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GROWING AGED CARE CRISIS IS HURTING OUR SENIOR CITIZENS

03 Sep 2018



THE HON. DR MIKE KELLY AM MP

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR EDEN-MONARO

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR DEFENCE INDUSTRY AND SUPPORT

 

 

GROWING AGED CARE CRISIS IS HURTING OUR SENIOR CITIZENS

 

The latest data on the waiting list for home care packages reveals there are now 108,000 older Australians waiting for care.

 

This includes more than 88,000 older Australians waiting with high needs, many with dementia.

 

It is now abundantly clear why the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, deliberately delayed the release of this data for months - older Australians continue to wait for the home care they need.

 

As the list grows longer and longer, fresh stories emerge daily of older Australians who are waiting years for home care.

 

I continue to be contacted by older residents all across Eden-Monaro who are waiting longer and longer for the home care package they have been assigned.

 

Recently, in my Aged Care community forum in Merimbula over fifty people turned up to complain about the increasing My Aged Care waiting list and the problems they are having getting the money they need to stay at home.

  

Since the first release of data, the waiting list for home care has grown from 88,000 older Australians to 108,000 nationally.

  

The Government needs to apologise for overpromising and under delivering to older Australians who are waiting years for the care they need.

 

 

DATE: 3 SEPTEMBER 2018

 

 

 

Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra



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