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Government grant makes it possible for frail elderly to live at home (Australian Capital Territory)



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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

7 December 1992 PS435/92

GOVERNMENT GRANT MAKES IT POSSIBLE FOR FRAIL ELDERLY TO LIVE AT HOME

Twelve frail elderly people in the Australian Capital Territory are to receive care in their own homes making it possible for them to continue living there, as a result of Federal Government funding announced today by the Federal Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services, Peter Staples.

Care in the home is funded under the Community Aged Care Packages program designed to allow people to live in their own homes, and still receive the level of care they require, rather than move into a nursing home or hostel.

"Goodwin Retirement Villages will receive recurrent funding of $100,000 per year to enable it to care for 12 elderly people," Mr Staples said.

"Funding of $23.55 per resident per day will make it possible to provide home help and personal care for people in need."

The package is being introduced as part of a national program which will see the introduction of 154 new home care packages across Australia in the current financial year. Funding of $1.3 million per annum will be available to fund the packages.

Mr Staples said the program made it possible for elderly people to live in their own homes, surrounded by friends and relatives, rather than enter residential facilities.

"This program gives frail, elderly people the opportunity to maintain their independence within the community, while receiving the level of care they need to live comfortably," he said.

Contact: Margaret Crawford (06) 274 5120

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