The time between an older person’s approval and entry into residential aged care continues to rise while the sector’s occupancy rates drop further, new government figures show.
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The aged care minister has refuted claims that the government is intending to privatise the aged care assessment process as part of plans to streamline assessments.
Unspent home care funds continue to rise, with some $800 million, or more than $7,000 per client, sitting in coffers around the country.
Aged care providers should select staff based on their qualifications, experience and character rather than their religion, an aged care lawyer tells Australian Ageing Agenda.
Aged care stakeholders and industry observers say the government’s announcement of 10,000 new home care packages isn’t enough.
Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) has launched a new automated procurement portal which allows members to connect with a national network of suppliers.
Home care has been identified as one of three areas requiring immediate action in the interim report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality Safety.
Renewed calls for the federal government to roll out an intervention proven to reduce the use of antipsychotics in aged care facilities are going unanswered.
A new report on the use of chemical restraint in residential aged care facilities is calling on the government to ban the practice and mandate training for staff on dementia and alternative methods.
Sector peak ACSA has backed a star-rating approach to evaluating staffing levels like the one at the centre of a new report that found more than half of Australian aged care residents are in facilities with too few staff.
The restraint debate is a window into the future challenges of the aged care sector, writes Patricia Sparrow.
The aged care sector has pledged to work towards a smooth transition to the new Aged Care Quality Standards which are now in force.
The federal government has announced a 1.4 per cent indexation rise for aged care providers – but aged care peaks say this isn’t enough to cover rising wages.
The national home care waiting list has increased to 129,038, government figures show.