LOCAL elders will benefit from a funding boost from the Abbott Government, which will enable the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council to buy equipment to help people be more mobile around the home.
Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has announced today that the Council will receive a $10,000 grant for its Mobilizing Northern Peninsula Area Aged Care Clients program.
Project funds will purchase vital mobility aids including heavy duty wheelchairs, four-wheeled walkers, hopper frames and shower chairs. The equipment will be available for borrow/hire with no fee charged.
“This project is a great, practical way to make a difference in our community, and is just one of many projects funded across the country,” Mr Entsch said.
“The Government has invested more than $35 million for projects across the country to help organisations build their capacity to deliver world-class quality aged care services and to tackle new and existing challenges in aged care.”
Funded through the Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants round, Mr Entsch said the Government was committed to building on our strong aged care system to support older Australians.
“Our aged care system touches the lives of millions of Australians—more than one million people receive aged care services with about half a million of those receiving support at home.
“These grants will help make sure that aged care organisations can better respond to existing and emerging challenges, both now and into the future.”
The Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants fund will be shared between 54 organisations. A list of all successful applicants is available at the Department of Social Services website.