Aged care in Australia appears to be heading toward the same risk-averse culture that exists in England, warns a visiting aged care executive.
Residential aged care providers need to ensure assessment by an approved person and document alternative alternative options tried before physical or chemical restraint can be used from 1 July.
The aged care royal commissioners should invite a range of health specialists to suggest low cost and easily implementable objective quality measures for residential care, the inquiry has been told.
Industry peak body Catholic Health Australia has raised concerns about how the Federal Government might respond to the Carnell and Paterson review of regulatory issues triggered by the failures at Oakden in South Australia.
As our study into the role and effects of regulation in aged and dementia care enters its final stages, some interesting findings are emerging, write Ashley Carr and Professor Simon Biggs.
A competing duty of care to protect residents and promote their autonomy is among the factors influencing continence management in Australian residential aged care, writes Dr Joan Ostaszkiewicz.
Aged care providers and consumer representatives say that many of the changes to the quality system being considered by the Department of Health are sensible and logical in light of the reforms to the sector.
The Department of Health is proposing to publish information on the non-compliance of home care services on the My Aged Care website from later this year.
The Hub trial will help to lighten the unnecessary administrative burden on aged care staff, so providers can put a greater focus on the safety and wellbeing of care recipients, writes Kevin Andrews.
A whopping 40 per cent of boards of not-for-profit aged care organisations have discussed a merger with another organisation in the past 12 months, and half of them believe it will happen, a new survey of company directors has found.
VIDEO: As the Federal Government legislates another of its lauded ‘red tape repeal days’, an industry leader tells the NEWSROOM there are prime opportunities for the Coalition to remove unnecessary regulation in aged care and yet they “blow it every time and simply add more and more.”
Aged care provider peak bodies have welcomed the Federal Government’s repeal of Commonwealth aged care building certification requirements which duplicated state and territory legislation.
ACSA has also called for changes to the ACAR process, the mandatory reporting regime and the accreditation system in its submission to the Commission of Audit.
The first week of the election campaign has seen ACSA release its election priority list calling for reduced regulatory burden, a move to an entitlement system and an inquiry to investigate options for consumers to contribute to the cost of care.