Home Support Workers provide care for our seniors, people with disability, and those who are injured, in their own homes. But these services have been underfunded by successive governments for years. This, plus a fragmented system, means support workers can’t provide the consistent, high quality care for their clients they would like to. That’s why we are calling on politicians to overhaul home support because the current system is broken. The way it’s funded, coordinated and delivered isn’t working for anyone. Urgent action is needed to ensure Home Support with dignity throughout Aotearoa.
To: Hon. Chris Hipkins, Hon. Jenny Salesa, Hon. Carmel Sepuloni (Labour), Hon. Jan Logie, Hon. Julie Ann Genter (Green Party), Hon. Tracey Martin, Jenny Marcoft (NZ First), Dr Shane Reti, Tim Macindoe (National)
Our seniors, people with disability, and those who are injured, need home support with dignity. But home support services have been underfunded by successive governments for years. This, along with a fragmented system, means that home support workers cannot provide the consistent, high quality care they would like to, and it means our seniors, those with disability, and those who are injured, don’t always get the support they need.
The current system is broken. The way it’s funded, coordinated and delivered isn’t working for anyone. That’s why I am asking you to commit to overhauling home support and investing in the future. Investing in home support is about ensuring good health for people remaining in their own homes and communities, while also avoiding poorer health outcomes which can lead to hospitalisation and more costly residential care.
We all need a Home Support system that works for everyone. I am urging you to overhaul the home support system and commit to:
- Investing in home support services which enable high quality care and support for our most vulnerable, so that people who need support services can continue to live with dignity in their own homes
- Decent jobs for home support workers. This means permanent regular shifts like other health workers have, hours and income which don’t fluctuate all the time, a proper wage for travel time, and genuine access to breaks so our jobs can be safe
Why is this important?
Ultimately the health and well-being of our families, parents and friends, are in the hands of those who work tirelessly providing these vital services and ensuring our most vulnerable are cared for. The increase in our aging populations and those requiring complex support, means home support services are in demand more than ever. Yet time after time, clients and their support workers report a lack of consistency of support, a lack of adequate communication, and not enough time for supports to be properly provided. This puts them at risk of hospitalisation or worse.
Our loved ones - our seniors, those with disability, and those who are injured - deserve a home support system which works. Our support workers deserve decent jobs. That’s why I am urging you to commit to overhauling the home support system.