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Aged-care crisis hurting our Senior Citizens

Eden Monaro Mike Kelly MP

108,000 older Australians waiting for home care.

THE LATEST DATA on the waiting list for home care packages reveals there are now 108,000 older Australians waiting for care.

This includes more than 88,000 older Australians waiting with high needs, many with dementia and many who have waited up to a year.

It is now abundantly clear why the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, deliberately delayed the release of this data for months – older Australians continue to wait for the home care they need.

Since the first release of data, the waiting list for home care has grown from 88,000 older Australians to 108,000 nationally.

As the list grows longer fresh stories emerge daily. I continue to be contacted by older residents all across Eden-Monaro who are waiting longer and longer for the home care package they have been assigned.

At my recent Aged Care community forum in Merimbula, more than 50 people turned up to complain about the increasing My Aged Care waiting list and the problems they are having getting the money they need to stay at home.

The Government needs to apologise for overpromising and under delivering to older Australians who are waiting years for the care they need.

 

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