The number of people accessing aged care services has increased by more than 12,000 people in a year, a new government report shows.
The home care waiting list has been the elephant in the room during the election campaign.
The independent candidate for Wentworth, Kerryn Phelps has revealed that her son is an aged care worker who has experienced first hand the difficulties facing the industry.
The federal government has denied using smoke and mirrors to con older Australians about home care by trying to pass off old announcements as new ones in the budget.
The unions representing aged care workers have released a five-point plan ahead of the federal election in May, including a shopping list of demands for home care workers.
Consumer reporting for home and community-based aged care services is set to come into force in June.
The federal budget has got a lukewarm response from aged care providers who have welcomed cash to improve the quality of the home care system but say the government has failed to address the ongoing problem of home care wait times.
Aged care provider Enrich Living Services has begun installing smart home monitoring to 100 homes across Australia as part of a deal with in-home safety technology company HomeStay Care.
The average amount of unspent funds per home care package client has hit almost $7,000 and total unspent funds are likely to reach $600 million by the end of the financial year, a key financial analysis shows.
LASA has launched its campaign for the 2019 federal election calling for legislated maximum home care wait times to fix the “human tragedy in home care”.
Home and community care providers and policy makers could improve their service provision by better profiling and targeting groups of consumers, a study suggests.
The federal government has announced an additional 10,000 home care packages as part of a $662 million commitment to aged care.
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.
Seven home care providers and more than 100 clients are piloting a “radical” self-management model which includes direct online access to financial information, hands-on involvement in sourcing care staff, the use of a home care debit card and access to a self-management consultant.