Older Victorians get $23.7m support boost
Older Victorians and people with a disability will benefit from a boost of more than 400,000 hours of additional care, after the announcement of an additional $23.7 million in funding for home care services.
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The Hon Julie Bishop MP
Australian Government Minister for Ageing
The Hon Gavin Jennings MLC25 January 2006
Victorian Government Minister for Aged Care
Older Victorians and people with a disability will benefit from a boost of more than 400,000 hours of additional care, after today’s announcement of an additional $23.7 million in funding for home care services.
More than 55,000 additional meal deliveries and almost 30,000 extra hours of nursing extra services can be delivered through the increase to the Home and Community Care (HACC) program, announced today by the Australian Government Minister for Ageing, Julie Bishop, and the Victorian Minister for Aged Care, Gavin Jennings.
Ms Bishop said the joint Australian-State Government program has been supporting older Australians, younger people with disabilities and their carers for 20 years.
"Older and people with a disability in Victoria will receive substantially more care services, including more than 84,300 additional hours of personal care," Ms Bishop said.
"The increase in funding will help more people maintain their independence and continue living in their own homes and local community.
"Without HACC services such as respite care, domestic assistance, or nursing and social support for older Australians, many people would need to move prematurely into residential care," she said.
Mr Jennings said more than 220,000 people receive these support services in Victoria - with nearly 10 million hours of care being provided for older and disabled people across the state.
"This significant increase in funding responds generously to the rising number of frail aged people, and younger people with a disability, in our community who receive support services at home," Mr Jennings said.
"Overall, an additional 404,700 hours of care will be provided in Victoria to top up services so all people with needs can be served more evenly across the state."
(Ms Bishop) Murray Hansen 0417 886 155
(Mr Jennings) Martin Curtis 0400 512 618
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