| November 23, 2018

$963,000 TO HELP LOCAL SENIORS LIVE AT HOME FOR LONGER

The Morrison Government will invest $963,500 in additional funding to support senior Australians in the electorate of Murray and across the Aged Care Planning Regions of Hume and Loddon-Mallee, to remain living independently in their own homes.

The funding boost will help 37 home support providers extend their local services and is part of our Government’s $100 million national expansion of the $5.5 billion Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).

“This is about giving local seniors more certainty, more options and more independence,” said Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt AM.

“Our Government is committed to giving senior Australians as many choices as possible to remain living in the security of the homes they love, close to their families and connected with their communities.”

The four types of CHSP services earmarked for growth in the Murray area are:

• Domestic assistance
• Transport
• Meals
• Home maintenance

Eligible local CHSP providers have been contacted, with the growth funding set to flow from January 2019.

“The expansion will grow home services and build on the more than 8,000 local residents and their carers currently receiving CHSP assistance,” said Member for Murray Damian Drum.

“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.
“The program delivers high-quality support tailored to people’s individual circumstances and preferences. There is also a strong emphasis on helping maintain and restore the independence of local senior Australians through wellness and rehabilitation support.”

The local growth areas to be funded will include: Household help such as cleaning, laundry; general repairs and care of homes and gardens; more transport to assist people with shopping and appointments; expanded meals services.

“Our ageing population and the evolving needs and wishes of senior Australians are driving an increasing demand for home-based services,” said Minister Wyatt.

“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.”

CHSP services also include nursing, social support, allied health, personal care and respite care.

The CHSP is available to people aged 65 years and over, or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It also includes support services for prematurely aged people on low incomes who are 50 years or over and are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

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