Aged care

New aged care service proving its worth

Sisters Anne and Sharon* are at almost opposite ends of the continent, but both care deeply about their 84-year-old mother Betty, who still lives independently in her own home.

They recently used National Seniors’ new Aged Care service to solve a problem that could have caused them and their mum a lot of stress, and upset holiday plans.

Betty was needing more help than Sharon, who lives nearby, could provide weekly and she was also planning a six-week overseas trip.

Bupa calls for pensioners to pay more for care

A shock increase in aged care costs could be included in this year’s Federal Budget if Treasury heeds a call to force pensioners to pay more for nursing home services, according to a report this week on retirement website YourLifeChoices.

The proposal by insurance company Bupa recommends that the capped value of people’s homes be increased from the current $162,087.20, so those with valuable homes are asked to pay more for care.

Help shape the future of aged care

Aged care is a big topic at the moment and National Seniors is keen to have your input for our own research. Or you may want to take part in a government workshop and help shape the future of aged care. The details are on how to do either, or both, are below.

Tell us about your aged care experiences

National Seniors’ research team wants to hear your stories about your experiences with aged care services:

We would like you to indicate:

Taking the worry out of aged care

National Seniors has launched a new service to help members better navigate the potential minefield of aged care services for their parents, friends, family members - or for themselves.

In this month’s issue of 50 Something magazine, Financial Information Desk (FID) manager Craig Hall writes that decisions on aged care, and residential care in particular, are often made in a hurry but the consequences can be far-reaching.

Seeking views on Specialist Dementia Care Units

The Federal Government is seeking community input on how to best implement planned new Specialist Dementia Care Units (SDCUs) for people living with severe behaviours associated with advanced dementia.

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said an estimated 350,000 Australians are already living with dementia and the SDCU feedback would help shape the initiative, including funding and administrative options.

Have your say on aged care consumer charter

National Seniors members who are consumers of aged care services are invited to nominate to take part in a Department of Health forum in Canberra on 17 October.

The forum aims to develop a single charter of rights and responsibilities for recipients of long and short-term residential and home care.

A single charter is one of the elements of the Single Quality Framework (SQF) currently being developed with the aged care sector.

Other elements include:

Extra home care packages welcomed but more needed

National Seniors has welcomed the Federal Government’s rollout of an extra 6,000 high-need home care packages, but says too many older people are still waiting for services.

National Seniors Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt’s announcement of the additional high-need packages would only address a small fraction of the almost 90,000 older Australians who were receiving a lower level of care than required or no care at all.

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