OLDER people in Evans Head will get extra support and care services—such as cleaning, meals, social support and transport assistance — to remain living independently at home after Federal member for Page Kevin Hogan successfully lobbied his collegues in Canberra.
Mid-Richmond Neighbourhood Centre at Evans Head will receive $207,700 to assist with domestic assistance, social support, Meals on Wheels and transport.
Mr Hogan said the funding was part of a $240 million investment under the Commonwealth Home and Community Care (HACC) program.
“I wanted to make sure we got our fair share of funding under this program,” he said. “The extra funding will help expand existing services or create new ones in identified priority areas of need in Evans Head as well as across 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.”
Mr Hogan visited the Mid-Richmond Neighbourhood Centre today to discuss their plans.
“This service does an amazing job,” he said. “Meals on Wheels volunteers ensure our elderly residents are well nourished and also provide some much needed social interaction.
“Assistance with transport, domestic chores and social support provides the necessary support that allows elderly people to live at home longer, which is exactly what they want.”
Other groups across Page to receive funding include Integrate Living Australia ($340,700), Catholic Care of the Aged ($1.38 million), Southern Cross Care ($111,300), Red Cross ($33,000), Baptist Community Service ($116,000), Kyogle District Care Connections ($147,750), Grafton District Meals on Wheels ($81,900) and Clarence Valley Home Modification and Maintenance Service ($37,200), and the Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust ($210,500)