SUBMISSION TO FUTURE REFORM – an integrated care at home program to support older Australians

21 August 2017

Homeshare Australia – HANZA Inc. made a submission to the discussion paper on Future reform – an integrated care at home program to support older Australians.

Submission to Future reform – an integrated care at home program to support older Australians

HANZA Inc made a submission to the Key Directions for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme Discussion Paper, June 2014 seeking acceptance and expansion of the Homeshare programme as a new development and new service type for the Home Support Programme.

Much to our disappointment Homeshare is not listed on MyAgedCare to ‘increase peoples choices’ nor has it been included in this discussion paper. The Homeshare programs in Victoria have transitioned into the CHSP as part of the agreement in Victoria. We believe, as stated in 2.4 of the discussion paper “consumer expectations are changing … and Baby Boomers … will have different expectations … they will want the choice to remain living at home in their communities for as long as possible.” Homeshare’s principle objective is to do just that. Homeshare is a positive choice, rather than living alone.

It is important to realise that Homeshare has been operating in Australia for 17 years. Over 500 matches have been achieved. Over 50% of these have enabled an older person – many in their 90s – to remain safely at home avoiding or delaying residential care or lengthy hospital stays. In their study of the economics of Homeshare[1], The Australia Institute estimated the long running (17 years) Wesley Homeshare program generated net benefits of over $11 million including savings in residential care services and hospitals. Homeshare has demonstrated success, safety and efficiency in Australia, as it has in many other countries. However, this success will be jeopardised, and the opportunity for growth lost, if Homeshare is not acknowledged by the Commonwealth and supported within MyAgedCare.

To read HANZA’s submission to the Future Reform Discussion Paper, Click here.