Growth in seniors receiving home care packages

The latest home care report shows increasing choice in home-based care for senior Australians, with almost 92,000 now receiving home aged care packages, an annual growth rate of 29 per cent.

 

During the 2018 September Quarter 30,150 home care packages were released, an average of 2,320 per week.

 

For the first time, detailed breakdowns on the support people receive while they are in the national prioritisation system are included in the report.

 

The report reveals that more than 95 per cent of people approved for home aged care support have been offered a lower level home care package or have been approved for assistance through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).

 

CHSP assistance is being expanded and includes transport, domestic help such as house cleaning, personal care, home maintenance and modifications, food preparation and meals on wheels, nursing, social support and respite care.

 

This is on top of the additional $1.6 billion investment in home care packages in the 2018-19 Budget.

 

CHSP assists around 800,000 senior Australians per year and the Government is growing the program from January 2019, with an extra $100 million over two years.

 

For more information about the Home Care Packages Program Data Report (1st Quarter 2018–19) go to the GEN Aged Care Data website, https://www.gen-agedcaredata.gov.au/Resources/Reports-and-publications/2018/November/Home-care-packages-program-data-report-1-July-%E2%80%93-30

 

Last financial year, the Australian Government spent $18.1 billion on aged care on a range of services for more than 1.3 million senior Australians.

 

An Additional report "The 2017-18 Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997" coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Act and shows that in 2017-18:

  • $12.2 billion – almost 70 per cent - of aged care expenditure was on residential aged care
  • Two thirds of aged care consumers accessed basic support at home
  • More than 3.5 million visits to the My Aged Care website and 1.4 million calls answered by the call centre
  • There were more than 880 approved providers of residential aged care and more than 870 approved providers of home care packages
  • More than 1,450 organisations were funded to deliver Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) services and overall, there were 783,043 CHSP clients across 2017-18
  • 556 funded CHSP organisations and 2,522 residential aged care homes delivered respite care
  • $262 million was spent on CHSP grants and $349.6 million in residential subsidies and supplements
  • There were 53 operational Short-Term Restorative Care services being delivered by 37 approved providers
  • Funding of $35.6 million was provided to 35 services under the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aged Care Program
  • The National Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Services provided support to 15,499 cases for family carers, primary and acute care staff and aged care providers to improve the quality of life of a person living with dementia.

 

30 November 2018.