Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a $537 million funding package for aged care on Monday. The package includes $496.3 million to fund an additional 10,000 home care packages, which will be strongly weighted towards Level 3 and Level 4 packages. 5,500 packages will be rolled out from 1 December.
Centacare Executive Director Peter Selwood said the funding injection was good news for older Australians who were on the waitlist for a home care package or who are on a lower level package than what they had been assessed for.
“The new funding will help speed up access to in-home care and ensure older Australians receive high-quality services when and where they need them,” said Mr Selwood.
“Centacare is committed to ensuring its 7,800 aged care clients live healthy, safe and independent lives in their own homes and communities.
“We support older Australians to live a purposeful life, which means staying connected in their community, getting involved in the things that are important to them and building or maintaining their confidence and capacity to live independently for as long as possible”.
Mr Selwood urged those who receive a letter from My Aged Care to contact their service provider.
“That way we can increase your services and support in line with your level of funding,” said Mr Selwood.
Those who are waiting for a home care package may be able to access subsidised services through the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP). This can include personal care, domestic assistance, home safety and maintenance, short breaks, social activities, health and wellness and support for family and carers.
Call 1300 236 822 or visit https://centacarebrisbane.net.au/aged-care/home-care-packages/ for further information