The Coalition Government’s new More Choice For A Longer Life package is part of our $5 billion aged care Budget boost – making life easier and better for older Australians living in Kooyong, providing more certainty, more options and more independence.
We’re delivering an extra 20,000 high-level home care packages right now – with an overall rise in home care places from 87,000 to 151,000.
There’ll be more than 14,000 extra residential aged care places allocated this year, too, and a record increase in mental health and loneliness support for older Australians.
Funding grows from $18 billion now to $23 billion by 2022 – every year, home care packages are up, residential care places are up, and aged care investment is up.
Around 800,000 older Australians are receiving support services through our record $5.5 billion investment in the Commonwealth Home Support Program.
The plan is to help people live at home for as long as they want, so they can have fulfilling and rewarding lives, and stay better connected with their families, friends and communities.
People can have confidence in aged care and the protection of their loved ones – a new Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission will create an independent, tough cop on the beat to ensure our treasured older Australians receive the best possible care.
And finding the right aged care will be easier, with a major revamp of the My Aged Care system, and simple new forms, plus online aged care comparisons.
There’ll be new community hubs, with personal care navigators to help people choose the aged care services that are right for them.
We have also committed over $100 million to enhance mental health services for older Australians and to tackle social isolation and loneliness. A further $46.1 million investment in the Community Visitors Scheme will support local organisations to provide vital companionship through regular visits to older Australians.
Putting older Australians first is a top priority – ensuring the people who built this nation receive the protection, support, care and respect they deserve.
The Coalition Government’s focus on older Australians, including more than 23,800 people aged 65 and over in Kooyong, delivers more choices and greater flexibility in your aged care planning.
You can find the Seniors’ Guide 2018 here.