Helping older Australians stay in their homes through the aid of respite care and other programs has been deemed as both in the best interest of the older people in question as well as the state. This is currently being laid out by the aged care royal commission, whereby the idea is for older Australians and their unpaid caregivers (these are usually family members) to have access to “expanded and improved access to respite”.
By having a separate funding stream for respite and the expanded services (think exercise programs) it would enable the focus on the well-being and quality of life of the elderly to be a top priority. By being able to provide respite for the informal carer it would help sustain that critical resource being provided which overall makes good fiscal sense which is valuable to the economy.
For more information please read the full articles: Focus on funding for aged care respite