Ex­tra fund­ing for the el­derly

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - By Myles Peter­son

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.

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