Dec 10, 2010

New aged care places for the Inner West

The Inner West will have a total of 50 new aged care places thanks to funding of over $1.1 million announced today by Labor Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese.

The extra places are split across four local providers: Catholic Community Services in Stanmore, Co.As.It in Leichhardt, the Maronite Sisters of the Holy Family Village in Marrickville and Uniting Care in Lilyfield.

Most of the places in the Inner West will be Community Aged Care Packages which provide assistance for people who want to stay in their own homes and are capable of doing so with help from specialist care providers.

“Many older people prefer to receive care in their own homes,” said Mr Albanese, “So it’s good news the Government has provided this additional funding.

Mr Albanese said the Gillard Labor Government has made it clear that aged care reform is a priority for this term of government.

“That is why we have asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a comprehensive inquiry into aged care to develop options for further structural reform of the aged care system,” he said.

More information on the aged care funding can be found at http://www.health.gov.au/acar2009-10 and on the Productivity Commission enquiry at http://www.pc.gov.au/projects/inquiry/aged-care.