Aged care

Government to set aged care quality standards

Australian government-subsidised aged care services will have to meet a single set of quality standards under reforms due to come into force from July next year.

Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt said the Single Aged Care Quality Framework had been designed in consultation with industry and aged care representatives.

Two key parts of the framework are:

Changes bring more choice in aged care at home

New measures come into force next week, giving older people greater choice in their in-home aged care.

From Monday, 27 February, consumers will be able to change aged care providers if they wish, or if they move to another area to live.

The Commonwealth Health Department said that if people do make a change, the funding for their aged care services package will be transferred to their new provider.

No action is required if they are happy with services from their current provider.

Aged care homes urged to get happier

Australia’s aged care homes will face a Baby Boomer backlash unless they become happier places to live, a researcher has warned.

Associate Professor Evonne Miller of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) said that up to half the number of people in aged care suffered depression and the coming surge in residents born after 1945 was likely to make homes even less happy.

People now aged between 53 and 71 were much more demanding than seniors born before World War II and posed a major challenge for aged care providers.

Review of aged care

National Seniors has renewed its calls for aged care reforms but believes some aspects need further consideration.

In a recent submission to the Aged Care Legislated Review, National Seniors said there was a need for improved information to consumers to enable them to make better choices, including how to choose a provider, particularly as their capacity diminished.

New Aged Care Minister welcomed

National Seniors has welcomed the appointment of Ken Wyatt as Minister for Aged Care in this week’s federal Cabinet reshuffle.

Mr Wyatt, who has been the Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, will become the Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health.

“This is the first time that Aged Care has been elevated to its own portfolio,” National Seniors chief executive Dagmar Parsons said.

“Aged Care covers a huge area of responsibility and deserves such prominence.”

Submission to the Aged Care Legislated Review

This submission draws on information obtained from engagement with members, including a recent survey of almost 5,000 members to provide feedback about ongoing aged care reforms. National Seniors is supportive of the general direction of reforms but are concerned about certain aspects of the reform process.

Submission to the Review of the Community Visitors Scheme

National Seniors submission to this consultation draws on the varied experiences of our members as volunteers under the CVS, employees within the aged care sector as well as their own observations of visitor-care recipient relationships involving their friends and family members.

Last chance to complete survey on aged care

The Commonwealth Government is currently conducting the Aged Care Legislated Review to look at recent changes to aged care and any future directions required to further improve aged care.

National Seniors will be preparing a submission to the review based on member feedback.

Even if you have not had any interactions with the aged care sector, your opinions are of value.

This survey should take approximately five minutes to complete.

Share your thoughts on Aged Care visitors scheme

National Seniors would like to know your thoughts on the Community Visitors Scheme, under which volunteers make regular visits to older people in aged care homes or to recipients of home care packages.

The aim of the scheme is to enhance the lives of aged care consumers through the contact they have with community volunteers, with benefits such as increased self-esteem or general feeling of wellbeing, feeling cared for and/or connected to the community, and reduced feelings of loneliness or isolation.

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