What to expect in Aged care in 2020?

ACAT requirement
The Aged Care Act 1997 (the Act) provides subsidies for anyone over the age of 65 years seeking aged care services but will need an approved Aged Care Assessment (ACAT). Otherwise, subsidies cannot be paid to an approved provider. If there is an urgent need to enter residential care without an ACAT approval, the provider must take necessary steps to submit the Application for Care form within five business days or seek an extension if the form is not completed exceeding the five business days.

Physical and Chemical restraints
The Government has legalised that
• any use of physical and chemical restraints must only be used as a last resort;
• All state and territory legislation which regulates the responsibility for prescribers to gain informed consent before prescribing use for chemical restraint;
• A review of the first 12 months of the operation of the restraint regulations to ensure aged care facilities are minimising the use of inappropriate restraint.


Prescribers awareness
All prescribers (including GPs) who:
• have prescribed an antipsychotic or benzodiazepine in residential aged care, or;
• are working in a residential aged care setting,
will be provided resources available in the prescription of medication to raise support in the care of residents with dementia.

From 1 January 2020, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) listings for risperidone for the treatment of Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) of the Alzheimer type will change.

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