On a new episode of Insight on SBS, they tackle the issue of ‘Ageing Parents’, where it’s revealed Walter Higgins spent his final two years “in absolute misery” in residential aged care.
His daughter Beverly told Insight he needed the home support “ASAP”.
When Walter died six months before his 100th birthday, he was still on the home care waiting list.
The move to residential care was “heartbreaking”
Beverly said it was “heartbreaking” finding her father after his fall, and that after the incident he was no longer safe to be left on his own.
Making the move into residential aged care was extremely difficult, and Beverly told Insight her father resented her for doing it.
She told the program it would have been better if he’d passed away after the fall because he was so miserable in residential care.
“What I would’ve preferred to happen is that the government do what we pay them for, provide the level four care he was assessed for … which means he had someone with him for seven hours a day … which means they could’ve washed him, fed him, cleaned his house, put him to bed and then back in the morning,” Beverly explained.
Government pledges 80,000 new home care packages
The latest government data shows there are still 97,000 people waiting for their correct level of home care package.
While they wait to receive the level of care they have been assessed as needing, most of those on the waiting list (98.6%) are receiving some form of government-funded support.
In the recent federal budget, the government announced it will fund another 80,000 home care packages over the next two years as part of its $17.7 billion aged care package. The government believes this will be enough to clear the current waiting list.
The government has said that 12,000 of those packages will be level four packages, the highest level of care.
Recent research by StewartBrown reveals that even on the highest level of home care package, care recipients receive only 8.36 hours of care per week. The total cost of a level four package to the government is $52,000 per annum.Insight airs on SBS on Tuesday nights at 8.30pm.