FEDERAL MATTERS, with Dr David Gillespie

FEDERAL MATTERS

with Dr David Gillespie

Million-dollar investment in aged care and home care

The local area will continue to benefit from an expanding investment by the federal Coalition government in aged and home care services.

This week I announced this electorate would receive $1,004,635 as part of a $115 million investment in extra aged-care funding support to assist more older Australians to continue to live independently at home and in their communities.

Approximately 245 organisations across Australia will receive funding to deliver additional aged-care services nationally through the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) Growth Funding Round.

The CHSP supports more than 640,000 older people – 65 years and over or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – across Australia to live at home and maintain their independence.

The additional funding will help people to stay in the communities they grew up in, or worked in all their lives, and was a great way to keep communities strong.

Older people assessed as needing assistance with household chores, preparing meals, personal care and home maintenance will get the help they need to stay at home near family and friends.

Practical help like extra transport services to take people to appointments as well as social events in their local community are simple, but very important, for an older person’s happiness and wellbeing.

I’m delighted that our region has received funding for additional services so our older residents get the care and attention they deserve.

Information about the CHSP Growth Funding Round is available on the Tenders and Grants page on the Department of Health website:

www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/Listing+of+Tenders+and+Grants-1