The consumer watchdog has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court alleging Bupa Aged Care Australia breached the law by charging thousands of residents a fee for extra services that it did not fully provide.
Residential aged care providers should be able to decide whether they charge a lump sum or a daily payment as part of strategies to manage prudential risk, according to advice provided to the government.
A provider and university collaboration is examining how aged care residents’ health changes over time with the support of a new specially-designed frailty screening tool.
COTA Australia has raised concerns over the additional time providers have been given to implement the new single charter of rights and is urging organisations to set themselves an earlier deadline.
Regulatory changes and funding pressures have led to the “disturbing statistic” that more than 42 per cent of residential facilities are operating at loss, StewartBrown says in its half-yearly report on the financial performance of the aged care sector.
The nation’s leading consumer representatives will comprise the first witnesses at the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety when hearings get underway next week.
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.
Aged care providers have been warned about the consequences of failing to respond to requests from the royal commission or moves to stop employees from speaking up at the inquiry.
The first public hearing of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety gets underway in Adelaide today to set the scene for the next 15 months.
The economic measures announced in the federal government’s mid-year budget outlook are unlikely to improve the financial struggles many aged care providers are currently facing, according to an analysis of the fine print.
A new website and social media campaign that aims to highlight and celebrate positive aspects of aged care care through personal stories of those working in the sector has been launched today.
Brightwater Care has been selected to operate and test a prototype service for the government’s national program to support people with severe responsive behaviours associated with dementia.