ACSA calls for measures to improve residential respite services

Residential aged care providers would be required to offer some respite care in return for improved Commonwealth subsidies under proposals from Carers Australia


08 Feb 2018

Residential aged care providers would be required to offer some respite care in return for improved Commonwealth subsidies under proposals from the peak carers’ group.

Carers Australia says its new survey of organisations that help carers access respite clearly shows that “demand for residential respite care is not being met.”

As well as mandated provision of respite and improved government subsidies to residential aged care providers, Carers Australia is calling for greater availability of other forms of respite, such as cottage style accommodation for overnight and weekend breaks.

Responding to the report, Aged and Community Services Australia said the recommendations like access to a real-time, centralised booking system were “common-sense steps” that could be implemented to alleviate current pressures with accessing respite.

ACSA Chief Executive, Pat Sparrow, calls for measures to improve residential respite services: “Changes to the subsidy model so that providers can keep beds available as respite beds would help improve the availability and flexibility of residential respite services.'

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