Government to help seniors live at home longer
THE Australian Government is helping seniors stay in their home for longer after announcing a $15 million boost to support independent living.
Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt said the commitment would offer "greater certainty, more options and more independence for senior Australians".
It will also help Commonwealth Home Support Programs (CHSP) deliver better services to their customers.
"This $15 million is a significant increase to help meet the growing demand for home-based services," Minister Wyatt said.
"This means many more people will be able to live safely at home, secure in the knowledge they can remain in the communities they know and love for as long as possible.
"We know senior Australians want as many choices as possible to keep them at home in a secure environment that supports healthy living, especially if they are recovering from surgery or injury."
Approximately 1,600 providers deliver the CHSP to around 800,000 senior Australians across the country, delivering services such as domestic assistance, meals, transport, home maintenance, nursing and respite care, physiotherapy, podiatry and speech pathology.
It also includes services for prematurely aged people on low incomes who are 50 years or over and are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
"The CHSP delivers high-quality services tailored to individual circumstances, with a focus on maintaining wellness and supporting rehabilitation," Minister Wyatt said.
Minister Wyatt said the $15 million commitment continues the government's record $5 billion rollout for aged care in Australia.