Victorian seniors welcome boost to home care

Victorians have welcomed an $18.5 million funding boost which aims to keep elderly and disabled Victorians in home care.

National Seniors Australia has welcomed the news which was announced this week by the Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot and Victorian Minister for Seniors Lisa Neville.

The funding will provide an extra 225,000 hours of care and support through the Home and Community Care (HACC) program.

National Seniors Victorian spokesperson Arnold Bates said older people should be given the choice to age at home.

“We find that many people do not want to go into residential care and instead want to stay at home and have the care come to them,” he said.

“We welcome this announcement by the government and we hope they will continue to fund services to help older Victorians stay at home.”

The HACC program helps seniors, people with a disability and their carers by providing help with home maintenance and modification, transport, meals, personal care and allied health and nursing care.

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