Joint Media Release
The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP
Minister for Aged Care
Minister for Indigenous Health
Member for Hasluck
The Hon Andrew Gee MP
Member for Calare
15 November 2017
A major expansion of residential care in Lithgow for people with dementia is on track for completion, as the Turnbull Government maintains its strong commitment to Central West aged care.
Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, joined Member for Calare, Andrew Gee MP, today at the Three Tree Lodge Aged Care Service in Bowenfels, which is almost doubling the size of its special needs care section, after a $1.24 million Turnbull Government funding injection.
“Supporting local people living with dementia is a top priority,” said Minister Wyatt.
“The project is on schedule to be finished in February and will have 18 places for people living with this condition, based on the acclaimed Hammondcare model which promotes dignity, self-esteem and as much independence as possible for residents.”
The Minister also visited Columbia Aged Care’s Oberon Village and Lithgow Aged Care, which is about to undergo a staged expansion.
Over the next five years Lithgow Aged Care plans to grow from 95 places to 168 places, after securing an additional 73 places in this year’s Aged Care Approvals Round, plus a capital infrastructure grant of $3.5 million.
“Access to appropriate aged care facilities in our country communities is so important,” Mr Gee said.
“If country people don’t have access to proper aged care facilities, it means they have to move away from their friends, families and support networks.”
Minister Wyatt said the region’s aged care ratio was well above the national average.
“Ensuring seniors have access to safe, quality care in local communities is paramount, with annual aged care funding across Calare of almost $118 million in the past financial year,” said Minister Wyatt.
“The region has just over 93 residential care places per 1,000 people aged 70 or over, compared with the national average of around 78 places.
“During the past seven years, there has also been a $53.7 million Commonwealth capital investment to improve and expand local residential aged care facilities in Calare.”
The latest available data shows Calare has 32 operating residential care services, with 1699 places.
In addition, there are 17 home care services, providing care for 505 people.
Minister Wyatt - Nick Way, Media Adviser 0419 835 449
Andrew Gee MP – Kimbalee Morris 0428 422 542