Residential Care Service and Sustainability Reforms
Currently around 204,000 senior Australians reside in residential aged care. The Commonwealth Government will invest $3.9 billion over the next 4 years to increase front line care.
From 1 July 2021, a new government basic daily fee supplement of $10 per resident per day will give immediate support with provider reports on record daily services, such as food, nutrition, linen and cleaning.
A new funding model for residential aged care will enable transparency, and independent assessors will resolve fairer aged care support for all residents. The Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) model will distribute funds based on the needs of the resident and the costs of providing that care. Respite care funding will also align to the AN-ACC model.
Additional funding will support face-to-face care for each resident. Providers will be monitored and will be required to produce regular reporting to:
A competitive market will assist service choice, the Government will invest $102.1 million to:
The Government will also invest $49.1 million to install an independent process to gain advice on aged care pricing issues.
From , the Government has started to use the STAR RATING system for registered aged care homes (new homes will be allocated a Star Rating after 12 months of operation).
Star Ratings are displayed on the Aged Care Provider Search within the My Aged Care website.
The Star Rating is based upon 5 levels with the middle rating denoting only a minimum baseline of ‘Acceptable’ care quality and services.
The Star Rating System has revealed that 41 % of aged care homes are performing at a 5-star (excellent) or 4-star (good) level.
Star Ratings also reveal that astonishingly 5 % are performing below the minimum standards set, receiving a dismal and disturbing (Improvement Needed) or (Significant Improvement Needed) Star Rating.
We support full public disclosure of those aged care homes that are making the effort to exceed the regulated standards and community expectations.
We also support the naming of aged care homes that do not currently provide quality levels of aged care services to the frail elderly and vulnerable members of our community.
The Star Rating system is a key component of the aim for continuous improvement to our aged care system.