Aged care – Securing the future of aged care for Australians – more community care packages

At a cost of nearly $300 million, this will provide an extra 7,200 community care packages, including 1,600 high-level care packages, by June 2011.

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Why is this important?

  • Most Australians prefer to grow older in their own homes and communities. There is therefore a growing demand for community aged care, especially high-level care at home. This initiative will improve the availability of community care, thereby allowing more people to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.
  • Community care packages are for people who are not in residential care – in most cases they are in their own homes. Community care delays (or in many cases prevents) the need for people to enter a residential facility.
  • The care can be classified as low level (for example, help with household activities and personal care) or high level (which may involve complex nursing).

Who will benefit?

  • Over the next four years, an extra 15,000 frail older people will receive the care they need to maintain their quality of life, without the need to enter a residential care home.
  • By June 2011 this measure will provide an additional 7,200 community care packages, including 1,600 high-level care packages, that will build on the almost 40,000 community care packages that are currently available.
  • The greatest growth in care packages will be in high-level care at home, which is in high demand.
  • The additional places will target special needs groups and areas that may be under supplied at present.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • The Government has committed $298.6 million to 2010-11.

What have we done in the past?

  • In 2004, the Australian Government doubled the community care benchmark ratio from 10 to 20 places per 1,000 people aged 70 years or over. This initiative increases the provision ratio further, by raising it to 25 places per 1,000 by June 2011.
  • The Australian Government announced in the 2004-05 Budget that it would provide an additional $2.2 billion over five years for aged care. Since then the Government has announced the provision of a further $1.6 billion over five years as part of the new aged care funding package called Securing the Future of Aged Care for Australians.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • Once achieved, the new provision ratio of 25 community care places per 1,000 people aged 70 years or over will be ongoing.

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