An increased number of older Australians will be able to continue to live independently at home and in their communities with $115 million in extra aged-care funding support from the Australian Government.
$461,475 will be made available to deliver home support services, pending contractual agreements with service providers in Dunkley.
The Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM MP, announced that approximately 245 organisations across Australia will receive funding to deliver additional aged-care services nationally through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) Growth Funding Round.
“The CHSP supports more than 640,000 older people – 65 years and over or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – across Australia to live at home and maintain their independence,” he said.
Member for Dunkley, Chris Crewther MP, welcomed the announcement and said that helping people to stay in the communities they grew up in, or worked in all their lives, was a great way to keep communities strong.
“Older people assessed as needing assistance with household chores, preparing meals, personal care and home maintenance will get the help they need to stay at home near family and friends,” Mr Crewther said.
“Practical help like extra transport services to take people to appointments as well as social events in their local community are simple, but very important, for an older person’s happiness and wellbeing.”
“I’m delighted that Dunkley has received funding for additional services so our older residents get the care and attention they deserve.”
Information about the CHSP Growth Funding Round is available on the Tenders and Grants page on the Department of Health website.