The Australia Institute and Homeshare Australia made a joint submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. The submission outlines the wide range of economic and social benefits homeshare programs provide, such as alleviating loneliness and avoiding entry into residential care. The Royal Commission has an opportunity to recommend government investment in homeshare, ensuring that this tool for assisting people to avoid going into residential care is as effective and powerful as possible. These recommendations address the following key points:
- Support for developing sustainable business models;
- Incorporation of homeshare into MyAgedCare and NDIS; and
- Analysis of integrating homeshare into aged care systems by state and/or federal government agencies.