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In response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, the Australian Government has announced several changes to its In-home aged care programs.
The In-home aged support program is currently made up of several programs. These include:
Each program has a different approach to assessment, eligibility, service providers, funding, and fees. This can lead to inequitable outcomes and creates a complex and confusing system for people to navigate.
From July 2023, these programs will be replaced by a single program called the ‘Support at Home Program’.
This reform package is designed to support more senior Australians to receive care at home, increase support for formal and informal carers and increase the accessibility of these services. Improved supports in the home would prevent many senior Australians from having to enter residential aged care prematurely and in some cases not at all.
As detailed on the Australian Government Department of Health’s website, the proposed changes will:
The government is currently in the consultation process on all aspects of the proposed changes and how to best implement them.
For more information, you can view the Support at Home Program Overview paper.