Home care queue drops 7% but 120,000 people still waiting for a package​

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The national prioritisation queue for Home Care Packages (HCPs) has fallen from 129,000 to 119,500 people) – but only after a 25% increase in the number of packages in the last year, the latest home care package data report reveals.

There were 99,110 people in a home care package at 31 March 2019 – a 6.2%, (5,779) increase from 31 December 2018 (93,331) and a 16.6% annual increase from the same time last year (84,971).

But as of 30 June 2019, there were still 72,062 people waiting on a home care package at their approved level – many for a Level 4 package (see chart below).

Wait times for aged care packages

Wait times of three to six months for a Level 1 packages and 12 months-plus for the higher-level packages have also not improved.

In total, 47,700 home care packages were released during the June 2019 quarter – an average of 3,670 per week.

However, while most on the queue (97.4% or 116,362) had been provided some form of Commonwealth subsidised home care support, that’s still over 3,000 elderly Australians with no support at all.

Last week in Parliament, Prime Minister Scott Morrison named home care as one of the Government’s “biggest priorities”.

“I look forward to the future statements of the Government to build on those statements that we’ve already made, which have increased the number of places, particularly for those on level 4 packages,” he said.

When will he deliver on this promise?