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Provider scours nation in search of caring people to help seniors stay at home longer

Older Australians aren’t the only ones benefitting from remaining in their homes longer, now a national home care provider is offering 750 people the opportunity to earn extra dollars to care for them.

It’s time Govt provided meaningful increases to aged care supplements: home care provider

For Giovanni Siano, owner and director of home care provider Home Instead, the short-notice from Government on the indexation rate expected for subsidies covering the 2022/2023 financial year is hugely problematic. He fears that without a clear idea how much additional funding will be available, older persons receiving care, as well as the workers supporting them, will suffer as providers conservatively brace for the new financial year. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Unpacking the FWC’s controversial two-hour minimum home care shift ruling

With a recent Fair Work Commission ruling mandating new requirements for minimum shift hours and added financial allowances for broken shifts, BIANCA ROBERTS spoke to a variety of stakeholders to determine what this means for the industry, in the context of  the ongoing pressures resulting from  the workforce crisis.

Lively discussion expected during OPAN’s policy agenda online roundtable

OPAN’s policy agenda will be discussed in greater detail during an online, roundtable discussion hosted via Zoom on Tuesday, May 3 at 11am. Hosted by a number of prominent advocates, the aim of the roundtable is to highlight the voices of older people in order to maintain pressure on politicians throughout the election campaign.

Advocacy bodies slam Budget as failing to address aged care quality and workforce issues

The Federal Government has claimed that its 2022/23 Budget offers “a record investment” in Australia’s health care system, including aged care, but aged care advocacy bodies have immediately slammed it for failing to address the crux of the current quality and workforce crises hampering the industry’s recovery.

Govt says reform being delivered a year after royal commission

A year on from the final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, the Morrison Government says it has achieved 'significant reform' across the five pillars of its five year plan to deliver respect, care and dignity for every senior Australian.

Self-managing in-home care keeps older Australians healthy and happy for longer: new research

New research has found that self-management of aged care packages can be a successful option for older Australians, because they pay lower fees and have more money to spend on services and support.

Victoria’s unpaid carers: “don’t wait until you break” before seeking help

A $1.4 million campaign is being launched today to encourage Victoria's 700,000 unpaid carers, most of whom are women, to get the support they need via the Federal Government's free Carer Gateway service.

COTA’s independent Aged Care Navigator service taking the stress and struggle out of a complex system

Heralded a success in aiding older Australians and their carers navigate the complex and often confusing systems of aged care, COTA Victoria is expanding its Aged Care Navigator service to the Eastern Metropolitan areas of Melbourne, with the trial ongoing until December 2022. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Older Australians are already bamboozled by a complex home-care system. So why give them more of the same?

by Stephen Duckett and Hal Swerissen, Grattan Institute More than a million older Australians need care at home each year. More than 1000 agencies provide...

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