After intense scrutiny, several government inquiries and reviews and major legislative change, the aged care sector is now the subject of a Royal Commission. The scrutiny will increase exponentially in the build up to, and during, the Royal Commission and providers must prepare accordingly, write Nick Albrow and Peter Wilkinson.
It is often said the true measure of a society is found in how it treats its most vulnerable members. Older Australians, particularly those who require support, fall squarely into this category, says Leading Aged Care Service CEO Sean Rooney.
The federal government should consider developing a flexible, community-focused service model for older Australians living in remote Australia, writes Dr Heather Gibb.
The next generation of seniors will have worked hard to remain physically and mentally sharp, only to be confronted with ageism in social and aged care policy and practice, write Patricia Edgar and Don Edgar.
Despite some industry resistance, technology platforms have an important role to play in advancing the government’s agenda to hand back greater choice and control to older Australians, writes Peter Scutt.
The benefits from volunteering are mutual, with new research highlighting that volunteering in middle age and senior years is linked to enhanced mental health, writes Sharyn Broer.
Constructing older people as ‘empowered consumers’ risks overlooking the disparity of resources, knowledge and support networks available to help them navigate an increasingly complex care market, writes Dr Beatriz Cardona.
With so many factors and unfolding changes influencing Australia’s community care sector, organisations are struggling to predict their future. Dr Keith Suter puts forward four possible scenarios.
In an increasingly competitive home care environment, social media can help promote your brand and services and be visible in a growing market, writes Amanda Terranova.
Veteran aged care lawyer, Brian Herd says saying sorry is often all that is needed to avoid a full scale complaint and the whole calamity that can ensue.
Consumer-directed home care programs, which begin from August 1, must avoid the risk of becoming little more than a budget-sharing exercise with a tick-the-box approach to choice and control, writes Greg Adey.
Several areas need further examination, refinement and reconsideration – including the issues around payment options for residential care – but the important factor is that the reform process has begun, writes Senator Rachel Siewert.
Leading Age Services Australia CEO Patrick Reid warns that, without sober and responsible amendments in the Senate, the five aged care bills underpinning reform may be a great leap forward off a fiscal cliff for providers of care.
Some issues and questions from a peak provider group for Parliamentarians who are considering and debating the five bills before the Parliament which underpin the Government’s Living Longer Living Better aged care reforms.