Our Government’s focus on aged care aims to make life easier and better for older Australians living in Kooyong, providing more certainty, more options and more independence.
We are supporting older Australians by increasing the number of home care packages from 87,000 to 153,000 by 2020-21. Around 800,000 older Australians are receiving support services through our record $5.5 billion investment in the Commonwealth Home Support Program over two years to 2020. The plan is to help older people live at home independently, 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 – with the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and a number of other initiatives including the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, a strong and independent organisation 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 website and simple new forms, plus online aged care comparisons. There’ll be new community hubs, with personal care navigators to help vulnerable 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.
The 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.
It demonstrates that putting older Australians first is a top priority – ensuring the people who built this nation receive the protection, support, care and respect they deserve.