OLDER people in Leichhardt will get extra support and care services-such as cleaning, meals, nursing care and transport-to remain living independently at home, thanks to a $4,416,309 investment by the Australian Government.
Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said the funding was part of a $240 million investment under the Commonwealth Home and Community Care (HACC) program.
“This extra funding will help expand existing services or create new ones in identified priority areas of need in Leichhardt,” Mr Entsch said today.
“We know there is a real need for domestic assistance, social support and transport in our region and that’s where the majority of funding will go. These services are essential to older people staying safe and well, and remaining connected to their community and in control of their own lives.
“The Australian Government believes that older Australians should have the support and care they need to continue to live at home as long as they choose.”
Assistant Minister for Social Services, Mitch Fifield added; “The Commonwealth HACC program provides critical basic maintenance, care and support services where most people prefer to receive it-in their own homes and communities.
“We have made sure a large portion of the funding is going towards services that meet each region’s most pressing needs.”
Details of successful applications, and further information on the programme, can be found on the Department of Social Services website at www.dss.gov.au/agedcare. The new services will begin to be delivered from March 2014.