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Home care crisis in South West Sydney deepens with more older Australians waiting for care

March 08, 2018

The Turnbull Government continues to ignore older Australians in Werriwa, with the unacceptable waitlist for home care packages growing again.

Last week it was revealed that more than 35,173 older Australians living in NSW are languishing in limbo waiting for a package and the care they need.

This includes 27,842 older Australians in NSW waiting with high needs, many with dementia.

“This is a crisis and it is unacceptable,” Ms Stanley said.                                                                                       

“Senate Estimates recently confirmed the average wait time for level three and four home care packages, the highest levels of care, is over ‘12 months’.”

In an extraordinary moment of political spin, the Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, said the growing waitlist is on a ‘positive trajectory’.

“It is not ‘positive’ that the waiting list has grown by almost 15,000 since the home care package reforms were introduced just a year ago,” Ms Stanley said.

“With wait times blowing out and more and more older Australians joining the queue for care it is clear the Government needs to act now.

“The Turnbull Government is failing the task of caring for older Australians with no solutions to deal with this growing crisis.

“Our older residents awaiting home care packages in Werriwa deserve better, they helped build our nation. The Government needs to show some compassion.”