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Record allocation of new aged care places announced.



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RECORD ALLOCATION OF NEW AGED CARE PLACES ANNOUNCED MEDIA RELEASE Thursday, 15 December 2005

After a highly competitive assessment process, Federal Member Don Randall was delighted to announce that three organisations in the Canning electorate received 90 new aged care places worth an estimated $1.9 million.

“I am very pleased that local aged care providers in Canning have responded so enthusiastically to the Government’s decision to make a record number of allocations of new aged care places,” Mr Randall said.

Mr Randall confirmed that “the Government recognises that a growing number of older Australians prefer to remain at home as they age. These new places, in the form of 5,800 Community Aged Care Packages and Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH) packages allocated nationally, provide both high and low level care delivered in a persons home.”

The allocation of places also includes 660 Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia packages that will provide care for people living at home with a diagnosis of dementia that significantly contributes to their high care needs.

More than 5,200 Residential Aged Care Places have also been allocated to Nursing Homes for people living with high care needs.

Dale Cottages Inc, located in Armadale has received 30 places worth $357,870. All 30 places are Community Aged Care Packages.

Brookton Valley Estate located in Kelmscott has received 40 places worth $733,680. All 40 places are Residential Aged Care Packages.

Southern Cross Care - Metro South West, located in Rivervale but facilitating parts of the Canning electorate, received 20 places worth $900,400. All 20 places are EACH Dementia packages.

“I warmly congratulate each organisation as they have clearly demonstrated an understanding of the needs of aged persons and a capacity to meet those needs within our community,” said Mr Randall.

Dale Cottages Inc Chief Executive Officer Trudi Hodges was overjoyed with the news. “This is a fantastic new program of services for Dale Cottages, a whole new direction for our organisation. The Community has told us over and over again that they want our care and support but they also want to stay at home for as long as possible. These packages are a win for the community and a win for Dale Cottages,” said Mrs Hodges

President of Dale Cottages Inc Annette Nicolson praised Mrs Hodges’ efforts during the tender process, adding that “Dale Cottages has been servicing the community for 46 years and this new direction is well deserved”.

Approved providers have two years in which to make these new places fully operational.

They will be required to report to the Department of Health and Ageing on their progress in bringing these places on-line on a quarterly basis and these reports will be closely monitored.

Mr Randall confirmed the Department would have no hesitation in considering the revocation of the allocations if there is any undue or unnecessary delay in making these places operational quickly.