Applications open for aged care funding round

Aged care homes in rural, regional and remote areas will be the focus of the federal government’s latest funding round.

Announcing the opening the 2018-19 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) on Sunday, 1 July, Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said the offering of 14,200 new aged care places was 35 per cent  more than the previous round.

Mr Wyatt said improved access to residential aged care in regional, rural and remote areas was aimed at encouraging older people to continue to live in the communities they knew and loved.

“We are offering 13,500 new residential care places, 775 short-term restorative care places and, importantly, a further $60 million in capital grants to encourage more investment in areas of greatest need,” Mr Wyatt said.

“The government is committed to improving access to residential aged care for people living in regional, rural and remote areas.

“To help them continue to live in the communities they know and love, suitable applications targeting these areas will be prioritised.

“With the significant number of residential aged care places on offer, applications from our cities are still encouraged, particularly those looking to address areas of high need and meet the diverse range of care required.”

“Short-term restorative care aims to slow or even reverse functional decline by providing time-limited, re-ablement care with services to help people get back on their feet again,” Mr Wyatt said.

The 2018-19 ACAR application period is open for six weeks, from 2 July until 10 August.

Application forms and guidelines are now available on the Department of Health website.

The nominal allocation of places in the 2018-19 ACAR is:

State or Territory

Residential Care

Short-Term

Restorative Care

Total

NSW

3,349

235

3,584

VIC

1,415

195

1,610

QLD

4,289

165

4,454

WA

3,295

75

3,370

SA

431

43

474

TAS

212

22

234

ACT

360

20

380

NT

149

20

169

 

13,500

775

14,275

 

In another aged care-related announcement this week, Mr Wyatt said the government  will invest $5.5 billion in local services to help around 800,000 older Australians live independently at home for longer.

“This is about giving them as much support and as many options as possible to remain living at home in their communities, close to their families and friends,” Mr Wyatt said.

“The Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) funding complements the recent Federal Budget’s $5 billion aged care boost, including the More Choices For A Longer Life package to give older Australians more certainty, options and independence.”

Mr Wyatt said the CHSP provided basic home support but made a big difference.

“Depending on their needs, people may be eligible to receive help with transport, domestic duties such as house cleaning, personal care, home maintenance and modifications, food preparation and meals on wheels, nursing, social support and respite care,” Mr Wyatt said.

“The program is available for people aged 65 years and over, or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“It also includes support services for prematurely aged people on low incomes who are 50 years or over and are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

“Your home support plan should be reviewed by your service provider every 12 months, to ensure you are receiving services and support that continue to be right for you.”

For details on the types of support services available under the CHSP, see the website.

To access CHSP services, call the My Aged Care contact centre on 1800 200 422.

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