The Federal Government has announced residential aged care will receive an additional $320 million as part of its new $662 million package to support older Australians.
The federal government has announced an additional 10,000 home care packages as part of a $662 million commitment to aged care.
The first of 35 new Specialist Dementia Care Units for people whose symptoms are too severe to be adequately cared for by mainstream services is expected to start receiving residents this year.
The first 350 of 775 new restorative care places announced in last year’s budget will be allocated by July, the federal government says, with the remainder to come online in the next financial year.
A modified version of soccer tailor-made for older Australians will be promoted nationally over the next two years.
The Department of Health has updated the provider resource for the new aged care quality standards to include concerns about the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications as a form of chemical restraint.
The new independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, which includes a single point of contact for all aged care queries and concerns, has commenced operation.
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 Multi-Purpose Services aged care program will be expanded in regional, rural and remote areas in five Australian states.
Doctors’ groups have welcomed the additional $98 million to increase payments to general practitioners visiting aged care residents announced in the Government’s half yearly budget update.
Also in this wrap: FECCA appoints acting CEO; and Braemar appoints facility manager.
Almost all residents say they feel safe and respected in their facility most or all of the time, but one in six report they sometimes or never like the food, according to the first annual resident experience report.
Virtual reality is being used to test the driving skills of older people in rural NSW.