Press Release: 18 February 2021
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In this issue:
Updated Home Care Packages Program Manuals now available
The department has updated the Home Care Packages Program Manuals (the Manuals):
- Home Care Packages Program Operational Manual: A Guide for Home Care Providers
- Home Care Packages Program Operational Manual for Home Care Package Consumers
The revised Manuals include updated web links and minor wording changes. In addition, the Provider Manual includes further information on Improved Payment Arrangements and the Aged Care Provider Portal.
Free trial of PainChek® tool: three months left to sign up
The Australian Government is funding a 12 month national trial of the PainChek® pain assessment tool for residential aged care providers. The tool aims to improve pain diagnosis and management in residents with dementia.
More than 900 Australian residential aged care facilities are already benefiting from the use of PainChek®, a medical device in the form of an App for smartphones. The App uses artificial intelligence to assess pain levels in residents who are unable to communicate, including those with dementia.