According to the Home Care Packages Program Data Report, the latest figures on the Turnbull Government’s home care packages has revealed approximately 950 older Australians in the Illawarra are waiting for care – including 321 patients requiring high care or Level 4 packages.
Across the country, more than 100,000 people are waiting for home care with one third, or over 34,500, in New South Wales and 79,000 patients with high needs – many with dementia.
Sharon Bird said that it was time for the Turnbull Government to act and fix this crisis.
“It is simply not acceptable for people who need care in their own homes to be waiting up to twelve months,” Ms Bird said.
“Malcolm Turnbull knows this is an issue but has taken no action to fix this problem. The Prime Minister must act to ensure that people do not have to wait 12 months to be cared for in their home.
“This puts enormous pressure on families, particularly in a commuting region like the Illawarra. Many families, including those who commute to work or have other family commitments, are unable to look after their ageing relatives.”
HOME CARE PACKAGES WAITING LIST:
Source: HOME CARE PACKAGES PROGRAM, Data Report, 1 July – 30 September 2017, Department of Health
Source: HOME CARE PACKAGES PROGRAM, Data Report, 1 July – 30 September 2017, Department of Health, page 18
The Turnbull Government’s commitment in September to readjust the ratio of places to create 6,000 additional packages has been proven to be woefully inadequate – the waiting list has already increased by over 10,000 places and the additional packages will not come close to reducing the number of patients waiting.