Five Good Friends is extremely pleased with early reports that an increased support for in home care is likely to be a feature component of the upcoming federal budget. We are glad to see the preventative health benefits of in home care recognized – every hour of home care service received per week associated with a 6% lower risk of entry into residential care.
We welcome a potential shortening of waiting lists for essential home care packages that allow the provision of services to members of the community who truly need them and hope this is representative of an increased common awareness that home based care delivers the best outcomes for the care receiver at the lowest long term cost to the general public.
“ABC News understands the budget will focus on about 60,000 people who have been approved for support but have not received any funding.”
“According to a Department of Health report released today, over 53,000 consumers were waiting to be assigned a package at 30 June and a further 35,000 people on the national queue were making do on a lower-level package while waiting for their assessed level of care.”
Five Good Friends will continue to provide updates on this important issue as more information comes to hand.