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What are aged care home operators? 1.2

Aged Care Operators

Aged care homes (nursing homes) are run by a wide variety of organisations and companies that are referred to as aged care service providers.  Aged care providers include, for example:

  • Faith based/religious organisations 
  • Community organisations
  • Charities
  • Publicly listed companies
  • Health insurers

Plus:

  • State governments (in regional and remote areas where aged care homes are often integrated with the local hospital and other health-related services)

Any type of organisation can receive Commonwealth Government funding to operate aged care homes and provide other aged care services, as long as they meet the funding and accreditation criteria and act within other Australian laws.

In Australia (in 2014) there are 192,834 operational aged care bed funded by government.  Around 57% or 110,000 beds are provided by the Not For Profit church, charitable and community operators while around 38% or 73,500 are provided by For Profit (private) aged care home operators.  Local and state government account for 5% or 9,600 beds.

Stuart HutcheonsStewartBrown Managing Partner

Aged care providers have their own peak bodies that help to develop aged care policies, represent their interests to government and also provide leadership, training and other professional services to aged care workers. 1.6 Aged care provider peak bodies

Approximately 60% of people entering aged care homes receive the full aged care pension and only have to pay 85% of their pension towards their aged care cost. All others will need to pay top up fees and should get advice on the commitment that may be required

Jill Donaldson 
agedcare101
Physiotherapist

 

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