More Overnight Respite for older people in Pearce
Posted on Friday, 23 December 2005
People caring for older relatives and friends in the Peace electorate will find it easier to obtain overnight respite as a result of additional funding for local services.
The Member for Pearce, Hon Judi Moylan, today announced that the Australian Government would provide $41, 590 for expansion of existing overnight respite from Killara Day Centre premises for four care recipients (possible 5) and couples.
The funding will be provided from January 2006. It is part of an additional $59m over four years being provided nationally for stand-alone overnight respite services for older Australians.
“This funding was committed in the 2005 Budget,” Mrs Moylan said. “I am very pleased that this provider within my electorate has successfully applied for funding and will be able to offer more respite, where it is needed.”
Overnight respite houses in the community provide breaks for carers looking after older people, by taking the person receiving care overnight or for a few days in a safe, home-like environment.
“People who voluntarily care for older people, usually family or friends, make a great contribution to our society but also make a lot of sacrifices,” Mrs Moylan said.
“Easier access to overnight respite will make it easier for them to get a break when they need and allow them to continue to care for people who might otherwise be forced into a residential facility.
“The Australian Government is expanding the choices available to frail older people, including more services for those who want to stay in their own homes, and more support for carers. The flexible and innovative cottage style respite supported by this new funding will make a big difference to many people,” Mrs Moylan said.
The 2005-6 Federal Budget provided $207.6m over four years to build on the Government’s current investment in supporting carers, which also included:
• Respite to Assist Employed Carers $95.5m over 4 years;
• Residential Respite Funding Increase $41.8m over 4 years;
• Increased Rural and Regional Respite $9.3m over 4 years.