Feb 24, 2009

$359,000 boost for respite service in Ashfield

$359,000 boost for respite service in Ashfield


The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

February 24 2009

Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot and Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese today announced more than $350,000 to fund Presbyterian Aged Care in Ashfield.

The funding is to improve and support respite services for carers in the Inner West.

Almost 2.6 million Australians provide care for family members or friends with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition or who are frail and aged. Of these about 500,000 are primary carers – the people who provide the most care.

The $359,495 is part of a $12 million program – over two years which is funded through the National Respite for Carers Program, which is providing $194 million in 2008-09.

“Carers across this nation play an important role in Australian society. They dedicate so much to improve the quality of the lives of our nation’s elderly and for people with disabilities,” Mrs Elliot said.

“Providing respite for carers is important. I welcome this funding and the relief it will provide carers’ in the Inner West” said Anthony Albanese.

The Inner West service will provide in-home and centre based respite to carers of frail older people and people with dementia in the Ashfield and Canada Bay Local Government Areas for up to ten carers each week. Five carers will receive in-home respite for up to 8 hours each per week and five carers will be provided with 5 hours of centre based respite 1 day each week.

“Providing full time care for someone, particularly a loved one, can be very demanding. Respite can allow the carer to go to work for a few hours, go to the shops or socialise with friends,” said Anthony Albanese.

“I am glad to see a local organisation that delivers such vital services being funded in our area. Their services will help meet the needs of individual carers and the people they care for," said Anthony Albanese.