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Government boosts services to frail older people

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

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Older people in Western Australia will receive better access to assessment services following the expansion of the Commonwealth Government's Aged Care Assessment Program.

This follows an announcement today by the Federal Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services, Peter Staples, that an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) will be established in Broome to provide an assessment service in the Kimberley region.

The establishment of this team will see the completion of a national network of 121 teams providing assessment services to frail older people across the nation.

The teams assess the physical, medical, psychological and social needs of the frail aged and help them access services appropriate to their needs.

"These teams help older people to decide whether or not they need residential care and, if so, whether they need nursing home care or are sufficiently independent to live in a hostel," Mr Staples said.

"If an elderly person does not need residential care, or would prefer to stay at home, the teams can identify services available to help them do so."

Mr Staples said that a wide range of care options were available through the Home and Community Care Program. Services included home help, home nursing, delivered meals, transport and personal care.

Contact: Bruce Barling (06) 289 5405


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