Grant secured for Esperance Aged Care Facility
Member for O’Connor, Rick Wilson MP, is delighted to announce a $3.1 million capital grant for the Esperance Aged Care Facility today.
The funding will allow for a significant expansion of the facility, including the construction of three new wings and an additional 30 beds for patients.
Of those 30 beds, 10 will be allocated for dementia patients.
The good news comes after an extended campaign to secure more funding for the facility, highlighted by a case which saw an elderly Esperance resident suffering from dementia effectively stranded in the town.
The man was sedated and allowed to stay temporarily at Esperance Hospital but with no available long-term facilities, his family had two options: to take him home, or to drive him to an appropriate service in Perth.
Mr Wilson said the family’s plight gave him strong desire to help the town boost its aged care facilities, and in September 2015 he took then Assistant Minister for Social Services Mitch Fifield on a tour of the centre.
He also met with Assistant Minister for Health Ken Wyatt in November 2015 to strongly endorse the Esperance Aged Care Facility’s application for funding under the Government’s Aged Care Approvals Round.
“I’ve been working hard for some time now to help the Esperance Aged Care Facility secure more funding and this is a great result for the community,” he said.
“The facility is the sole aged care service provider of its kind in a 400km radius and plays a crucial role in Esperance’s ability to care for its elderly residents.
“Facilities like this are extremely important in regional towns, as they allow people to age peacefully in the community they have worked and lived in their entire lives.
“We want to have adequate services in regional towns so families are not faced with the prospect of having their loved ones based in facilities in metropolitan areas hundreds of
Mr Wilson said it was important to note this latest round of ACAR funding, which will see an estimated $910 million distributed nationwide, will be the last to include home care places.
From February 2017, funding will follow the consumer rather than the provider, allowing people to choose the care that suits their individual needs and then direct that funding to the provider.