Home-based care and support
Home-based care and support is an essential service. It enables many older people and those with disabilities to continue living at home by assisting them with their personal care, health needs and household chores.
It saves the country a lot of money
Supporting people to live at home is less costly than hospital or residential care.
But it is compromised by inadequate funding
What New Zealand spends on home-care is not enough to maintain a stable workforce able to meet the needs of the frail and elderly.
Home-based care and support relies on an under-paid workforce
Most workers are paid little more than the minimum wage and can’t rely on a regular income.
Poor pay is destabilising the service
Low pay leads to high staff turnover and the loss of skills and experience, compromising the quality and availability of care.
Standards of care are variable
There are no mandatory training standards for home-based care, and little investment in training workers.
We face a crisis if nothing changes
The population is ageing and needs are becoming more complex. The demands for home-care will continue to grow but we are ill-placed to meet them.
The quality and availability of home-care matter to all of us
Many of us have family members who need this support. We’ll probably need it ourselves one day.
It is time for the government to care
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