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New program increases at home-care options for older people



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Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services Hon. Peter Staples M.P.

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Parliament House, Canberra Phone (06) 277 7220 Fax (06) 273 4146

9 December 1992 PS445/92 .

NEW PROGRAM INCREASES AT HOME-CARE OPTIONS FOR OLDER PEOPLE

A $2 million Federal Government funding initiative announced today will enable 238 elderly people in New South Wales to receive care while continuing to live at home.

The Federal Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services, Peter Staples, said the Community Aged Care Packages (CACP) were designed to allow frail older people who could otherwise be considered for residential care to remain in their own homes.

"The program will fund home-based care for elderly people so they can continue living in the community, surrounded by friends and family," Mr Staples said.

"This will enable them to maintain their independence in a familiar environment, supported by a level of care appropriate to their needs."

Mr Staples said funding would be provided to 10 organisations in NSW, enabling each to provide care for between 15 and 35 older people in their homes.

The organisations would be spread across the State, including the Sydney metropolitan area, Central Coast, Illawarra region, mid North Coast and South-Western NSW.

According to Mr Staples, 95 of the individually tailored packages would be made available to Aboriginal and ethnic communities.

"The funding is designed to give organisations the flexibility to meet the special needs of all older people, including a familiar cultural environment," he said.

"This can be particularly important for older Aboriginal and ethnic people, where the desire to remain in the community may be especially strong/'

Mr Staples said the CACP program was part of the Federal Government Aged Care Program. The program, which also targeted hostels and nursing homes, had allocated $24 million to NSW for 1992/93.

"Like other Federal programs for older people, CACP is designed to provide a level of care to meet each person's needs," he said.

"it reflects Federal Government policy that care programs for older people should be tailored to suit the individual and not the other way round."

Contact:

Judith Peters (02) 225 8877 C O M M O N W E A L T H

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