Home care is increasing in popularity to keep people living independently at home for longer. This is because you can choose where to live – either at home or in a retirement community or perhaps with the kids – and the care they need will come to you.
But with popularity comes some downsides – demand for home care packages exceeds the number that have been made available. Once you are approved for a package, you client will go on the waiting list until funding becomes available. This could be a wait of 12-18 months.
About 152,000 older Australians receive help through a home care package, with another more than 100,000 people waiting for a package to be allocated. Some people waiting might receive a lower level of care so they have access to some support while waiting. The 2020 federal budget saw the government allocate an additional $1.6 billion to provide 23,000 more home care packages, but even so, the wait is still expected to be long.
In this short webinar, Luisa Capezio, aged care adviser for Phillips Wealth Partners takes you through the step by step process of how to access government subsided home care services.