Care is now the major worry for older people
Worries about long term care have overtaken money as the biggest concern of pensioners who have called a national advice line run by the charity Help the Aged. SeniorLine, the Help the Aged advice line, took 21,159 calls from older people about community care in 1999, an increase of 5,000, or 28%, on the previous year. SeniorLine manager Elizabeth Lodge said the calls came during a year when older people had been waiting to hear the Government’s response to the Royal Commission report on paying for long term care. The report said current funding arrangements were unacceptable and that the issue must be acted on urgently. However, there had been no positive response from the Government to the Commission’s report. “Care is a major issue for our callers and on SeniorLine we make sure older people know their rights and have the most up-to-date information to make the best choices,” Ms Lodge said.