At the time of its inception, the ACFI funding tool was proposed to standardise the funding for aged care in Australia.
However, ten years on, many changes have taken place in the sector. There is now a need for both higher level, complex clinical care and the increasing demand for older Australians to receive care at home. The ACFI model has struggled to keep up with these changes.
The sector has suffered ACFI funding cuts and uncertainty at a time when care needs are increasing. No one knows exactly how ACFI will evolve, but most agree that its lifespan in its current form is coming to an end.
A comprehensive study from the University of Wollongong entitled “Alternative Aged Care Assessment, Classification System and Funding Models Final Report“ was released in February of 2017. The report evaluated five funding options including the current ACFI system.
Most notable in their assessment was this point regarding the change, “Our recommended proposal represents significant change for the sector and it requires an implementation strategy that involves education and sector-wide consultation and engagement.”
AutumnCare: The Ideal Partner Through Uncertainty
Regardless of the option chosen or the changes to the government funding scheme, the fact remains that businesses must be ready for a change to the current model.
Uncertainty can be toxic for businesses wishing to grow or expand in the aged care space. AutumnCare, through its unique design and structure, can offer businesses a degree of stability through uncertainty, allowing them to continue to focus on the care of their residents.
When changes are legislated, AutumnCare’s form set, known as Continuum, can be rapidly updated to capture the new funding requirements nearly overnight.
There is no need to update your entire clinical management system or wait through long periods of downtime. AutumnCare’s clinical and support teams will ensure a smooth transition through the inevitable changing landscape of the industry.