Support for Provision of Informal Care
Informal care in an important element of elderly care. As society considers the real costs of caring for senior citizens, they must find a way to include a provision for informal care. This could include increasing the housing allowance to permit older people to stay in their homes.
In handling an ageing population, future health care must consider informal care. This will allow the government to trim its budget to pay for families to care for their own. They can use more non-government organisations (NGOs) to focus on more specific health care needs. Australia found that 1 in 2 primary care givers were providing 20 or more hours of care each week. Incentives or compensation could encourage this behaviour. All would benefit in the long run.