Aged care funds for Childers

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FOR­EST View in Childers has wel­comed news of fund­ing be­ing granted to as­sist res­i­dents in care and to im­prove the qual­ity of care.

Mem­ber for Hin­kler Keith Pitt also wel­comed im­proved ac­cess to aged care in Childers af­ter an in­crease in the gov­ern­ment vi­a­bil­ity sup­ple­ment paid to smaller, ru­ral providers throughout re­gional Aus­tralia.

An­nounced in this week’s 2016/17 Bud­get, the Com­mon­wealth will in­crease the sub­sidy by 30%, lift­ing fund­ing across the na­tion by an ex­tra $102.3 mil­lion through to 2019-20.

The vi­a­bil­ity sup­ple­ment is a monthly pay­ment to im­prove the ca­pac­ity of smaller and ru­ral aged-care providers to of­fer qual­ity care, ac­knowl­edg­ing that there are higher costs of de­liv­er­ing ser­vices in cer­tain parts of the coun­try.

Mr Pitt says lo­cally this will mean higher rates of fund­ing and im­proved ser­vices at For­est View Aged Per­sons Home in Childers.

“Fund­ing of $55,746 for For­est View is part of a boost to 250 main­stream ser­vices and 100 mul­ti­pur­pose sites na­tion­ally, cur­rently pro­vid­ing res­i­den­tial or in-home care in coun­try ar­eas,” he said.

“In re­gional Aus­tralia, in­creased sup­port for aged care ser­vices is vi­tal, as it means we can care for our el­derly in fa­mil­iar sur­round­ings, and where fam­ily, friends or lo­cal sup­port ser­vices are of­ten close at hand,” Mr Pitt said.

En­sur­ing our el­derly ru­ral cit­i­zens are “bet­ter off in the bush” comes af­ter Coali­tion-driven changes to the ge­o­graph­i­cal re­mote­ness clas­si­fi­ca­tion sys­tem, which was re­placed this year by the so-called Mod­i­fied Monash Model.

The Monash sys­tem is based on cur­rent Cen­sus fig­ures, rather than a sys­tem re­liant on 1990’s data, and is also be­ing used to pro­vide in­creased in­cen­tives to at­tract GPs to ru­ral and re­mote Aus­tralia, along with other vi­tal work­force short­age pro­grams.

The 2016/17 Bud­get in­crease, com­menc­ing next Jan­uary, is on the back of a 2014 Bud­get mea­sure which in­creased the vi­a­bil­ity sup­ple­ment by 20 per cent, fol­low­ing a rec­om­men­da­tion by the Aged Care Fi­nanc­ing Author­ity.

For­est View Childers CEO Jenny Nixon said its a the news is a wind­fall for re­mote ru­ral aged care fa­cil­ity providers.

“The gov­ern­ment is pro­vid­ing the sup­ple­ment for res­i­den­tial aged care ser­vices in great­est need and Childers is in this cat­e­gory,” she said.

“This is de­signed to ad­dress cost pres­sures due to the small size of many ru­ral and re­mote fa­cil­i­ties,”

Over the past few years the fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties fac­ing smaller aged care fa­cil­i­ties try­ing to pro­vide care as in­creased.

“For­est View have re­cently se­cured the A Block wing to pro­vide a higher level of care to de­men­tia and wan­der­ing res­i­dents and this much needed funds will as­sure that res­i­dents can re­main in their home town for aged care,” Mrs Nixon said.

PHOTO: BEV LACEY

MORE HELP: Aged care in Childers re­ceived a boost in the Fed­eral Bud­get.

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