Federal member for Page Kevin Hogan today visited the Casino home of 80-year-old Ellen Mawhirt who has received In-Home Care support from Southern Cross Care that has allowed her to remain in her own home for the last 11 years.
During the visit Mr Hogan announced Federal Government funding to provide 34 new In-Home Care places across Page.
“Many of our elderly like Ellen prefer to stay in their own homes rather than moving into residential Aged Care so I am particularly delighted to have secured almost $1 million to provide 34 new In-Home Care places in Page,” Mr Hogan said.
“These new places puts the wishes of our elderly community first and provides them with flexibility and choice in the services they receive in their own home,” Mr Hogan said.
Southern Cross Care, which currently provides 20 In-Home Care places on the North Coast, will now provide 18 additional places thanks to the new funding, with new service provider Integrated Living Far North Coast providing a further 16 new places.
Southern Cross Care chief executive Paul McMahon said the mission of his organisation, which also operates St Michaels in Casino, was to provide high quality care for older Australians in regional and rural areas.
“We are delighted that Southern Cross Care has been successful in securing additional Home Care Packages for the Far North Coast region,” he said.
“We very much look forward to extending care to a broader number of older people who require a range individualised services to be able to stay in their own environment – their home.”
“Providing Home Care Packages is a central part of our vision to ensure we are actively involved in enabling older Australians to live life to the full regardless of their circumstance.”
Those looking for more information about In-Home Care providers should call 1800 200 422 or visit www.MyAgedCare.com.au