35 Extra Service Status places committed for Mindarie Aged Care facility
Posted on Monday, 4 September 2006
Older people in Mindarie will have the choice of higher standards in accommodation and services in residential Aged Care following the allocation of 35 Extra Service Status places, according to Member for Pearce Hon Judi Moylan MP.
“Elderly Australians are increasingly expressing a desire for aged-care services that meet their individual needs and choices, and Anchorage Aged Care in Mindarie, is well placed to meet those needs with the approval of 35 Extra Service places for the centre,” says Ms Moylan.
“I am pleased that Mindarie Aged Care has taken advantage of the Government’s excellent Aged Care initiatives, which are providing choice and flexibility, under stringent guidelines, to meet the needs of older residents.”
The Extra Service places approved for Mindarie were among 365 additional Extra Service places announced by the Minister for Ageing Senator Hon Santo Santoro this week.
Ms Moylan explains that Extra Service Care provides residents with higher standards of accommodation, food and activities in non-essential care areas like recreation, entertainment and personal interests. Residents pay for the services through extra fees.
She added that Extra Service increases diversity and choice in the aged care sector and provides an incentive to providers to improve their quality of care.
Regardless, the Government is committed to ensuring that all Australians have access to high quality Aged Care in old age.
The new nation-wide allocations bring the total number of available Extra Service places in Australia to 10,500.
Further Extra Service Status places are expected to be allocated for the May and June 2006 rounds, over the next few months.