Greenmount residents benefit from more aged care options
Posted on Wednesday, 29 September 2004
Older Australians living in Greenmount and surrounding areas will benefit from the opening of the new low-care wing at Greenmount Gardens Nursing Centre.
Member for Pearce Judi Moylan officially opened the new facilities today, which will cater for 55 new low-care places, with 19 of these dementia-specific.
This low-care wing is in addition to the centre’s existing 42-bed high care facility.
Ms Moylan said this was a further example of the extra aged care places the Howard Government was funding for older Western Australians.
“Since 1999 the Howard Government has allocated more than 3,800 new aged care places to the West,” Ms Moylan said.
“We have committed more than $411 million each year to subsidise the cost of care in the more than 17,200 aged care places allocated across our state.
“Over the next three years we will allocate an estimated further 1,890 places, including 770 new places this year.”
Ms Moylan said a re-elected Coalition Government would make dementia a National Health Priority and would provide $200 million over four years for dementia specific programs to help people living with dementia and their carers.
Ms Moylan said upon coming to office the Howard Government had shown its commitment to aged care as a priority, by introducing Australia’s first national legislated quality care standards for aged care through accreditation, and establishing higher building and accommodation standards through certification.
In contrast, in 13 years of Government Labor neglected aged care. The Auditor General found Labor left office with a 10,000 aged care place shortage. Despite an independent report finding homes delivering poor quality care, Labor failed to introduce national legislated care standards.
After nearly nine years in opposition nothing has changed - Labor still has no aged care policy.