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COVID-19 adds to home care wait list as people delay move to aged care

COVID-19 adds to home care wait list as people delay move to aged care

Advocates for elderly Australians are calling for a minimum $2 billion federal budget investment to wipe out the home care waiting list.

  • by Dana McCauley

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Aged care royal commission to consider recommending independent pricing authority
Aged care

Aged care royal commission to consider recommending independent pricing authority

The authority would revolutionise aged care funding by setting subsidies and caps on prices.

  • by Julie Power
Residential aged care sitting on a $30 billion house of cards
Retirement living

Residential aged care sitting on a $30 billion house of cards

The sector is facing a "lot of risk" from falling occupancy rates and the loss of refundable deposits that are paid by some residents.

  • by Julie Power
Half of all nursing homes were barely afloat. And that was before COVID-19
Aged care

Half of all nursing homes were barely afloat. And that was before COVID-19

Older Australians' fear of catching COVID-19 in a nursing home has caused many residents to move out, and scared away others, putting pressure on an already struggling profit model, an inquiry heard.

  • by Julie Power
Aged care funding must be tied to higher standards and transparency
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Aged care

Aged care funding must be tied to higher standards and transparency

It is already clear that,without reform increasing government subsidies is a recipe for wasting money.

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'No clear evidence' of drop in quality of aged care: Murphy
Coronavirus pandemic

'No clear evidence' of drop in quality of aged care: Murphy

Federal Health Department secretary Brendan Murphy appeared before the inquiry on Friday as it examines how to best fund the sector into the future as demand for services rises.

  • by Melissa Cunningham
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Aged care homes 'face insolvency' as occupancy drop dents deposits
Aged care

Aged care homes 'face insolvency' as occupancy drop dents deposits

A consultant to the federal Health Department warns aged care homes could struggle financially when they are forced to hand back millions of dollars in deposits as residents exit the system.

  • by Clay Lucas
Jane Austen world: Australians passing on inheritance instead of paying for aged care
Aged care

Jane Austen world: Australians passing on inheritance instead of paying for aged care

The richest Australians are keeping their assets intact while paying very little for their aged care, the royal commission heard.

  • by Julie Power
Baby Boomers won't cop it: Ken Henry's aged care warning
Future Fund

Baby Boomers won't cop it: Ken Henry's aged care warning

Ken Henry was uncomfortable during his tenure as Treasury secretary about the way vulnerable individuals experience the aged care system, and he remains so.

  • by Harriet Alexander
The intergenerational conundrum: how to pay for the boomers?
Aged care

The intergenerational conundrum: how to pay for the boomers?

As fewer working people are asked to support an ever growing ageing population, some health economists suggest those who have the means to pay for their own care should do so.

  • by Harriet Alexander
HECS for aged care: seniors groups cautiously welcome Keating's plan
Paul Keating

HECS for aged care: seniors groups cautiously welcome Keating's plan

Former Prime Minister Paul Keating once advocated for a national insurance scheme to pay for aged care, but his thinking has shifted towards a radical new proposal.

  • by Harriet Alexander