Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the voice of aged care, welcomes the reduction in the home care waiting list but says there are still too many older Australians assessed as needing care in their homes who are not getting care at the level they require.
Latest data from the Government shows the national queue for home care packages at the appropriate level stands at 119,524, down from 129,038 in the previous quarter.
There were also 99,110 older Australians reported as being in receipt of a home care package at 31 March 2019, a 16.6 per cent increase on the figure for the same time last year.
LASA CEO Sean Rooney said the latest data is welcome news, given this is the first time the number of older Australians waiting for a Home Care Package has fallen in the queue’s history.
“LASA applauds the Government’s noteworthy commitment to release more home care packages,” Mr Rooney said.
“However, it is still not good enough that at 30 June 2019, there were 119,524 elderly Australians waiting for a home care package at their approved level.
“Waiting times for a Home Care Package in many locations are still often more than 12 months or longer, and in some cases, over 24 months.
“More work needs to be done in providing funding for higher level home care packages and advancing the integration of the home care package program and CHSP beyond June 2022.
“LASA renews its call on the Government to develop a sustainable funding strategy for home care that considers all the available public and private funding levers and to legislate maximum wait times of no more than three months for home care services.”
About Leading Age Services Australia (LASA)
LASA is the national association for all providers of age services across residential care, home care and retirement living/seniors housing. Our purpose is to enable high performing, respected, and sustainable age services that support older Australians to age well by providing care, support and accommodation with quality, safety and compassion – always.
We represent providers of age services of all types and sizes located across Australia’s metropolitan, regional and rural areas. Consistent with the overall industry profile, 57% of our Members are not-for-profit providers, 33% are for-profit providers and 10% are government providers.
Our diverse and representative membership gives LASA the ability to speak with credibility and authority on issues of importance to older Australians and the age services industry.
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