The number of older Australians waiting for the right level of care is continuing to grow with the latest figures showing almost 128,000 are queued for a home care package matching their need.
The federal government has come under pressure for its “woeful” inactivity on releasing data about waiting lists for home care packages.
Nearly 90,000 older Australians approved for a home care package are unable to access the care they need, the first-ever data on unmet consumer demand for packages has revealed.
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.
Around nine in ten older people were still waiting for a home care package nine months to a year after they were first approved for care, according to the results of a new study analysing aged care waiting times.