More than 16,000 elderly people died waiting for home care in 2017-18. We can and must do better, writes Dr Olivia Ball.
Older people on the home care queue will receive a letter three months before they are to be assigned a package to encourage them to plan for services, the department has said.
Before, after and in between the many reviews reporting in 2017, it’s been another busy year in aged care news. However, it was our report on wages in the sector early in the year that topped the most-viewed list.
The number of consumers on the national queue for home care packages has grown by 14 per cent to over 101,500 older people, the latest quarterly data report from the Department of Health shows.
The Department of Health has not met its July deadline for the release of data on the new national queue for home care, a key transparency measure of the government’s home care reforms.
Just one in four providers say they have received new clients in the first two months of the government’s revamped home care system, survey shows.