Home care recipients have told researchers they sometimes have to fight to get their provider to deliver services they are due because of staff shortages.
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More than half of older people who have received a home care package are struggling to work out what to do with it because the system is “bewildering and broken”, according to a consumer think-tank.
Unspent home care funds continue to rise, with some $800 million, or more than $7,000 per client, sitting in coffers around the country.
The number of home care providers in Australia has outstripped the number of residential care providers for the first time.
Aged care organisations are aiming to better engage consumers, respond to the royal commission’s findings as they are published and reflect on their own organisation from now until the final report is released.
The government has announced 10,000 additional home care packages and new targets to get people with disability out of aged care facilities.
Whilst it is healthy that more providers are giving consumers a greater diversity of choice over services, rapid growth also brings challenges.
CDC in the home care packages program may be fostering isolation among older Australians, research suggests.
A federal government’s consultation paper has determined that unspent funds will need to be returned to the government. Where does this leave providers?
Home care has been identified as one of three areas requiring immediate action in the interim report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality Safety.
Consumer directed care is driving the accumulation of unspent funds, according to new research.
LASA’s CEO Sean Rooney has described the current home care situation as “unacceptable in 21st century Australia” as the peak released a 16-point pathway to reform in the aged care sector.
A study has found consumer directed care is making it hard for home care workers to establish relationships with clients.
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.