With a new report released on the status of Australia’s aged care and retirement industry, INsite asked industry experts Ryman Healthcare’s Gordon MacLeod and Forsyth Barr’s Jeremy Simpson to comment on the similarities and differences between the Australian and New Zealand aged care sectors.
INsite editor JUDE BARBACK reflects on what yesterday's pay equity settlement announcement means for the sectors involved.
INsite editor Jude Barback asks Hon NICKY WAGNER, the new Associate Health Minister with responsibility for health of older people, to address the big issues affecting aged care and home and community support services including funding, sustainability, equal pay and palliative care.
JUDE BARBACK looks at one rest home’s plea for funding to provide temporary hospital-level care for a resident who did not wish to be moved. This case further highlights the ever-tightening squeeze on rest home-level care. In a tight funding environment where the bar for rest home admission is raised increasingly higher, it is no wonder stand-alone facilities are feeling threatened.
The creeping costs of compliance and care delivery are pushing some residential aged care providers to breaking point. JUDE BARBACK questions whether the sector can continue to keep pace without a corresponding increase in Government funding.