The majority of aged care residents are diagnosed with at least one mental health or behavioural condition while almost a third have high needs in all care domains, a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows.
A Senate inquiry has recommended the federal government clarify that residential aged care providers ultimately hold a duty of care to all residents and that the quality commission has a similar responsibility for regulation.
There are more concerning omissions than positive inclusions in this month’s federal budget including no new measures to fix funding in residential aged care, training gaps or the waiting time for services, providers say.
The federal budget contains few surprises for the aged care sector with most measures previously announced and already allocated.
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Aged care nurses are among those awarded scholarships to complete postgraduate palliative care programs under a new initiative that aims to improve end-of-life care across settings.
The assessment and funding model proposed by the University of Wollongong recommends residents be grouped by 13 payment classes and that facilities not be advised of a resident’s class until after they are in care.
Aged care organisations need to ensure the services they procure also meet the new quality standards, a provider’s head of procurement tells Australian Ageing Agenda.
Aged care providers can hire overseas workers to support older Australians from multicultural backgrounds under a new initiative announced by the Federal Government.
There will be 79 new facilities resulting from the aged care places allocated this month with more than a quarter of the new services attached to three for-profit providers, an analysis of the results shows.
Findings from the national quality indicators program will be online later this year and chemical restraints and falls are likely to be added to the list of measures, the quality commissioner has told an aged care conference.
The aged care royal commissioners should invite a range of health specialists to suggest low cost and easily implementable objective quality measures for residential care, the inquiry has been told.
The aged care royal commissioners already seem to be forming a view that the sector is complacent about change, and providers need to dispel that perception by being open and upfront, an industry conference has heard.
The federal government has launched a series of action plans to help service providers and the government address barriers faced by older people from marginalised groups.