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Long wait for HCP increases risk of death, study finds

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People who wait six months or more for a home care package are more likely to die or go into residential care two years after getting the package than those who don’t spend as long in the queue, a study has found.

The study looked at almost 180,000 older people who got a home care package between 2003-2013. Of those, 74 per cent got a package within 6 months and 25 per cent after six months. A third received a package within a month.

Those who waited longer were more likely to be dead or in permanent care after two years.

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Source:
Judy Skatssoon, 2018, Australian Ageing Agenda (https://www.australianageingagenda.com.au/about/)

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