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Home care providers’ profits are growing but many older Australians are missing out on quality care. The Conversation / Shutterstock

Confused about aged care in the home? These 10 charts explain how it works

This week the aged care royal commission heard evidence of long waits for home care, poorly trained staff and high fees. These 10 charts explain how the system works and why it's under such pressure.
Many older Australians prefer to stay at home than enter residential aged care – but the process of securing home care is riddled with complexities. From shutterstock.com

As home care packages become big business, older people are not getting the personalised support they need

An elderly lady needs to change the time a carer visits to help her shower. The reality of today's market-driven home care system means she has to call a centralised 1800 number to arrange this.
Many older Australians want to stay at home, but will need help to be able to do so. From shutterstock.com

Explainer: what is a home care package and who is eligible?

Home care packages are a viable alternative to residential aged care for many older Australians. But the process to secure these packages can be long and complicated.
A number of Australian nursing homes use Paro, a therapeutic robot that looks and sounds like a baby harp seal, to interact with residents with dementia. Angela Ostafichuk/Shutterstock

Before replacing a carer with a robot, we need to assess the pros and cons

It's easy to get excited about the potential for robots to help care for the sick, injured and elderly, but we need the right regulations in place to deal with issues as they emerge.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison defended the Coalition’s spending on aged care services after announcing a Royal Commission into the sector. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

FactCheck: is the Coalition spending ‘$1 billion extra, every year’ on aged care?

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended the Coalition’s spending on aged care as preparations for a Royal Commission into the sector get underway. We asked the experts to crunch the numbers.

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