2018 Budget changes affecting seniors

The federal treasurer, Scott Morrison announced several beneficial changes affecting seniors in this year’s budget. Home Care Program Another 14,000 places are to be created (adding to the 6,000 announced in the December mid-year adjustment). This will bring the available places up to 74,000 by 2021. However, the national priority list (from those who have[…]

CHSP extended to 2020

The Commonwealth Department of Health is extending the funding for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP)are being extended for up to two years from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2020. More than 925,000 older people received CHSP (or the equivalent HACC in Victoria and Western Australia) services in 2015-16, costing the government $2 billion.[…]

Aged Care Safety and Quality Commission

In response to the review into failures at South Australian’s Oakden Aged Mental Health Service, a new independent Aged Care Safety and Quality Commission which combines the functions of the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency, the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner and the aged care regulatory functions of the Department of Health.. The commission will operate[…]

Better help for end of life care

End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) is a national specialist palliative care and advance care planning advisory service for care providers to give them information to help older Australians receive high-quality end of life care in familiar surroundings with little or no need for hospitalisation. A telephone and web-based navigation service will help[…]

My Aged Care website updated April 2018

The My Aged Care web site has been revamped with the aim of making it easier to navigate across the website. This is a long overdue revamp as the previous web site was a dog’s dinner for the novice searcher. The revised web site focus is on providing the individual with a pathway for accessing[…]

Home Care Package Review December 2017

The federal government moved towards increasing reliance on home care packages to keep elderly people at home for longer in February 2017. A review of the home care package program for the 3 months to December 31 2017 provides some interesting data. Home care package providers had risen in number to 806 (an increase of[…]

Causes of death in older Australians

Six conditions accounted for 44% of all deaths in older Australians over 65 years (Aborigines over 50 years) in the 2 years to June 2014. These were: coronary heart disease (14%), dementia (9%), strokes (8%), lung cancer (5%), chronic obstructive lung diseases (5%) and diabetes (3%). 80% of those who died had used some form[…]

Dealing with Elder Abuse

A recent Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) report: Elder Abuse – a National Legal Response, has highlighted the growing number of examples of serious physical abuse, financial abuse, neglect and exploitation of older people. In response, attorney-general Christian Porter said the Federal government would adopt a national plan to address the risk of abuse facing[…]