The Liberal Government is providing an additional $649 million per year to create 9911 new residential aged care places with Pearce set to benefit.
Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, welcomed the news that two residential aged care facilities will be established in Middle Swan and Alkimos. The facilities will be funded through the 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round and will provide a new aged care service in the area.
“With our rapidly ageing population, the Government is committed to providing a sustainable aged care system that meets that needs of our older Australians,” Mr Porter said.
“There is already a significant supply of residential aged care in Ellenbrook, Guildford and Midland and the need for further residential aged care investment was identified in the Urban Growth Corridor.
“Additionally, as the northern coastal corridor expands there is an identified and increased need in that area for residential aged care places.
“The new aged care facility in Alkimos will have 120 residential care places with places reserved to cater for people with dementia and those that need respite care.
“The new aged care facility in Middle Swan will have 120 residential care places with places reserved to cater for people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
“There are also a number of places allocated in the new Middle Swan facility to focus on the care of our veterans.
“This is an estimated investment of over $15 million to ensure that our older Australians live in the best possible environment in their later years.”
The new residential aged care places follow the announcement of 475 Short-Term Restorative Care places made available through the 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round in February 2017.
These Short-Term Restorative Care places, worth an estimated total expenditure of up to $34.7 million a year, provide flexible aged care options that will help older people remain in their own homes for longer after injury or illness.
“Australians want greater choice and control over the care they receive and these changes do exactly that,” Mr Porter said.
Information about the 2016−17 Aged Care Approvals Round outcomes, including details of the successful approved providers, is available at https://agedcare.health.gov.au/2016-17acar/results.