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Aged care places for Central West.



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Sandy Macdonald The Nationals Senator for NSW Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate

Aged Care places for Central West The Central West area will benefit from an additional 30 places announced in the 2004 Aged Care Approvals Round, NSW Senator Sandy Macdonald announced today.

“These 30 places in the Central West, worth more than $624,000 in total have been funded through the Australian Government’s Community Aged Care packages and Extended Aged Care at Home programs,” Senator Macdonald said.

“The places will mean that more services will be able to be delivered to ageing residents in their own home,” he said.

“The Community Aged Care package includes services assisting older Australians with personal care, social support and with activities around the home including cleaning.”

“The Extended Aged Care at Home package allows for more complex nursing care, personal care, social support and home activities.”

Details of the places include;

Community Aged Care Packages

• 8 places to the Orange Community Resource Organisation Inc

• 12 places to the St Catherine’s Aged Care Facility, Bathurst

Extended Aged Care at Home packages

• 10 places for the Catholic Health Care Services for a new service at the St Catherine’s Aged Care Facility, Bathurst.

“I am pleased to see the Australian Government is recognising the increased desire for older Australians to remain in the homes and local community,” Senator Macdonald said.

The Australian Government has allocated more than 55,600 new aged care places since 1996 and is expected to allocate nearly 28,000 new places over the next three years.

Additional information is available at www.ageing.health.gov.au/acar2004/index.htm .

NB. Senator Macdonald will not be available for comment.

Ends……14.01.05

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