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28 September 2018
The number of senior Australians receiving home care packages has surged by more than 20 per cent in 12 months, according to the latest quarterly home care report.
In the year to 31 March 2018, an additional 14,392 people were receiving home care packages, taking the total number in care to around 85,000. This included an increase of 9.1 per cent, or 7,053 people, over the December quarter.
Senior Australians also have more choice in home care services. At June 2018, there were 869 providers, an 18.2 per cent rise during the previous year.
“An average of 2,850 packages were released each week during the 2017-18 financial year,” said Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM.
“This report reflects the first full year of our Government’s landmark Increasing Choice In Home Care reforms. It also reflects the strong growth in people opting to live at home for as long as possible.
“Our Government understands that aged care at home is about choice, flexibility and independence, helping senior Australians remain close to their families, friends and communities.
“Our Government’s commitment to home care is allowing more people to get their approved level of care and remain in their safe, secure and familiar surroundings.
“Our quarterly home care reports and record aged care Budget boost are in stark contrast to Labor, where there was no transparency and little attention to Australians’ home care needs.”
Following the Government’s $1.6 billion home care commitment in the May Budget, overall package numbers will grow from around 87,000 in 2017-18 to 151,000 in 2021-22, including 74,000 high level packages.
“This includes 14,000 new high level packages,” Minister Wyatt said. “The release of these additional packages started in July and the benefits are now flowing to senior Australians.
“Importantly, while people are waiting for their approved home care package, the majority are still accessing Commonwealth support.
“Up to three-quarters of the 121,000 people on the national queue are receiving some form of Commonwealth subsidised aged care through a home care package or the Commonwealth Home Support Program.”
The $2.7 billion a year Commonwealth Home Support Program helps more than 800,000 people with services including nursing, respite care, domestic help, home maintenance, transport and meals.
The 2018-19 investment in home care packages is expected to be $2.5 billion, providing services such as personal and clinical support, mobility and domestic assistance, and nursing, nutrition and transport.
The latest Home Care Packages Program report is available at the GEN Aged Care Data website.
Media contact: Nick Way, Media Adviser 0419 835 449
Authorised by Ken Wyatt AM, MP, Member for Hasluck.