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 in 2017-18 to 151,000 in 2021-22. There’ll be an additional 13,500 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 $18.6 billion now to $23.6 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 and now that we have announced an additional $100 million for the CHSP that will see senior Australians living in Kooyong benefitting from vital services that will keep them in their own home for longer. 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.
While the recently announced Royal Commission into Aged care goes about its critical work, our rigorous policing and reform program will continue at full pace with the new Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, upgraded Aged Care Quality Standards and record levels of funding support for older Australians.
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 23,000 people aged 65 and over in Kooyong, delivers more choices and greater flexibility in your aged care planning.
You can find out more about local services for older Australians in the 2018 Kooyong Seniors’ Guide here.