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An additional $240 million of Home and Community Care (HACC) funding will be made available to ensure older Australians get extra support and care services - such as cleaning, meals, nursing care and transport - to remain living independently at home.
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Assistant Minister for Social Services, Mitch Fifield said the extra money would be shared by 331 new and existing service providers, following a competitive tender process.
“The Commonwealth HACC program provides critical basic maintenance, support and care services where most people prefer to receive them - in their own homes and communities,” Senator Fifield said.
“This support includes personal care, domestic assistance, meals, nursing care, social support and transport, as well as respite services for carers, without which many people wouldn’t be able to remain living independently.
He said these were essential to older people staying safe and well, remaining connected to their community and in control of their lives.
Senator Fifield said that funding had been allocated in a way that helped ensure people had access to the support they needed the most.
“We have made sure that a large portion of the funding is going to services that meet each region’s most pressing needs,” he said.
“The successful tender applicants will provide a variety of services to many locations and people.”
Edition 399, 04 March 2014