ACAR announcement sees St Ives Home Care in top 10 successful providers
Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon. Sussan Ley announced 18 March, the results of the final Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR), with St Ives Home Care receiving 204 home care packages.
The 2016 announcement marked the final round of ACAR and was the most competitive yet. 126,808 places were sought by providers and just 6,445 allocated by the government. Adding to increased competition, the round also saw a 4% decrease from the previous year in home care packages available for allocation.
Overall, St Ives Home Care was allocated 204 home care packages in 12 aged care planning regions across Australia. The new allocation means the private operator is now the second largest privately based home care package provider in Australia and now the 6th largest home care package provider nationally. St Ives Home Care is already the largest provider of home care packages in Western Australia.
As announced in the May Budget, and as part of ongoing aged care legislative reform, from February 2017 home care packages will be attached to the individual rather than the provider. This means the government will no longer grant packages through the ACAR process.
Michelle De Ronchi, Chief Operating Office Care for St Ives was pleased with the result and said it places the rapidly growing home care business in a good position for February 2017 and beyond.
“Given the competitive nature of the ACAR process, we are very happy with the result and see it as a vote of confidence certainly for our service and quality management approach. The allocation allows us to continue to expand our home care services in some regions, as well as make our services available in some new areas.”
“We are also pleased that a good percentage of the packages allocated were higher level care. There are considerable waiting lists for these packages and we are now working hard to ensure this care is available as soon as possible to those who need it,” Ms De Ronchi said.