The Department of Health has launched a new process for aged care providers to order personal protective supplies and a new learning module for aged care workers.
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A group of five aged care industry bodies says the government’s $445 million funding boost is not enough for already struggling providers to maintain essential services during the coronavirus pandemic.
Aged care facilities are tightening up screening and access practices in response to advice to restrict visitor access to help protect residents from coronavirus.
The Federal Government has announced funding for providers to access training, additional staff and in-facility testing for coronavirus and flu as part of a $2.4 billion health response to the pandemic.
Access to personal protective equipment and maintaining an adequate number of staff are among key workforce concerns aged care providers raised at a recent forum.
Provider peaks and the nurses’ union agree with recommendations for more and better qualified aged care workers but their opinions differ on staff-to-resident ratios.
A system navigator independent of providers should be available as soon as people enter the aged care system, the Royal Commission has heard.
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.
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.