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                          Rapidly ageing population shines spotlight on a crisis for

                                                       people growing old at home
                                                                                                                                                  Source: Cota 14 Apr 2019
                                                                                    Home care gives people access to      But  with  no  new  packages  re-
                                                                                    packages, valued between $12,000      leased  since  January,  Ms  Allen
                                                                                    and $50,000, so they can receive      said when the budget was handed
                                                                                    help  with  things  like  showering,  down earlier this month it landed
                                                                                    dressing  and  housework  while       with  a  whimper  rather  than  the
                                                                                    continuing to live independently in   bang needed.
                                                                                    their own houses.                     "We  know  that  we  have  125,000
                                                                                    It  is  distinct  from The  Common-   people on a waiting list and over
                                                                                    wealth  Home  Support  Program,       the  last  12  months  the  Govern-
                                                                                    which is designed for people who      ment have released 40 thousand
                                                                                    need less support.                    packages now we're asking why is
                                                                                    The first incarnation of the pack-    there a cap on those packages?"
                                                                                    ages were introduced by the Keat-     she said.
                                                                                    ing Labor Government in 1992, as      The Council is calling on the Com-

                  ith a rapidly ageing pop-    you've got wives that are sitting up
                  ulation,  few  Australians   all night with husbands who might
         Wwill  emerge  unscathed              be wanderers they're and they've
         from navigating the vast and often    got dementia and you can't get a
         complicated aged-care system —        service in the morning to shower
         be it for a parent, partner or them-  them.
         selves.                               As the royal commission prepares
         According to the Australian Insti-    to  hand  down  its  report  into  the
         tute of Health and Welfare, about     failures of the sector, national ad-
         15  per  cent  of  the  population  is  vocacy group The Council on the
         aged  65  and  over,  a  figure  pre-  Ageing (COTA) says the Common-
         dicted to rise to just under a quar-  wealth's  home-care  system  is  at
         ter by the end of the century.        breaking point, with some waiting
         "There are a lot of people who cry    two years to be approved for pack-
         on my desk and down town and in       ages.
         the  aisles  of  Coles  because  they  COTA WA CEO Christine Allen said
         can't  access  services,"  said  Julie  there  was  no  doubt  the  system  a government-funded alternative      monwealth to commit $1.2 billion
         Christensen,  a  residential  aged-   was in trouble.                      to nursing homes, which are cost-     to free up half the backlog of peo-
         care provider in the WA Wheatbelt     "It's in crisis there's no doubt it's in  lier for the taxpayer and rarely the  ple on the waiting list.
                                                                                    first  preference  of  older  Aus-    In the bush and coastal retirement
         town of Narrogin.                     crisis and when we're looking at
                                                                                    tralians who don't require 24-hour    meccas across the country, where
         "What's difficult to understand is    home care we've got to talk about
         how families can feel when they sit   the trauma that extends way past     care.                                 the  average  age  regularly  tips
         at home and they're waiting for a     the person. The trauma extends to    Since its inception the number of     above  state  averages,  communi-
         [Commonwealth]  package  to  ar-      both to the family and to the car-   active packages has swollen from      ties are already grappling with the
                                                                                    235 to 84,971 as of March last year.  problems of tomorrow.
         rive — and they can't get it — and    ers," Ms Allen said.
                                                                                                                          On  Western  Australia's  south
                                                                                      Aiming for Perfection               coast,  Clarence  Estate  provides
                                                                                                                          both  residential  and  home-care
                                                                                      K.R. ENTERPRISES                    services in the city of Albany, long
                                                                                                                          regarded as a retirement haven for
                                                                                                                          the  state's  farmers  and  city
                                                                                                                          dwellers seeking a cooler climate
                                                                                       Cabinets &                         in the twilight years of their life.
                                                                                                                          Clarence Estate Executive Director
                                                                                        Carpentry                         Dr Kristi Holloway said there had
                                                                                                                          been  a  "number  of  changes  that
                                                                                                                          have  occurred  in  the  aged-care
                                                                                       • New Kitchen vanities             sector  over  the  last  couple  of
                                                                                            • Built-in-robes              "One has been a national wait list
                                                                                                                          for aged-care packages," she said.
                                                                                        • Kitchen & Bathroom              Dr Holloway said many in the re-
                                                                                              Renovations                 gion were going without services
                                                                                                                          or  were  ending  up  in  residential
                                                                                                                          care earlier than they had to.
                                                                                  ssmwa11013  QUALIFIED TRADESMEN      ssmwa11020  "There certainly is a delay for peo-
                                                                                             FREE QUOTES
                                                                                                                          ple receiving home-care services
                                                                                                                          in the Great Southern at the mo-
                                                                                       NO JOB TOO SMALL                   "That  is  creating  increased  pres-
                                                                                                                          sure  on  the  hospital  system  and
                                                                                      0418 914 284                        consequentially wait times and the
                                                                                                                          demand on residential care serv-
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