The federal government will provide $552.9 million for aged care spending and release 10,000 high-level home care packages within weeks.
Peak aged care industry body ACSA has called for almost $700 million to immediately be made available for residential care, ahead of the federal government’s mid year financial outlook.
People who wait six months or more for a home care package are more likely to die or go into residential care two years after getting the package than those who don’t spend as long in the queue, a study has found.
The number of people on a home care package has increased by almost 30 per cent over the last 12 months but the number waiting for their appropriate level of care is continuing to grow and people are waiting longer.
Home care package administration fees are dropping, a survey of approved providers shows.
A government committee is considering putting a cap on home care package administration fees amid claims some providers are charging up to 45 per cent on top of service fees.
A study has found that introducing a Level 5 home care package would allow more people to remain at home where they could have a “good and respectful” death if that was their choice, an aged care conference heard.
The home care sector has experienced a more than six per cent decline in profitability over the last year as providers continue to accumulate a growing mountain of unspent funds, a key financial report has found.
The federal government has announced funding of $100 million for the Commonwealth Home Support program as the latest figures show the waiting list for Home Care Packages continues to balloon.
The federal government has confirmed that money borrowed from the Pension Loan Scheme will not count as assessable income, in news that will be welcomed by people hoping to stay in their homes for longer or access home care while waiting for a package.
The peak body for people with dementia has called for more information about how many people with dementia are waiting for home care packages, after the latest government figures showed more than 108,000 people are waiting for a package appropriate to their needs.
The latest government figures show the number of people waiting for a home care package has increased to more than 108,000.
At a time when demand for aged care exceeds supply, an estimated $200 to $350 million of taxpayer dollars is going unspent in home care. It’s time for the government to take action on unspent funds, write Sandra Hills and Dr Catherine Joyce.
The federal government has come under pressure for its “woeful” inactivity on releasing data about waiting lists for home care packages.