Extra funding for the elderly
As of January, the region will receive funding for an extra 500 elderly home care support packages.
Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum announced the $963 500 funding last week.
‘‘Nearly everybody is unanimous this is the way to go,’’ Mr Drum said.
The hand-out is designed to keep the elderly in their own homes for longer.
Dubbed the Commonwealth Home Support Program, the funds will pay for domestic assistance, transport, meals and home maintenance.
‘‘The expansion will grow home services and build on the more than 8000 local residents and their carers currently receiving CHSP assistance,’’ Mr Drum said.
‘‘Total funding for all CHSP service activities in the Murray region is projected to be more than $18 million in the 2018-19 financial year.’’
Mr Drum said the money could be used for a wide range of supports, from assisted shopping, cooking and cleaning through to ‘‘safety proofing’’, such as the installation of hand rails.
Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt joined Mr Drum in Shepparton on Saturday to open Shepparton Villages’ $34 million development, Maculata Place.
‘‘Our ageing population and the evolving needs and wishes of senior Australians are driving an increasing demand for home-based services,’’ Mr Wyatt said.
‘‘The CHSP growth funding builds on our government’s record $5 billion aged care boost, announced in the 2018-19 federal budget, including the landmark More Choices For A Longer Life package, supporting people through better access to care, better quality of care and better ageing.’’
The program is available to people aged older than 65, or for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people older than 50.