Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson has welcomed five additional short-term restorative care places for the Goldfields region.
The announcement by Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt AM is part of the record 2018–19 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR).
Mr Wilson said short-term restorative care can be life-changing, helping people remain living independently in their own homes for as long as possible and improving their health and wellbeing.
“The short-term restorative care plan is designed with, and approved by, the person receiving the care and can be delivered at home, in a residential aged care home or a combination of both,” Mr Wilson said.
“I know local seniors in the Goldfields want and need flexible services to help them live better and longer lives. Short-term restorative care is just that – helping people age well and access care when and where they need it, to restore them to independence.”
Five places have been allocated to services through Life Without Barriers in the Goldfields. These places will be available to help seniors in the Goldfields region maintain their independence and live in their community.
Life Without Barriers Kalgoorlie operations manager Sheryl Liddicoat was delighted when Mr Wilson advised her of the good news.
“LWB has only recently commenced aged care operations in Kalgoorlie and we’re expecting a big take up of our services,” Ms Liddicoat said.
“These unexpected extra places are fantastic to ensure no waiting lists and adequate service provision to the community.”
In total, 775 new short-term restorative care places will be allocated across Australia, 350 in 2018–19, with the remaining 425 places to be allocated in 2019-20.
The Australian Government is investing an estimated $58 million each year in these new places. This is on top of the $34.7 million made available by the Morrison Government for short-term restorative care in 2017–18.
Additional residential aged care places and capital grant components of the 2018–19 ACAR will be announced by April 2019.
The Morrison Government has invested an extra $1 billion a year in aged care services since 2013 and is continuing its record investment, with increases of more than $5.5 billion over the next four years.