Helping the elderly stay at home as long as possible has many benefits.  Most often sited are an increase in the quality of life for the individual and a decrease in overall expenditure by funders.

Because of this governments around the world are increasing funding to enable local providers reach more elderly in the community.

In the news today are two examples of increased government commitment to home care:

Australian Federal Ageing Minister Justine Elliot announced an increase of AUS$8.2 million to expand home care services, including domestic assistance, social support, food delivery, respite, access to community transport and counseling.

And in Hong Kong, Matthew Cheung, the Secretary for Labour & Welfare, announced that the number of elderly home care places will grow by 21% in December.