17/12/2018

Additional aged care packages for Wide Bay Seniors 

Senior Australians in Wide Bay will receive more support from a half-billion dollar aged care funding boost by the Liberal Nationals Government.

 Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said additional home care packages will be offered as well as an increase in the residential care Viability Supplement to eligible providers.
 
“An additional 10,000 high-level Home Care packages will be available from early January, putting downward pressure on wait times for people in Wide Bay,” Mr O’Brien said.
 
“Hundreds of local seniors who are already receiving Home Care Packages will also benefit from fee reductions of up to $400 a year.
 
“This home care boost is on top of the extra 20,000 packages funded in the past year which, when combined, will result in a record 40 per cent increase in the people receiving home care packages.”
 
Three aged care homes across the electorate of Wide Bay will benefit from an overall 30 per cent increase in the Viability Supplement. 
 
“Petrie Gardens in Tiaro, the Residency in Tin Can Bay and new provider Ny-Ku Byun in Cherbourg will receive additional funding to reduce cost pressures and ensure their sustainability into the future,” Mr O’Brien said.
 
The Coalition Government is also investing $98 million to fund increased payments for GPs to treat patients in local aged care homes.
 
“We recognise the important role local doctors play in supporting the health and care of people in residential care, and this funding will ensure this can continue,” Mr O’Brien said.
 
The Liberal Nationals Government is committed to continuing to improve aged care, to ensure senior Australians receive the care they want and deserve, where and when they need it.

ENDS