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Home Care in the News

Welcome to the home care in the news update, where the latest news on home care is collated for your reading!

This week features:

Concerns growing over dramatic changes in home care set to hit thousands of pensioners, seniors

"A significant shake-up of government funded stay-at-home care schemes for the elderly is set to hit thousands of pensioners and seniors across the country on July 1.

All 72,000 people receiving care under Home Care Packages (HCP) will be switched to a new model, Consumer Directed Care (CDC), in a dramatic shift that has divided recipients and peak bodies."

Read the full article here.

Why the home care wage fight matters (from the US)

"Over the next decade, a million women -- most likely black or Latina, almost certainly living in poverty -- will become home care workers. And on April 15, some of these women will take part in the largest mobilization of underpaid workers this country has ever seen, to call for wages that will allow them to finally support themselves and their families." 

Read the full article here.

Home care being 'short changed' (from the UK)

"Just one in seven councils in the UK is paying a 'fair' price for home care for the elderly, according to a survey.

About 500,000 people rely on the support, which includes help with washing and dressing."

Read the full article here.

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Greenwich secures zero tolerance for Discrimination in Home-Based Care Services

"Greenwich sought assurances from Ajaka that a similar commitment would apply to Home Care services and that it should be a criteria in expressions of interest.

Ajaka has now confirmed via letter that discrimination will not be tolerated."

Read the full article here.

Aged-care job estimates ‘don’t take change into account'.

Excerpt: 

"Estimates of the number of ­workers needed in the aged-care sector over the next decade are “seriously flawed” and do not take into account a rapidly shifting model of delivering services, ­according to the peak community provider body."

Read the full article here.

Tanya Plibersek: “My dad had the right to die with dignity.”

Excerpt: 

"Like most Australians he wanted to die at home. Like most Australians he ended up dying in hospital. (While 74% say they want to die at home, only about 16% do.)

But he was able to stay home almost to the end, because of great home nursing and wonderful support from the hospice where he was going for treatment."

Read the full article here. 

Karen Hitchcock: "On Caring for the Elderly"

Summary:

"Ours is a society in which ageism, often disguised, threatens to turn the elderly into a “burden” – difficult, hopeless, expensive and homogenous. While we rightly seek to curb treatment when it is futile, harmful or against a patient’s wishes, this can sometimes lead to limits on care that suit the system rather than the person. Doctors may declare a situation hopeless when it may not be so.

We must plan for a future when more of us will be old, Hitchcock argues, with the aim of making that time better, not shorter. And we must change our institutions and society to meet the needs of an ageing population."

Read the full article here. Note: article is behind a paywall.

El Gibbs: "Defining disability: Will the NDIS support all disabled Australians who need care?"

Excerpt: 

"ADHC supports about 95,000 people and the state government plans to increase this to 140,000 when the full NDIS is implemented. However, this leaves some significant questions about broader disability services for people who are not eligible for the NDIS."

Read the full article here. 

Carers NSW Media Release: "No carer should be worse off as NSW transitions to the NDIS"

Excerpt:

"In the lead up to the NSW State Election, Carers NSW is calling upon candidates to commit to continuity and support for carers in NSW as we transition towards the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). 

Services are currently undergoing massive upheaval to make way for the NDIS, which aims to give people with disability and their carers more choice and control. However in many cases, carers are losing out."

Read the full release here.