Older Australians in the ACT will benefit from a substantial increase in funding for aged care services, with the Australian Government announcing over 17,000 new care places across the nation worth an estimated $910 million.
Following the announcement of the 2015 Aged Care Approvals Round, Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja welcomed news that 258 places had been created locally following a competitive application process conducted by the Department of Health.
“There is a strong demand for aged care across Canberra and these additional places are essential in ensuring our elderly receive the quality care they deserve,” Senator Seselja said today.
“It will either help expand existing services or create new places in priority areas of need, including:-
- 5 new residential care places at Fred Ward Gardens in Curtin
- 6 new home care places at Mirinjani Retirement Village in Weston
- 5 new residential care places at Bill McKenzie Gardens in Page
- 23 new home care places delivered by Home Services Feros Care
- 90 residential care places delivered by Belconnen Residential Aged Care
On top of the new aged care places, the Turnbull Government has also announced $67 million in capital grants to help approved providers establish new services or upgrade existing facilities.
This is the last ACAR to include home care places. From February 2017 funding will follow the consumer not the provider, allowing people to choose the care which suits their individual needs, to then direct funding to that provider.
“Australians want greater choice and control over the care they receive and the changes to home care we’ve created do exactly that,” Senator Seselja concluded.
More information about the results of the 2015 Aged Care Approvals Round is available at www.dss.gov.au/2015ACAR