Dementia currently affects more than 332,000 Australians but, unfortunately, this number is expected to increase to 400,000 in less than ten years.
New arrangements for income testing in home care and means testing in residential care took effect from 1 July 2014.
From 1 July 2014, the Government will increase its contribution towards the accommodation costs of eligible residents in residential aged care facilities that are new or have been significantly refurbished since 20 April 2012.
An Invitation to Apply for 9,330 residential aged care places, 6,653 home care places, and up to $103 million in capital grants has opened in the 2014 ACAR.
A number of Aged Care Act 1997 related Principles will be revoked and created for commencement on 1 July 2014. The Exposure Draft Fees and Payments Principles 2014 (No.2) and the Exposure Draft Subsidy Principles 2014 are now available to view
The Department invites you to provide your feedback on the questions raised in the Key Directions for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme Discussion Paper (Discussion Paper)
During April and May 2014, the Department conducted a series of consultations to engage with the aged care sector on the proposed design of the next stage of My Aged Care.
The video provides an overview of what you can find on the My Aged Care website – a website designed to make it easier for older people, their families and carers to access information on ageing and aged care.
The Department will be holding a series of briefings around the country regarding the 1 July 2014 aged care reforms.
Following feedback from providers, peak bodies and Healthdirect Australia, the Department has developed instructions to help providers understand the publishing requirements.