Residential aged care providers across Bonner will receive an additional $1.61 million to support the care of their residents, as Morrison Government investments in aged care totalling $467 million take effect from this month (20 March 2019).
Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta said this equates to an average additional $1800 per resident, which is great news for our seniors in care and for the dedicated providers who run the local services.
“This is an up-front payment to support local providers in the care of their residents over the next 18 months, while the Royal Commission goes about its work.
“It is part of our Government’s record aged care investment, with overall annual funding set to increase by $5 billion over the next four years.”
The extra funds will be paid as a 9.5 per cent increase in the subsidy for residents in mainstream residential aged care in Bonner, from now until 30 June 2019.
This boost provides additional support to the sector to deliver quality aged care services while the Morrison Government considers longer-term reform funding options.
“We are absolutely committed to providing senior Australians and the aged care sector with the support they need to provide quality services,” said Mr Vasta.
On top of the residential care boost, service providers that support senior Australians living in regional areas will share in an additional $101.9 million, as the viability supplement for eligible small, rural and remote residential aged care providers increases by 30 per cent.
Currently, more than 550 services, accounting for around 13,500 residential care places, receive the viability supplement to offset higher care costs in regional areas.
“This will provide an additional $1.61 million boost for Bonner aged care services,” Mr Vasta said.
The Morrison Government is also providing an additional $35.7 million to increase home care supplements for people with moderate to severe levels of cognitive impairment and veterans’ with a mental health condition.
Seniors with a history of, or who are at risk of, homelessness will also receive a 30 per cent boost through a $9.3 million funding injection for providers specialising in services for the homeless.
This will help the more than 1700 residents who are supported through 42 residential services across the country.
“Ensuring senior Australians are supported in their later years is a top priority,” said Mr Vasta.