Hon Judi Moylan

More Aged Care places available for the electorate of Pearce

Older Australians living in Pearce will share in the distribution of a total of 300 new Residential Aged Care places, 459 Community Aged Care Packages and 80 Extended Aged Care At Home Packages for Western Australia in 2005-06, the Member for Pearce, Judi Moylan, announced today. “The new Australian Government-funded places will help ensure that older Australians living in the regions will have access to the care they need and deserve, both in aged care homes and in their own homes,” Ms Moylan said. The new places are part of an estimated 26,600 aged care places to be made available by the Australian Government nation-wide over the next three years, including more than 12,000 this year. They include 2000 new dementia-specific Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH) places, which provide the equivalent of high level nursing home care delivered to a person in their own home, to be allocated across Australia over the next four years. Those new places are part of the Australian Government’s $320 million package of initiatives announced during this year’s Federal Budget to help provide more care and support for people living with dementia and their carers. As well as dementia-specific EACH places, the Australian Government has also allocated more general EACH places, Community Aged Care Packages (which provide the equivalent of low level care delivered to a person in their own home) and residential care places. Organisations will be invited to apply for the new places and the more than $40 million in capital grants in late June. Information on the distribution of the new places is detailed in the publication 2005 Regional Distribution of Aged Care Places, which is available by calling 1800 500 853 or from www.health.gov.au/acar2005

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