OLDER people in Page will get extra support and care services—such as cleaning, meals, nursing care and transport — to remain living independently at home thanks to a $2.6 million Australian Government investment.
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the funding was part of a $240 million investment under the Commonwealth Home and Community Care (HACC) program.
“This extra funding will help expand existing services or create new ones in identified priority areas of need in Page,” he said.
“In Page, we know there is a real need for domestic assistance, social support, and transport, and that’s where the majority of funding will go.
“These services are essential to older people staying safe and well, and remaining connected to their community and in control of their own lives.”
“The Australian Government believes that older Australians should have the support and care they need to continue to live at home as long as they choose.”
Assistant Minister for Social Services Mitch Fifield said: “The Commonwealth HACC program provides critical basic maintenance, care and support services where most people prefer to receive it—in their own homes and communities.
“We have made sure a large portion of the funding is going towards services that meet each region’s most pressing needs.”
Local groups to receive HACC funding are Integrate Living Australia ($340,700), Catholic Care of the Aged ($1.38 million), Southern Cross Care ($111,300), Grafton District Meals on Wheels ($81,900), Clarence Valley Home Modification and Maintenance Service ($37,200), Red Cross ($33,000), Baptist Community Service ($116,000), Kyogle District Care Connections ($147,750), Mid-Richmond Neighbourhood Centre ($207,700) and the Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust ($210,500)