There’s been a drop in the number of people waiting for their assigned home care package for the first time since 2017.
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Aged care reforms and urgent action to improve the sector’s viability must go ahead now despite the six-month extension of the royal commission, stakeholders say.
The national home care waiting list has increased to 129,038, government figures show.
Julie Collins says she’ll ensure the government responds appropriately to the aged care royal commission after being returned as shadow minister for ageing.
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 evidenced-based guide supports aged care organisations to establish and manage a volunteer program to deliver spiritual care to residents.
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.
Dementia continues to be the leading cause of death among Australian women, and the second leading cause of death of all Australians behind heart disease, according to an Australian Bureau of Statistics report released earlier this week.
As the dust settles after a week of turmoil in federal politics, aged care has emerged as one of the battlefields.
The Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt said on Wednesday the federal government was currently considering the recommendations of a series of aged care reviews, but would not be drawn on a direction or timetable for achieving further reform.
The Minister for Aged Care is hosting multi-stakeholder sessions around the country as he applies the concept of co-design to the breadth of aged care reform, he has told a national aged care conference.
There is little outright political backing for a bill introduced into the Senate to mandate minimum staff-to-resident ratios in aged care, although there is broad support to address the workforce issues it highlights.
The government has known for two years that it needs to invest significantly in additional level four packages but has instead sat on its hands, writes Julie Collins.
The federal government plans to introduce legislation to ban gag clauses in contracts entered into with the NFP sector, it was announced today.