Older Australians receiving home care and support

More older Australians are receiving Commonwealth assistance, with more choice to help them remain living independently in their homes for longer.


New data shows 77,918 older Australians were supported by home care packages at 31 December 2017, a 12-month increase of 9,261 or 13.5 per cent.


In addition, the latest Home Care Packages Program report shows three-quarters of people listed for home care were receiving Federal Government support, either through home care packages or the Commonwealth Home Support Program.


“As our population ages, we are seeing demand for support increasing every year. That is why in this year’s Budget we committed to a record $5 billion aged care boost, including $1.6 billion for additional high-level home care packages,” said Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt.


“Thanks to our investment, the total number of home care packages will rise from approximately 87,500 now to 151,000 by 2022. This will include 34,000 more high-level packages. The first phase of this rollout began in July 2018.”


The Commonwealth Home Support Program – which receives around $2.7 billion a year funding from the Federal Government and assists more than 800,000 people - provides a range of support including domestic assistance and home maintenance, transport, meals, nursing services and respite care.


Home Care Packages will receive $2.5 billion in 2018-19, with services including personal care, mobility, domestic assistance, nursing, nutrition and transport.


The latest Home Care Packages Program report is available at the GEN Aged Care Data website https://www.gen-agedcaredata.gov.au/


17 August 2018.