Serious questions about the adequacy of home care regulation have been raised at the Aged Care Royal Commission.
The government has been slow in implementing recommended reforms and regulatory officials lack inquisitiveness, the royal commission has heard.
The royal commission has questioned aged care regulators how an approved provider with a history of poor compliance and several “red flags” could continue to operate.
A lack of residential aged care services in rural and remote Northern Territory is forcing older Australians to move hours away from their family and community, the aged care royal commission heard.
Residential aged care providers have reported more than 112,000 incidents of substandard care in survey responses to the aged care royal commission, the inquiry has heard this week.
Aged care providers have been warned about the consequences of failing to respond to requests from the royal commission or moves to stop employees from speaking up at the inquiry.