The Tune Review was a missed opportunity for a broad debate on financial sustainability, writes Professor Mike Woods.
Giving residential aged places directly to consumers, tweaking policies for offline residential care places, and temporarily reallocating unused places to home care packages are among the 38 recommendations in the final report of the five-year review of aged care reform.
There is no compelling case to change the Accommodation Bond Guarantee Scheme in aged care given most aged care operators have adequate prudential arrangements and the government can already levy industry to recoup costs, providers will tell the Aged Care Funding Authority’s review of the scheme.
Seniors groups have called for improvements to the quality and delivery of information and support given to consumers to help them better understand and exercise choice and control in aged care.
A full listing of Australian Ageing Agenda’s coverage of the Federal Government’s ongoing review into Living Longer Living Better and other aged care reforms, which is due to report on 1 August 2017.
A lack of data around unmet demand for aged care services, the failings of My Aged Care and the need for a sector workforce strategy are among the key issues stakeholders have raised with the government’s review into the aged care reforms, submissions show.
Aged care providers and professionals will soon get to have their say on how the reforms to the sector have impacted service provision, with the legislated review about to call for submissions.
Stakeholders have welcomed the government’s much-anticipated appointment of a top bureaucrat to lead the review of the Living Longer Living Better reforms, saying they are keen for the process to get started.
Mike Woods has urged aged care providers and other sector stakeholders to be “active participants” in the imminent review of Living Longer Living Better
Government spending on aged care increased by 44 per cent between 2009–10 and 2014–15, while the number of places rose dramatically under the reforms, figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show.
If stakeholders are hoping the upcoming review of the aged care reforms put forward priorities for future reform, particularly around freeing up supply of places, they’ll need to engage effectively, writes Dr Ian Holland.
Contrary to media reports of big profits for providers, the rate of increase to the costs of care is greater than the increased ACFI subsidies being received, while the current accommodation results are not financially sustainable, writes Grant Corderoy.
In a new book, former minister for ageing Mark Butler challenges common misconceptions on the ageing population – from how treasury reports on the economic ‘burden’ to the role of media. He speaks to AAA about changing minds, lobbying government and the need for leadership.
The debate about whether government should remove the caps on aged care places is back in full swing. The National Aged Care Alliance today releases its blueprint calling for the phased removal of the rationing of places across aged care, however others argue that the idea of an entitlement is a fiction.