The royal commission has heard “significant” concerns about respite care and the effect of the “try before you buy” approach on the availability of residential respite.
A report has recommended reducing the number of respite days that aged care facilities are allowed to offer amid concerns that some people are using respite as a “try before you buy” system and crowding out those in genuine need.
The chair of Alzheimer’s Disease International Glenn Rees has called for respite care to be given much greater attention in government policy and said Australia should look to countries such as Japan for successful models.
The growth in the volume and acuity of respite cases in residential aged care is proving challenging for services and has become an area of increased focus for the Aged Care Complaints Scheme, the head of the scheme has told providers.
Alzheimer’s Australia SA says the results of its latest survey are a call for greater support for people living with dementia and their carers.
The federal government has topped up funding for respite care and Queensland’s HACC services.
A research review confirms that caring for a person with dementia is itself a risk factor for dementia.
Call for volunteers: family members with dementia wanted for online survey.
A respite care centre in Melbourne has made day trips a regular part of their weekly schedule.
Ageing minister, Mark Butler has handed over the first contracts for the trial project in Melbourne.
…A giant leap for consumers? The government has announced the allocation of 700 CDC packaged care and respite places.
Providers and respite centres are being encouraged to take up 700 new packages.
The Commonwealth Government will give $4million worth of grants to over 250 respite providers through the NRCP.
The AIHW’s overview of residential aged care shows a continued increase in licensed places and vacancies.