The shift from residential aged care to aged care that is provided in the community is continuing, according to new information released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
The information, available at www.aihw.gov.au/aged-care/residential-and-community-2012-13/, shows that 25% of government-subsidised aged care places in June 2013 were for community-based care, up from 20% five years ago.
'This is consistent with our understanding that most older Australians prefer to remain in the community as long as possible,' said AIHW spokesperson Mark Cooper-Stanbury.
And the shift is expected to continue, with long-term aged care planning set to see 1 in 3 aged care places allocated to community care by 2025.
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