Aged-care ser­vices get Fed­eral Govt cash boost

Great Southern Herald - - News - Michael Traill

Aged-care ser­vices across the Great South­ern and Wheat­belt have re­ceived a fund­ing boost from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

Nar­ro­gin’s aged-care ser­vices have re­ceived an in­crease in fund­ing from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment as part of a $500 mil­lion pack­age an­nounced in De­cem­ber.

Ac­cord­ing to Fed­eral Mem­ber for O’Con­nor Rick Wil­son, Karinya Res­i­den­tial Care and Res­i­dency by Dil­lons Nar­ro­gin will have its Vi­a­bil­ity Sup­ple­ment in­creased by 30 per cent from March 20.

Karinya’s Vi­a­bil­ity Sup­ple­ment, which is a pay­ment to help with the higher costs of de­liv­er­ing aged-care ser­vices in ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas, is ex­pected to rise from $77,000 to $100,000. Dil­lons Nar­ro­gin’s will in­crease to $43,000 from $33,000.

“The Gov­ern­ment is de­ter­mined to con­tinue im­prov­ing aged care at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity, to help en­sure lo­cal se­nior Aus­tralians re­ceive the care they want and de­serve, where and when they need it,” Mr Wil­son said.

WA Coun­try Health Ser­vice also ben­e­fits from in­creased Vi­a­bil­ity Sup­ple­ment fund­ing, with an in­crease of about $27,000 for ser­vices pro­vided to Dum­b­leyung and $45,000 for Lake Grace.

The Gov­ern­ment will also ease the cost of liv­ing for lo­cal se­niors re­ceiv­ing home care, by re­duc­ing the daily max­i­mum fees payable by up to $400 a year. “We un­der­stand lo­cal peo­ple’s pref­er­ence to re­ceive aged-care ser­vices in their own homes and to live in­de­pen­dently for as long as pos­si­ble,” Mr Wil­son said.

“The home-care ex­pan­sion is on top of the ex­tra 20,000 pack­ages funded in the past year, which com­bined, will re­sult in a record 40 per cent in­crease in peo­ple re­ceiv­ing home-care pack­ages.”

The max­i­mum ba­sic daily fees payable for home care in O’Con­nor will be re­duced by $400 a year for Level One pack­ages, $200 a year for Level Two pack­ages and $100 a year for Level Three pack­ages.

“Our Gov­ern­ment will top up pay­ments to providers on be­half of lo­cal se­niors, to en­sure there are no re­duc­tions in lev­els of ser­vice,” Mr Wil­son said.

Pic­ture: Elysia Harver­son

Karinya Res­i­den­tial Care man­ager Julie Chris­tensen and Fed­eral Mem­ber for O’Con­nor Rick Wil­son.

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