Does the Aged Care Funding Instrument provide increased funding in residential care? Comparisons with the Residential Classification Scale

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Abstract

Aim:

To determine whether the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) provides more funding than the Residential Classification Scale (RCS) for residents in the Hellenic Residential Care Facility.

Methods:

All residents within the care facility were assessed over a six 6-month period using ACFI, RCS and Clifton Assessment Procedures for the Elderly (CAPE) scores. Differences in funding levels were calculated using ACFI and RCS instruments against a standardised CAPE score.

Results:

CAPE dependency RCS funding per resident per day varied from $32.20 for grade A to $116.20 for grade E4 residents. CAPE ACFI funding varied from $20.20 for grade A to $127.50 for grade E4. There was no significant difference in mean overall funding between the two scales (ACFI $92.50 vs RCS $90.35, P = 0.76).

Conclusions:

The ACFI does provide a small but not significant increase in funding to residents in residential care. It redirects funding to higher dependency residents.

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