Cut in Home Care Wait list welcomed, but where are workers?

National Seniors welcomed news the home care wait list has decreased by 25 percent in twelve months helping to ease an unacceptable wait time for 41,000 older Australians.

Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said the latest figures from the Home Care Packages Program Data Report show the number who accessed home care packages grew to 204,146 in September 2021 – an increase of more than 41,000 in 12 months.

“National Seniors has been urging the Federal Government to take action to better support older Australians with the appropriate level of support they need and when they need it,” Mr Henschke said. “After years of delays, exposed shamefully during the Royal Commission, we’re finally starting to see a significant drop in the wait list which has seen as many as 16,000 people die waiting, in one twelve-month period.”

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