Residential Aged Care providers across our community will receive an additional $2.4 million to support the care of their residents, Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said.
“This equates to an average additional $1800 per resident, which is great news for older members of our community who are in care and for the dedicated providers who run our local services,” he said.
“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% increase in the subsidy for residents in mainstream residential Aged Care in our community from now until 30 June 2019.
This boost provides additional support to the sector to deliver quality Aged Care services while the Government considers longer-term reform funding options.
“We are absolutely committed to providing older Australians and the Aged Care sector with the support they need to provide quality services,” Mr Hogan said.
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 almost additional $80,000 boost for Aged Care Services in our community,” Mr Hogan said.
The 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.