Moves by the Commonwealth to introduce private accreditation services into aged care have been further delayed by a year, the government’s budget update shows.
A consumer-accessible version of Australia’s first clinical guidelines on dementia has been launched at Parliament House on Wednesday.
Aged care sector representatives have welcomed the government’s move to replace the outdated system for aged care payments, which continues to cause major challenges for providers.
Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie has accused home care providers of charging clients excessive administration fees on a scale that amounts to “systemic rorting” of government subsidies.
There are fresh calls for the government to undertake a review of funding for residential care following confirmation the Commonwealth will examine alternative ways of achieving budgeted savings to the Aged Care Funding Instrument.
International talent Tim Kelsey to steer Australia’s digital health; and former Amana Living CEO Ray Glickman joins international consultancy.
Aged care stakeholders have welcomed the reappointment of Sussan Ley as Minister for Aged Care and Ken Wyatt as Assistant Minister, saying it provides continuity for the next stage of reforms.
TLC opens new community health hub; AVEO to build aged care facility alongside Durack village; new beds for Catholic Healthcare in Ipswich approved; and construction underway for Bethanie’s serviced apartments.
Some 7,000 older Home Care Packages recipients are among those who will benefit from changes to the remoteness classification within the aged care viability supplement, the Federal Government announced in this week’s budget.
Peak bodies have hit back at “concerning” cuts to the Aged Care Funding Instrument announced in last night’s Federal Budget, which will see government save $1.2 billion over four years.
Aged care providers and consumer groups have called for bipartisan support for further reform of aged care, following the release of the sector’s Aged Care Roadmap this week.
The use of antidepressants in the treatment of depression in people with dementia is ineffective, while those with mild to moderate BPSD should not usually be prescribed antipsychotics due to the increased risk of adverse events, according to new practice guide.
Legislation enacting the next wave of reforms giving older Australians more choice about their home care services passed in the Senate yesterday.
Government has said residential care is next up for reform, but providers say there must be discussion about how increased competition will affect rural providers, and what happens to residents when businesses fail.