Member for Groom John McVeigh has welcomed the additional short-term restorative care places announced by the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt AM as part of the record 2018–19 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR).
“Short-term restorative care can be life-changing helping people remain living independently in their own homes for as long as possible and improving their health and wellbeing ” Dr McVeigh said.
“The short-term restorative care plan is designed with and approved by the person receiving the care and can be delivered at home in a residential aged care home or a combination of both.
“I know local seniors in Toowoomba and the Darling Downs want and need flexible services to help them live better and longer lives.
“Short-term restorative care is just that – helping people age well and access care when and where they need it to restore them to independence.”
“In total 775 new short-term restorative care places will be allocated across Australia 350 in 2018–19 with the remaining 425 places to be allocated in 2019-20.
The Australian Government is investing an estimated $58 million each year in these new places. This is on top of the $34.7 million made available by the Liberal National Government for short-term restorative care in 2017–18.
“A total of 10 places have been allocated to services located on the Darling Downs. These places will be available to help senior Australians to participate in activities such as hydrotherapy exercise classes or physiotherapy programs to help maintain their independence and live in their community in the company of
family and friends.”
Information about the 2018−19 ACAR short-term restorative care outcomes including details of the successful approved providers is available at www.agedcare.health.gov.au/2018-19acar.
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