Catholic Health Australia has welcomed the release of a further 6150 home care packages for older Australians and urged the federal Government to increase the pace so those needing care and support are not missing out.
The Government made the announcement about the extra home care support and also said it would extend the aged care royal commission by several months. The royal commission was originally due to report by November 12 but will be given until February 26.
CHA Chief Executive Pat Garcia said the waitlist for home care packages – which now stands at around 100,000 – remains unacceptably high, a point highlighted by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Interim Report.
With the royal commission now reporting in February, Mr Garcia said all eyes would be on the May 2021 Budget.
“The aged care system is in desperate need of reform and proper funding – it needs an overarching plan that offers stability to the system,” he said..
“It is critical that the Government takes the opportunity presented by the royal commission to present a resourced program for systemic reform of aged care services so that all older Australians have timely access to quality aged care and support services of their choice.”
Collectively, CHA members are the largest non-government providers of residential aged care in Australia.
Aged care royal commission being extended (AAP/The Canberra Times)
Let’s do better for our elders (By Pat Garcia, Catholic Health Australia CEO, The Australian)