Elderly Queenslanders are being forced out of their homes due to delays in getting them assistance for day to day tasks.
Elderly Queenslanders are being forced out of their homes due to delays in getting them assistance for day to day tasks.

Elderly put at risk by home care blowout

ELDERLY Queenslanders face longer delays for home care with the waiting list blowing out by more than 3000 in just six months.

As the federal government plans a royal commission into the crisis in aged care, figures show there are now more than 22,000 Queenslanders waiting for assistance, with many put on hold for a year or more.

The delays are worst for those assessed as needing the highest level of in-home care, with those in the two most serious categories now facing delays of 12 months or more before they receive funding under the federal government's Home Care Packages Program.

Government data reveals the number of Queenslanders waiting for funding packages jumped from 19,585 at December 31, 2017 to 22,804 at the end of June 2018.

Read the full story at the Courier Mail


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