What are aged care providers? 1.4

Aged Care Providers

Aged Care Providers are organisations supply aged care services in this instance in the form of an aged care home (nursing home).  An approved provider is an organisation that has Australian Government funded aged care services.

There are three main peak bodies representing aged care providers.  Their role involves advocating on behalf of their aged care provider membership in public and political arenas, developing aged care policy, as well as providing leadership, professional support, staff training and other member services.

The three main peak bodies are: 

Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) represents ‘mission-based’ - not-for-profit and faith-based - providers of aged care homes (nursing homes); home care and community care services; and housing and support for people with a disability and their carers.  ACSA represents “over 1,100 church and charitable and community based organisations providing accommodation and care services to over 700,000 older people.”

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) represents “both private sector and not-for-profit providers delivering retirement living, home care and residential aged care services.” 

The Aged Care Guild – “The Guild’s members believe strongly that a ‘for profit’ group of the major providers focused on advocacy is essential to delivery of the Guild’s mission of sustainable quality aged care delivering consumer choice and affordability.” 

You should ask if your care provider is a member of a sector association.  It reflects their commitment to ongoing training, the latest systems and procedures and accountability. 

Chris Baynesagedcare101 Commentator