09 Apr, 2019


Government needs to do more on in-home care - Household Capital


The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety recently focused on aged care in the home. The commission was told that while most Australians want to stay in their homes for as long as possible, older Australians face an average wait of 18-24 months for a home care package.

According to the federal government’s own data, published in its report Home care packages program data report 1 October – 31 December 2018, there were 73,978 people waiting on a home care package at their approved level at 31 December 2018.

Josh Funder, Household Capital’s Chief Executive Officer, said the government’s budget measures don’t come close to covering the needs of retired Australians.

As well as those not receiving any in-home care, at the end of 2018 there were 53,770 people who were waiting for a home care package at their approved level; instead they were making do with a lower level package.

We need to do more to help the 50,000 retirees struggling to live in their own home because their care needs are not being met.