• CARE DESPAIR

    Federal Government under fire over elderly residents’ lengthy delays for home care
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    CARE FOR ALL: Uniting Aged and Carer Service program manager, Jennie Holdom, said more home care packages were needed to meet the needs of elderly residents who want to remain in their own home. PHOTO: Mel Guy

    LONG waiting times and a complex online management system are some of the hurdles facing elderly residents in Wangaratta wanting to remain as long as possible in their own homes.

    Wangaratta’s federal MP Helen Haines (MHR, Indi) this week called on the Federal Government to make good its promise to deliver more home care packages to older Australians, who are waiting more than 12 months, and in some case more than 18 months, to have their in-home care delivered.

    Dr Haines said while she acknowledged the government’s good intentions – increasing the number of home care packages by 25 per cent or 25,000 in the past year – 129,000 people whose care packages have been approved, are still waiting.

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