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Caring community delivers new aged care home in Adelaide.

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Media Release

Ms Julie Bishop MP Minister for Ageing

2 April 2004 JB050/04

Caring community delivers new aged care home in Adelaide

Financially and socially disadvantaged older Adelaide residents will benefit from a new aged care service opened in Brompton today by the Minister for Ageing, Julie Bishop.

The Australian Government provided $800,000 towards the cost of building Ian George Court, which is operated by Anglicare SA Incorporated and which will become home for 40 older Adelaide residents who are homeless or at risk of homelessnes.

“Our aged care facilities are more than just accommodation, they are homes with staff who provide the respect, love and care older South Australians need and deserve,” Ms Bishop said.

“Ian George Court is the result of a cooperative funding effort between the Anglican Archibishop’s Appeal, the Australian Government and the South Australian Government.

“Such cooperation helps to create caring communities and is an example of how the partnership between the Australian Government, aged care providers and local communities, is delivering quality aged care where and when it is needed for older Australians.

“Our ageing population will bring both challenges and opportunities for every individual, family, community, business and all levels of government. People aged 65 and over make up 10.7 per cent of the Australian population and that figure will more than double over the next 40 years. South Australia has the oldest aged profile in Australia, with 14.2 per cent of its population over 65 years of age and 1.5 per cent over 85.

“The Australian Government’s allocation of aged care places targets special needs groups, such as the socially and financially disadvantaged, to help ensure continuing quality care for all older Australians in the Adelaide region,” Ms Bishop said.

As well as the capital grant, the Australian Government is providing recurrent funding of more than $450,000 per year for some of the new places at Ian George Court.

The new service was named after Archbishop Ian George in recognition of his significant contribution in helping disadvantaged people.