Aged Care services in Wheatbelt, Great Southern to receive much-needed boost

18/3/2016

Aged care services in Albany and Narrogin will improve significantly with the allocation of several new home and residential care packages, according to Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP. 

The 2015 Aged Care Approvals Round has seen licences for residential and aged care places awarded to three different providers in the Wheatbelt and Great Southern at an estimated total value of $499,000.

Mr Wilson said he was particularly pleased with the allocation of three residential beds for dementia patients to Narrogin Cottage Homes’ Karinya Residential Care.

The approval means the Federal Government will partially fund the establishment of a new dementia wing at the facility.

Albany-based Silver Chain Great Southern will receive licences for eight home care places, two of which will be for dementia.

Two additional home care places will be provided to Clarence Estate Homes, also in Albany.

“It is extremely important that Australians are able to retire and stay in the region where they have lived their entire lives and remain close to family and friends,” Mr Wilson said.

“With Australia’s ageing population, demand for quality services in O’Connor will continue to grow and by providing these additional aged care packages, the Government is recognising the needs of the community.

“We must allow our older residents to age with dignity in the regions and provide them with the same support structures available in major cities.”

Narrogin Cottage Homes CEO Julie Christensen said she was ecstatic to learn the centre’s application had been successful, as the expansion was an important part of continuing to provide a comprehensive service to the community.

“It’s important that we’re seeing this ongoing investment in aged care in the regions, both through bed licences and community care packages,” she said.

“It allows us to expand projects we’ve already got in place to address some other needs that we’ve identified through community consultation and existing reports.”

Fact box:

·         3 Residential Care places allocated to Narrogin Cottage Homes (Karinya Residential Care) at an estimated value of $186,000

·         8 Home Care places (Level 3) allocated to Silver Chain Great Southern HCP in Albany at an estimated value of $250,400

·         2 Home Care places (Level 3) allocated to Clarence Estate Homes in Albany at an estimated value of $62,600

·         Total estimated value of approved home care packages across Wheatbelt and Great Southern: $499,000

ENDS

Media contact: Monica O’Shea, 0402 097 455

 

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