Aged care is one of the fastest growing sectors in the Australian healthcare industry. Many facilities across the country are facing many challenges. The Australian Government have tightened up the ACFI (Aged Care Funding Instrument) and this has impacted many aged care homes drastically.
The main concern for all aged care facilities is the government funding and financial sustainability. Aged care budgets need to be balanced yet this is impossible for each facility. The Australia Government has cut the average funding per resident of $6,655 which is equivalent to 11%. In total the funding cuts result in a net decrease of more than $1.1 billion by 2020.
Major budget reductions in residential facilities have impacted the high-care residents as the care provided to the elderly is limited. Care providers need to settle with the governments decisions and focus on the priority of the health and wellbeing of all elderly Australians.
Funding cuts also has a very devastaing impact on aged care providers. Facilities have noted that staffing cuts will be implemented as nearly three quarters of facilities have said nursing numbers will be reduced dramatically. Nurse cuts will cause more increased incidents and injuries and resulting in more residents having to be placed into hospitals.
What can we do?
Change is predicted, we need to respond in a positive and innovate way. We need to ensure that the elderly receive the care they need to help them lead a pain free and comfortable life.
Home care demand of supply has increased as many residents can access great physiotherapy and services within their own homes. Nurses in home care can help residents improve their functions and maintain their independence for a longer period.
If you are a nurse and looking for more work, please contact Aktrapid Nursing Agency, as we have great connections with aged care facilities.