New ser­vices aid in­de­pen­dent liv­ing

FUNDS HELP EL­DERLY LIVE AT HOME LONGER

Ellenbrook Advocate - - NEWS -

PEO­PLE in the east­ern ar­eas who want to con­tinue liv­ing in­de­pen­dently will ben­e­fit from $2.1 mil­lion in ad­di­tional fund­ing to the State’s home and com­mu­nity care (HACC) pro­gram.

Aged Care Min­is­ter Ken Wy­att said the fund­ing would help de­liver new ser­vices through or­gan­i­sa­tions sup­port­ing peo­ple who are frail, aged or had a dis­abil­ity, and their car­ers.

“This will help to ex­tend nurs­ing, so­cial sup­port, re­spite care, do­mes­tic as­sis­tance and trans­port for lo­cal res­i­dents, many who with­out th­ese ser­vices, would not be able to con­tinue to live at home,” he said.

The aim is to en­able more peo­ple to re­tain their in­de­pen­dence and con­nec­tion to their com­mu­ni­ties.

“Al­most all of us want to live in our own homes as long as pos­si­ble, and sup­port­ing peo­ple to have that choice is a top pri­or­ity,” he said.

The Min­is­ter vis­ited For­rest­field’s Peter An­der­son Cen­tre on Fri­day, where lo­cal sup­port had been boosted by more than $460,000 in ex­tra fund­ing for Rise Net­work, lo­cal ser­vice fund­ing for Alzheimer’s Aus­tralia and Vol­un­teer Task Force.

“Rise is now run­ning many in­ter­est­ing ac­tiv­i­ties at the cen­tre, which has be­come an im­por­tant com­mu­nity hub for our older res­i­dents,” he said.

“The sort of com­mu­nity based sup­port pro­vided by Rise is vi­tal and the non-gov­ern­ment sec­tor plays a key role in de­vel­op­ing and pro­vid­ing th­ese ser­vices.”

Rise sup­ports al­most 3,600 peo­ple in­clud­ing more than 2,800 aged care clients.

More than 74,000 peo­ple rely on home care ser­vices in WA and the fund­ing is part of a $309 mil­lion com­mit­ment to HACC across Western Aus­tralia.

The HACC fund­ing boost in­cludes $465,337 to the Rise Net­work, $349,074 to the Vol­un­teer Task Force and $256,304 to Alzheimer’s Aus­tralia WA.

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