Home Care Funds welcome but won't dent waiting lists for home care

Release date: 07 Sep 2019

The peak body for non-profit aged care providers Aged and Community Services (ACSA) says additional funds for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) announced today will help thousands of Australians to live at home for longer but won’t do much to reduce waiting lists for home care programs.

“These funds are welcome and will help thousands of Australians live at home for longer but it’s nowhere near enough to end waiting lists for the different home care programs,” ACSA CEO Patricia Sparrow said.

“Of course, providers and older Australians are always appreciative of additional investment, but the drip feed will need to end at some point. Australia is unprepared for some very big challenges that are just around the corner as our population ages. 

“We need to ensure that the thousands of people waiting for home care get support and that the sector is sustainable well into the future.

“There are waiting lists for both programs that support people at home. Regardless of programs we need more to meet demand.

“The Royal Commission cannot be used as an excuse to delay action. An urgent boost of 40,000 level 3 and 4 Home Care Packages (in 2019-20) that is the main cause of the backlog in waiting lists and is forcing people into hospital or residential care prematurely.

“What’s required isn’t just about more money – the entire community needs to get involved in planning for their own ageing and also our ageing population.

“There are some hard conversations that are still being avoided. Until we see adequate long-term planning for the structural and funding issues, Australia won’t be able to fully address the needs of older Australians,” Ms Sparrow said.

As the peak body representing church, charitable and community-based organisations providing accommodation and care services to older people, people with a disability and their carers, ACSA can be contacted for comment on issues affecting the industry.

Areas ACSA may provide media commentary on include:  

  • Aged care reforms
  • Residential aged care
  • Home care
  • Independent and retirement living
  • Housing for older Australians
  • Palliative care
  • The aged care workforce in Australia

 

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