Aged care to see shift in current service model

 New research from Frost & Sullivan has outlined a new direction for Australia's aged care sector. 

Aged care will become more patient-oriented than service-focussed.

Within the next 10 years, senior citizens will have more choice in retirement facilities, the type of care they receive and how it is structured on an hourly basis. This will lead to a more patient-oriented system rather than the service-focussed aged care arrangements seen today.

The organisation stated that both public and private sub-sectors will see positive growth, which should be pleasing to those employed in aged care.

However, there will be some changes to how the government will fund these programs, explained Frost & Sullivan Healthcare Industry Manager Dr Siddharth Dutta. 

"Seniors choosing residential care homes in 2015 will have to pay a maximum daily fee equal to 85 percent of the single person rate of the basic Age Pension," she stated. 

"On the other hand, those who shifted to residential care homes before July 1 2014 will need to pay the costs under the old fee arrangement."

According to research from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, retirees already utilise a number of different services. However, 80 per cent start out in the Home and Community Care or the Veterans' Home Care program. Providing information on the range of options available should be a priority for aged care employees in the near future. 

Retirees will be able to personalise their aged care programs in the future. Retirees will be able to personalise their aged care programs in the future.

Education grants to boost future workforce

Reforms to the current aged care system have already gained traction. Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSC) announced that the Federal Government will provide 16 grants to universities and care providers to boost capabilities, spelling good news for future aged care recruitment efforts.

Adj​unct Prof​essor John Kelly of UTS and the University of Sydney, and CEO of ACSA, stated that these grants are highly important in preparing workers for social shifts and changes to the job market.

"With the expectation that by 2050 one in 20 Australians of working age will be an aged care worker, that is an additional 500,000 people, it is significantly important that the workforce is well prepared and that with an ageing population we have the best care outcomes,"  he said. 

Professor Kelly also stated that the initiatives are designed to highlight the attractiveness of this career and the benefits that it can offer individuals in the long term. 

Early preparation now will ensure that successful patient-orientated care will be of high quality in the future.