$18.5 MILLION BOOST TO HELP 250,000 VICTORIANS LIVE AT HOME

Posted on 12. Apr, 2010 in News

From the Minister for Senior Victorians

Thursday, 08 April 2010

Seniors and people living with a disability in Victoria will receive an extra 225,000 hours of care and support thanks to an $18.5 million funding boost from the Commonwealth and State Governments.

Federal Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot and State Minister for Senior Victorians Lisa Neville today announced the joint funding boost that will enable older Victorians and people living with a disability across the state to continue living at home and remain connected with their local community.

Ms Elliot said that the funding would help many people stay at home rather than move prematurely into residential care.

“This funding will help those who want to remain independent in their own homes and communities, close to friends and family do so for as long as possible,” Ms Elliot said.

“Home and Community Care, (HACC) services provide the practical assistance that many older Australians need to complete day-to-day tasks.

“The program helps seniors, people with a disability and their carers by providing services such as help with home maintenance and modification, transport, meals, personal care and allied health and nursing care.”

Of the $18.5 million the Commonwealth Government contributed $11 million and the State Government $7.5 million.

Ms Neville said through this new funding, Victorians would receive 225,000 extra hours of assistance and support.

In the Clayton Electorate, funding increased by $870,073 representing 1300 additional hours and minor capital works.

“The Brumby Labor Government understands Victorians are concerned about vulnerable members of our community, that is why we are joining with the Commonwealth Government to invest an additional $18.5 million in the HACC program,” Ms Neville said.

“This program is already making a significant difference to the lives of people in our community who need help with everyday living and this boost will fund more than 700 projects across Victoria.

“Vulnerable Victorians will receive an additional 77,000 extra hours of social support, 40,000 more hours of personal care and an additional 40,000 hours of household assistance.

“The HACC funding boost will also provide 10,000 more nursing hours and 22,000 hours of additional support to carers through respite services.”

The funding comes on top of more than $472 million that is already being provided by the Rudd and Brumby Labor Governments through the joint Home and Community Care (HACC) program which provides services to more than 250,000 vulnerable Victorians.

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