Improved access to aged care services and support for those at home
Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan says the provision of $40 million to improve access to aged care services in rural, regional and remote Australia will be welcomed by an ageing population.
The Government will provide the capital grants funding of $40 million over four years to aged care providers for building improvements and urgent maintenance, as well as infrastructure expansion.
Across Australia, the Government will deliver an additional 14,000 new high level home care packages over four years from 2018-19, in addition to the 6,000 high level packages delivered in 2017-18.
Ms McGowan said Indi had 29,363 residents who were aged over 65.
“I have received representations from constituents who want to stay at home and they are seeking the care and support to enable them to remain independent,” she said.
“Funding for improvements and expansion of existing aged care facilities will give our respected elders greater choice when they can no longer remain at home.”
Ms McGowan has welcomed the Government’s provision of $22 million in funding over four years to tackle elder abuse. The Elder Abuse Service Trials will establish demonstration projects for three types of specialist services:
- specialist elder abuse units,
- health justice partnerships, and
- case management and mediation services.
“There is community concern about the rise in the number of cases of elder abuse. It is important there is practical support on offer to help older Australians and their families affected by this issue.”
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