Jan 15, 2015

Profits rise, quality called into question in aged-care industry

Reforms to the aged-care industry have made running those businesses more profitable. But at what cost to the people they're supposed to be caring for?

Paddy Manning

Crikey business editor

Private industry figures show nursing homes more than doubled their profitability on average last year by cutting down on hours of care, particularly from trained nurses, and other costs per resident. The annual survey by Bentleys Chartered Accountants was released in summary form late last year but a full copy of the survey has been provided to Crikey. The survey covers 179 nursing homes around the country, breaking down average income and expenses line-by-line, and shows that net profits jumped 159% last year, from $4.14 to $10.71 per resident per day.

Source: Bentley's National Aged Care Survey

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