Also in this wrap: Redevelopment confirmed for Curtin Heritage Living; and builder of Benetas picks up excellence award.
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Also in this wrap: Tunstall Healthcare partners with Nobel Life; and IRT Group acquires Merimbula Home Nursing Service.
Also in this wrap: two senior appointments for aged care software provider.
With a growing difference between the average refundable accommodation deposit (RAD) and median house prices in Australia, aged care providers are being advised to consider increasing their bonds.
Leading Age Services Australia appoints a new chief executive officer as it moves to adopt a national model, becoming the third national peak body in the sector to announce a leadership change in recent weeks.
Expensive and inadequate internet and mobile phone services hinder technology take up and further impact on the financial performance of rural and remote aged care providers already burdened with higher cost pressures, according to the Aged Care Financing Authority.
Aged care providers and unions have said the Federal Government cannot evade its responsibility in developing an aged care workforce strategy, given its role as primary funder and regulator of the sector.
Aged care providers operating in rural and remote areas face extra challenges in their financial operations with higher cost pressures and lower financial results, according to the Aged Care Financing Authority.
LASA has called for a regulatory body such as AHPRA to administer a “national set of professional standards for aged care workers” to remedy issue of migrant care worker qualifications being assessed in Australia.
The most recent difficulties experienced by providers logging into aged care online systems have been resolved, but an alert about current intermittent issues and browser-specific problems when printing electronic client records remains.
While much focus has been on the cultural and financial changes required under consumer directed policy reform, a survey of home care providers has identified some of the key staffing challenges presented by increased consumer choice.
All existing indigenous aged care workforce specific activities and dementia training activities will continue, the Department of Health has confirmed to Australian Ageing Agenda, but other aged care specific workforce programs remain in doubt.
The long-running dispute between the Federal Government and aged care providers over budget blowouts in the Aged Care Funding Instrument has intensified, with the minister announcing almost half a billion in reduced subsidies and tough new fines for incorrect claiming.
With the government having signalled the next reforms to commence in 2017, many are hopeful that 2016 will be a year of action and preparation for change.