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1 October was the ‘International Day of Older Persons’.
The theme, “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.”
This year’s day is about enabling and expanding the contributions of older people in their families, communities and societies at large. It focuses on the pathways that support full and effective participation in old age, in accordance with old persons’ basic rights, needs and preferences.
WHO – International Day of Older Persons
Guinness World Records – International Day of Older Persons: Ten extraordinary senior citizen record holders
Michael Bachelard and other Fairfax journalists have written a series of articles over a few days on Aged Care.
23-SEP-17 – Dawn’s final days reveal aged care horror
23-SEP-17 – Jyl’s journey to aged care: ‘I feel like part of me is lost’
24-SEP-17 – Nursing home accused of being like Guantanamo Bay
26-SEP-17 – Is this how it ends?: How we can make aged care better
30-SEP17 – My grandmother’s horrible, lingering death could have been so different
1-OCT-17 – Readers respond: Your experiences of nursing homes in Australia
Stewart Brown rejects “misleading and incorrect” Fairfax reporting (.pdf)
The Department of Health has released a new edition of its ‘Information for Aged Care Providers’ newsletter.
Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2017/18 (.pdf)
Seniors advocacy organisation COTA Australia has warned aged care providers against fraudulent behaviour when assisting residents with the national marriage-equality survey now underway.
Consumer and provider groups have been attempting to mitigate impacts on aged care services resulting from the optional Marriage Law Postal Survey asking whether the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry, which is being run by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) rather the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).
Aust. Ageing Agenda – Providers urged to support residents appropriately for marriage survey
ABS: People in aged care facilities
Marriage Law Survey (Additional Safeguards) Act 2017
New forms to report reportable assaults and missing residents were released in July 2017.
Providers and staff are required to use these new forms.
Industry alert: new forms for compulsory reporting requirements
Compulsory reporting for approved providers of residential aged care services
The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency has released the September 2017 issue of their ‘Quality Standard’ newsletter.
Quality Standard – September 2017 (.pdf)
Australian Aged Care Quality Agency
Changes will be made to the My Aged Care provider portal on 25 September 2017 to support the ACFI Review and Reconsideration processes.
These changes are part of the department’s continued investment in the delivery of system and process improvements to My Aged Care.
ACFI My Aged Care provider portal changes
Readiness checklist for residential care providers
The Aged Care Complaints Commissioner Annual Report 2016-17 is now available.
The Aged Care Complaints Commissioner provides a free service for anyone to raise their concerns about the quality of care or services being delivered to people receiving aged care services subsidised by the Australian Government.
The report gives some good insights into the increasing awareness of people about aged care, especially at a time when more than ever, there are more choices and more freedom for people in aged care to make those choices.
Annual Report 2016-17 (.pdf)
Aged Care Complaints Commissioner Annual Report
Aust. Ageing Agenda – Medication issues top complaints in residential care
LASA – Australia’s aged care system delivers but there is more work to do (.pdf)
The next version (v5.5) of Manad Plus will be available to be released later today.
The Department of Health only provided the new 20 September ‘Schedule of Fees and Charges’ late yesterday afternoon so once we have these added and tested the version will be ready to be pushed out.
Please notify the Help Desk when you would like the version pushed out to your server. If you are not ready yet, then that is okay, contact the Help Desk only when you are ready and this way you will get the latest version.
Please do not update to the newer version if you have not had time to inform all your staff/users of the contents of the Release Notes. This poses far to greater risk to your organisation if you are not ready and prepared for the changes. Ideally, you should have had a meeting(s) with all your users so they are aware of the changes and what to expect before any upgrade takes place.
The Department of Health (DoH) has released the latest Schedule of Fees and Charges for Residential and Home Care, which take effect from 20 September 2017, as well as the updated Aged Care Subsidies and Supplements – New Rates of Payment from 20 September 2017.
• Maximum Basic Daily Fee – Residential Care is $49.42,
• Maximum Permissible Interest Rate – for all new residents from 1 October 2017 – 31 December 2017 is 5.70%,
• Base Interest Rate remains unchanged at 3.75%.
Schedule of Fees and Charges for Residential and Home Care from 20 September 2017 (.pdf)
Schedule of Fees and Charges for Pre 1 July 2014 Residents From 20 September 2017 (.pdf)
Schedule of subsidies and supplements from 20 September 2017 (.pdf)
We are currently preparing a User Group Meeting to be held in both Sydney & Melbourne.
These will be held on:
– Thursday 16th November 2017 (Sydney)
– Friday 17th November 2017 (Melbourne)
Once we have confirmed the venues we will send out an agenda for the day.
