Joint Media Release
The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP
Minister for Aged Care
Minister for Indigenous Health
Member for Hasluck
Steve Irons MP
Member for Swan
7 August 2018
Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt AM says the doubling in size of Meath Care’s residential facilities will significantly expand local aged care options, transforming it into a 130-bed facility with a focus on leading dementia care.
Minister Wyatt and Member for Swan, Steve Irons, toured the existing aged care complex and retirement village today in the Perth suburb of Como and inspected the site where the new facilities are being built.
“The expansion will build on Meath Care’s strong reputation,” said Minister Wyatt.
“The staff and management have created a caring, positive and interactive home, designed to help residents live life well and enjoy their surroundings.”
“Meath Care Como is a leading dementia specialist provider, based on a community model that provides a supportive and active environment for people living with dementia.”
Mr Irons said Meath Care also provided for respite care needs and provided a variety of on-site services including GPs, access to dedicated nurses 24 hours a day, a nurse call system, an occupational therapist and a physiotherapist.
“This expansion is postivie for staff and residents and when the building work is completed in September, this aged care facility will be even better,” said Mr Irons.
“The new facilities will include a shared consultancy space for visiting health practitioners, plus ancillary services such as a beautician, hairdresser, café and a new club house, located within beautifully maintained garden areas.”
The Turnbull Government provided Meath Care with $3.1 million to support its Como aged care services in 2016-17.
Minister Wyatt said while Meath Care’s expansion would provide more local care choice, the Turnbull Government was focused on growing aged care options across Western Australia.
“As part of the 2017-18 Budget’s aged care boost, we have allocated a record 3,295 new residential care places for WA this year,” said Minister Wyatt.
“WA providers will also get to share in $60 million for capital investment in new and expanded facilities.”
“The Turnbull Government is committed to providing older Australians with choice and quality in aged care when they need it, no matter where they live.”
In the electorate of Swan during 2016-17, the Turnbull Government provided $126 million for residential aged care services, $65 million for home care services and $2 million for Commonwealth Home Support Program services.
As at 30 June 2017, the electorate of Swan had 25 residential aged care services with a total of 2,008 operational residential aged care places and three Commonwealth Home Support Programme services.
Minister Wyatt - Nick Way 0419 835 449
Steve Irons MP – Cory Harding 08 9355 0099
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