Older Australians waiting two years for home care packages

As of September, almost 100,000 senior Australians were waiting for access to their approved home care packages (Bigstock)

Thousands of older Australians waited more than two years to access already approved high-level home care packages. Source: The Age.

And more than half of all older people approved for residential aged care waited more than three months in 2019-20 to enter their new home, a Productivity Commission report on government services found.

Nationally, 34 per cent of older people living at home but requiring some level of care reported their needs were not fully met. But of those aged over 65 who received services in the previous six months, 84.4 per cent said they were satisfied with the quality of help they received.

Home care packages, funded by the Commonwealth Government, are designed to support older Australians still living at home with tasks including cleaning and showering. They can be approved at four levels: from level one for basic care, costing roughly $9000 a year, through to level four for high care at a cost of about $52,000 a year.

The report’s aged care services section shows the average wait time for home care packages fell slightly in 2019-20 compared to the previous year.

As of September, almost 100,000 senior Australians were waiting for access to their approved home care packages.

Wait times for the packages have been an ongoing issue. In the three years to mid-2020, about 30,000 people died while waiting for services, a Senate inquiry heard last year.

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Thousands of elderly wait more than 28 months for access to high-needs home care packages (By Rachel Clun, The Age)

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