If there is something you would like us to cover at the meeting then please let us know: email@example.com
In Case You Missed It – Below are links to recent articles on Aged Care and Healthcare that may be of interest:
AAA – Government applies co-design principles to wider reform
AAA – Government moves to make flu jab compulsory for residential care staff
AAA – Home care system troubles ‘compounding’, says peak
AAA – Quality agency to conduct sector-wide review of infection control procedures
AAA – Profits up but full effects of ACFI changes not yet known, says ACFA
ACG – Online retirement village cost calculator – the first of its kind
NM – Demand aged care plans, nurse tells families
AAA – Call for decision aids specific to residential aged care
Engadget – Robot caregivers are saving the elderly from lives of loneliness
ABC – Aveo resident diagnosed with scabies claims company covered up skin condition outbreak
ACG – Government action on recent influenza outbreak in aged care
ABC – Lendlease accused of hiking prices, reducing services at retirement villages
FR – Levitt Robinson lodges Class action against Aveo
AAA – Tune recommends wide-ranging changes to further reform
ABC – Call for tougher aged-care standards, amid claims of nursing home neglect
Minister Wyatt has released the first Home Care Packages data report on operations since the reforms to home care began on 27 February 2017 through to 30 June 2017.
The report presents data across four key categories:
• eligibility and assessment of home care consumers
• the national prioritisation process (including the number of packages assigned and the number of people on the national queue)
• service delivery (demand and supply for home care across aged care planning regions)
• provider behaviour on maximum exit amounts published on the My Aged Care service finder.
Home Care Packages data report and wait times
The Department of Health has released a new edition of its ‘Information for Aged Care Providers’ newsletter.
Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2017/17 (.pdf)
Released: 14 September 2017
The Turnbull Government has announced major initiatives in home care services and improved access to the My Aged Care system, as it releases the report of the Legislated Review of Aged Care 2017.
An additional 6,000 home care packages will be made available to support more older Australians with higher care needs to remain living in the comfort of their own homes.
At the same time, support for aged care consumers will be streamlined through a $20 million investment in the My Aged Care information system, to improve public access, especially for rural, regional and remote clients.
6,000 extra high need home care packages and $20 million My Aged Care revamp (.pdf)
On 31 July 2017, Mr David Tune AO PSM, as the independent reviewer, provided the report of the Legislated Review of Aged Care 2017, to the Minister for Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP.
The Minister tabled the report on 14 September 2017.
Aged Care Legislated Review
Legislated Review of Aged Care 2017 (.pdf)
From: The Weekly Source
The State Govt has committed to reviewing the Act as part of its response to the recommendations of the recent Parliamentary Inquiry into the retirement living sector.
The response to the Legal and Social Issues Committee’s report also backs Consumer Affairs Victoria collating its online ‘retirement villages’ information into a booklet that village operators must provide to potential residents; that deferred management fees are applied on a pro rata basis; and villages must report on compliance with maintenance plans funded by maintenance charges paid by residents.
VIC Govt set to review its Retirement Villages Act
Government Response (.pdf)
VIC Inquiry into the Retirement Housing Sector (.pdf)
From: Australian Ageing Agenda
Justice Party Senator Derryn Hinch introduced a private member’s bill on Wednesday to amend the Aged Care Act to introduce a mandated ratio of skilled staff to residents in all aged care facilities.
He is proposing that the minimum “adequate and safe ratio” of appropriately skilled staff to care recipients be mandated in the Quality of Care Principles and based on the number of residents receiving care and the type and level of care provided at the facility.
The Aged Care Amendment (Ratio of Skilled Staff to Care Recipients) Bill 2017 is seeking “to enhance the level of care provided by aged care facilities nation-wide,” Mr Hinch told the Senate.
Fresh push for minimum staffing requirements in residential care
Aged Care Amendment (Ratio of Skilled Staff to Care Recipients) Bill 2017 (.pdf)
ANMF urges Senators to vote for mandated aged care staffing levels in nursing homes
An independent review was undertaken by Ernst and Young in mid-2017 to determine the adequacy of existing legislation and prudential standards that are currently in place to regulate refundable accommodation payments.
A copy of the Prudential Standards Review is available through the department’s website.
Prudential Standards Review
Prudential Standards Review (.pdf)
Management Advantage has just celebrated a fantastic milestone. We have turned 25 years as a company.
Back in 1992, Management Advantage was established in South Australia by Ruth Staples, a former Director of Nursing and aged care CEO.
Operations were moved to Melbourne in 1996. Around this time, I (former Federal Minister for Aged Care, 1988–93) joined the company.