Gold Coast Seniors will receive more support, thanks to a half-billion dollar aged care funding boost by the Liberal National Government, including the release of 10,000 high-level home care packages within weeks.
Local MP Steven Ciobo said the Liberal National Government will also ease cost of living pressures for local seniors receiving home care, by reducing daily maximum fees payable by up to $400 a year.
“We understand the preference of Gold Coast Seniors to receive aged care services in their own homes and to live independently for as long as possible,” Mr Ciobo said.
“That’s why the Liberal National Government is determined to continue improving aged care at every opportunity, to help Gold Coast seniors receive the care they want and deserve, where and when they need it.
“The home care expansion is on top 20,000 extra packages funded in the past year, which combined will result in a record 40 per cent increase in the people receiving home care packages.”
The maximum basic daily fees payable for home care on the Gold Coast will be reduced by $400 a year for Level One packages, $200 a year for Level Two packages and $100 a year for Level Three packages.
“Our Government will top up payments to providers on behalf of Gold Coast seniors, to ensure there are no reductions in levels of service,” Mr Ciobo said.
The $287 million release of additional high-level packages is supported by another important initiative to improve services for senior Australians receiving residential aged care.
“We are investing $98 million to fund increased payments for GPs to treat patients in local aged care homes,” Mr Ciobo said.
“We recognise the important role Gold Coast doctors play in supporting the health of people in residential care.
“We have invested an extra $1 billion a year in aged care services since 2013 and are continuing our record investment, through the 2018-19 Budget’s $5 billion boost over the next four years.
“Even as the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety goes about its important work, our reform agenda will continue at full pace.”