facing, according to an analysis of the fine print.