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HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE

Home and Community Care (HACC) services are provided in the client's home or community to assist people with severe, profound or moderate disabilities and their carers. HACC provides services such as personal care, home help and maintenance, transport, respite care, community nursing, paramedical services and food services.


In 2004-05, two thirds (67%) of the 12,365 HACC clients receiving assistance in the ACT were female. Almost half (49%) of all HACC clients were aged 70-84 years, while 21% were aged 50-69 years. While these proportions remained consistent between 2003-04 and 2004-05, the total number of clients increased from 11,286 to 12,365.

8.10 HACC clients(a), By age and sex - ACT - 2004-05

Number
Proportion of all clients
no.
%

Sex
Males
4 128
33.4
Females
8 237
66.6
Age group (years)
Less than 50
1 537
12.4
50-69
2 583
20.9
70-84
6 026
48.7
85 and over
2 219
17.9
Total
12 365
100.0

(a) The proportion of HACC funded agencies that submitted HACC MDS data for 2004-05 differed across jurisdictions, and ranged from 65 per cent to 98 per cent. Actual client numbers will be higher than those reported here.
Department of Health and Ageing, Home and Community Care Program National Minimum Data Set 2004-05 Annual Bulletin.


Half of all HACC clients in the ACT in 2004-05 received the Age Pension. Eighteen per cent of ACT HACC clients received a disability support pension, while 16% did not receive any pension or benefit.


Of those persons who received HACC assistance in 2004-05, 43% lived alone, 52% lived with family and 5% lived with others. Sixty-five per cent of clients were Australian born, 16% were born in north-west Europe, and 12% were born in southern and eastern Europe. A little over 1% of HACC clients were of Indigenous origin.


The type of assistance with the highest average hours per client during 2004-05 was Respite care (147 hours). This was followed by Centre-based day care (109 hours), and Personal care (81 hours). The average number of meals per person rose from 94 in 2003-04 to 105 in 2004-05.

8.11 HACC services received(a), ACT - 2004-05

Assistance type
Services received
Average per client

Allied Health Care (Centre) hours
8 570.0
3.2
Allied Health Care (Home) hours
3 739
2.9
Assessment hours
16 759
3.1
Case management hours
28 975
7.7
Case planning/review hours
11 296
7.8
Centre-based day care hours
66 986
108.7
Counselling hours
6 837
10.1
Domestic assistance hours
89 587
31.4
Home maintenance hours
12 287
8.9
Nursing care (Centre) hours
39 343
19.3
Nursing Care (Home) hours
17 523
10.4
Other food services hours
-
-
Personal care hours
55 289
80.6
Respite care hours
54 192
147.3
Social support hours
67 375
46.4
Formal linen service deliveries
3 977
32.6
Meals (Centre) meals
3 410
22.4
Meals (Home) meals
88 739
82.3
Aids for reading quantity
<10
-
Car modifications quantity
-
-
Communication aids quantity
<10
-
Medical care aids quantity
57
5.2
Other Goods and equipment quantity
24
1.5
Self care aids quantity
36
1.8
Support and mobility aids quantity
<10
-
Transport single trips
77 007
37.2
Home modification $
276 709
843.6

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) The proportion of HACC funded agencies that submitted HACC MDS data for 2004-05 differed across jurisdictions, and ranged from 65 per cent to 98 per cent. Actual services recieved will be higher than those reported here.
Department of Health and Ageing, Home and Community Care Program Minimum Data Set 2004-05 Annual Bulletin.


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