Home care package (HCP) numbers have been released by the government this year that show 129,000 are still waiting for help, up 1290 from the last report.
However, the report shows that placements are trending in the right direction. As of December 2018, there were 93,331 people in a HCP, which represents an annual increase of 15,413.
There has also been an increase in providers offering HCPs. As of March this year there were 917 approved home care providers, an increase of 15 providers since December 2018.
The data shows us that HCPs are currently released at a rate of 2,400 per week, but for some, this is still too slow.
Leading Age Services Australia chief executive Sean Rooney is one of those people.
“LASA’s data suggests that even those on interim packages often pass away or enter hospital or residential care before receiving the package that they were assessed to need,” Rooney said.
“While the Government has made a noteworthy commitment to release more home care packages, the number of packages being made available to older Australians is still inadequate.”
Another is Aged & Community Services Australia chief executive Pat Sparrow. She is not surprised that numbers have risen and wants urgent action to be taken.
“The royal commission can’t be used as an excuse to delay – people need better support right now,” she said.
Aged Care Insite spoke with Sparrow about the new data.
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