More Support to Age at Home
Posted on Saturday, 3 January 2004
Older Australians in the hills area will benefit from 15 new approved packages to help people age at home, Federal Member for Pearce Judi Moylan announced today.”
“The Australian Government is providing over $170,000 to support the new places through the Hills Community Support group in Mundaring,” Ms Moylan.
“This demonstrates the Australian Governments recognition of the increasing desire of older Australians to remain in their own home and community whilst being supported.”
Ms Moylan said that this was of great benefit to areas like the Perth Hills as residents of the area were used to a certain lifestyle and did not want to move away from the area, family and friends as they aged.
Spokesperson for the Hills Community Support Group, Ms Helen Dullard said that the packages were a great relief to the service which has had a waiting list for months.
Ms Dullard said all fifteen packages would be allocated by March and offered a great opportunity for additional care in the area.
Ms Moylan said that the packages were allocated where they were needed most, and to the applicants who best demonstrated they could meet the needs of an ageing community.
Two of the key priorities for the Australian Government were to provide care to people living with dementia and improving access to aged care services for people with special needs.
The new Hills places form part of more than 8,600 places worth in excess of $186 million made available in the 2003 – 2004 Aged Care Approvals Round.