More older residents in Mayo and across Australia will be able to live at home independently following the release of 10,000 high-level home care packages in the next few weeks.
Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer said seniors receiving home care would also benefit from a reduction in daily maximum fees payable by up to $400 a year.
“Mayo has a relatively high proportion of seniors living independently and this announcement by the Australian Government will give them confidence,” Ms Downer said.
“This $287 million expansion of home care is on top of the additional 20,000 packages funded in the past year. Together they will result in a 40% increase in people receiving home care packages.”
Ms Downer said the maximum basic daily fees payable for home care in Mayo would also be reduced.
“Part of assisting seniors to remain at home for longer is ensuring home care packages are affordable,” she said. “Maximum basic daily fees for home care will fall by $400 a year for Level One packages, $200 for Level Two and $100 for Level Three.
“The Australian Government is also investing $98 million to fund increased payments for GPs to treat patients in residential aged care, and $102 million to increase the Viability Supplement for eligible residential aged care providers.
“Mayo is a real winner in this respect given the high proportion of people living in aged care facilities, with some communities experiencing growing demand for residential aged care beds. The Viability Supplement offsets higher care costs in regional areas like Mayo.”
Ms Downer welcomed the Government’s increasing investment in aged care but said more needed to be done.
“Australians are living longer and the proportion of older people in our population continues to rise,” she said. “Providing the support and services needed by our ageing population is something we need to plan for. We need governments to stay focused on ensuring aged care is effective, compassionate and affordable, and also on strong economic growth to make sure our nation can pay for it.”