Update on Aged Care Reforms From DoHA

As part of the next phase of the implementation of the Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package, the 1 August 2013 initiatives have now taken effect.

Changes beginning 1 August 2013 included:

  • the Home Care Packages Program;
  • the Dementia and Cognition Supplement, the Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement and the Veterans’ Supplements;
  • the Workforce Supplement in all remaining eligible programs (the Workforce Supplement for eligible approved providers of residential care and eligible Multi Purpose Services commenced on 1 July 2013);
  • increased powers for the Aged Care Commissioner; and
  • extended coverage of the Community Visitors Scheme.

In addition, a new Homeless Supplement will be introduced to support residential aged care services that specialise in caring for people with a history of, or at risk of, homelessness. The supplement will be available to eligible residential care services from 1 October 2013.

Where to find further information

Further information on the aged care reform changes starting 1 August 2013 and the Homeless Supplement starting 1 October 2013 is available on the Living Longer Living Better website.

New resources now available

Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement in Residential Care – Video

Under the Living Longer Living Better aged care reforms, a new supplement has been implemented in residential care for residents experiencing severe behavioural and psychological symptoms associated with various kinds of dementia and other conditions.

A new video “Using the Neuropsychiatric Inventory to assess the eligibility for the Dementia and Severe Behaviours in Residential Care” has been developed by the Department of Health and Ageing to complement the information materials on the Department’s website. This video provides a detailed example for undertaking the assessment and calculating the cut-off score to determine eligibility. The video can be viewed on the Living Longer Living Better Instructional video on the use of the Assessment Tool web page on the Living Longer Living Better website.

Copies of the DVD will also be sent to Approved Residential Aged Care Providers, shortly.

Further information about how to apply for the Dementia and Cognition Supplement and the Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement As of 1 August 2013, Approved Providers can apply for the supplements on behalf of eligible care recipients. Information about the eligibility for these supplements can be found in the Eligibility Guidelines for the Dementia and Veterans Supplement.

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