Personal care at home and in the community


Recent figures released by the Productivity Commission show that, during the 2016-17 financial year, $17.4 billion was spent on aged care, with about 30 per cent of that figure spent on those older or infirm Australians wishing to live independently in their own homes.

According to a report, that expenditure covers assistance with dressing and other daily living activities, transport, socialisation, installation and maintenance of home living aids such as hand rails and ramps, preparation or supply of meals, nursing and provision of medical devices such as walking frames, mobility scooters and motorised wheelchairs.

Yet one in three older Australians living at home say their needs are not being fully met, an even higher percentage than among those with a profound or severe disability.

Conversation starter

Have you or an older or infirm relative or friend living independently found sufficient support for personal care under the current Federal Government funding arrangements? Did you need – or were you given – assistance with accessing funding support for in-home services?

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