Aged Care Updates!

Short Term Restorative Care Program

From 1 July 2016 the Short Term Restorative Care (STRC) Program will be introduced with an initial 200 places being made available. The program will focus on reablement and restorative care, and unlike the Transition Care Program will not require an admission to hospital for people to be eligible. The aim of the program is to provide goal oriented and multi disciplinary service over an eight week period. Services can be provided in a home setting, a residential setting or a combination of both.

Individuals must have an ACAT approval (valid for 6 months from the date of approval) and individuals are eligible for a maximum of two episodes of care under the STRC program within a 12 month period.

Places will be allocated to providers through a competitive process and payment for STRC services will be via the Flexible Care Subsidy. The care fees must be specified in the flexible care agreement between service provider and care recipient. Both parties must enter into an agreement within seven days of the person commencing care.

Home Care Changes

With Legislation in place to allow for the first stage of the Increasing Choice for Older Australians (Consumer Directed Care – CDC) changes to commence on 27 February 2017, there will be a number of amendments to primary and delegated aged care legislation in the coming months. The Department of Health has outlined 10 existing principles and determinations that will be amended, and has advised that a new set of Principles will be developed.

The changes specifically relate to:

  • Unspent home care funds to be returned to the Commonwealth when a person exits a service – this will be backdated to 1 July 2015.
  • Introduction of an exit fee, which can only be charged if unspent funds are available.
  • Introduction of a national waiting list.
  • Streamlining of the Approved Provider application process.
  • Assessment and approval of home care consumers at a specific package level (e.g. Level 4) rather than the existing broadband.

Allocation Principles have been updated and came into effect on 1 June

Medicines and dementia – resources for people with dementia and their carers

Aged care providers may find recently published information about medicines and dementia helpful to pass on to their care recipients, and their families and carers. Information is now available on the NPS MedicineWise website. An additional resource is NPS Dementia Booklet

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