At Home Care in High Demand: WA

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Phillips, L. ‘Rapid Rise in At-Home Care Industry,’ The West Australian, July 26, 2008, p. 14.

Demand for at-home care is on the rise in Western Australia. Comfort Keepers managing director Paul Fiddes conveys it is skyrocketing in Perth due to pressures on the hospital system, a dearth of retirement and aged care options, and the expectation baby boomers have of maintaining a high level of independence and freedom through to their final years. “In-home care is fast becoming a viable and preferred alternative for many people who are looking to maintain their independence at home, but require some assistance and support along the way,” he says. Platinum Care’s David Stallard concurs, stating: “The need is massive. In 18 months, we’ve gone from one staff member to over 30.”

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