Federal Coalition adds 10,000 home care packages in response to Aged Care Royal Comission

Aged care funding up $537 million

The federal Coalition government will add a further investment in the aged care sector of $537 million to respond to the three priority areas identified in the Aged Care Royal Commission Interim Report.

The funding boost will deliver 10,000 new home care packages; improve medication management for aged care residents with dementia, and facilitate getting younger people out of residential aged care.

Quality aged care is a priority for my electorate. Since 2013, aged care funding in Lyne has grown from $90 million a year to $160 million a year. With this latest announcement, I'm very pleased our government is providing more support in these three priority areas identified by the Aged Care Royal Commission.

Families want to know their loved ones will be treated with dignity and respect when they need care. I am committed to continuing to deliver that for people in my local area.

The package includes: * investing $496.3 million for an additional 10,000 home care packages; * providing $25.5 million to improve medication management programs to reduce the use of medication as a chemical restraint on aged care residents and at home, and new restrictions and education for prescribers on the use of medication as a chemical restraint; * delivering $10 million for additional dementia training and support for aged care workers and providers, including to reduce the use of chemical restraint; * investing $4.7 million to help meet new targets to remove younger people with disabilities from residential aged care.

The new home care packages will support more seniors choosing to live independently. These 10,000 new packages were rolled out from December 1, and will help more seniors live in their own homes for longer. The extra packages are strongly weighted towards people with the highest needs as recommended by the Royal Commission.

Complete details of the Aged Care Royal Commission Interim Report response package are available online at: www.pm.gov.au/media/response-aged-care-royal-commission-interim-report

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