Funding boost for aged care

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
Julie Christensen and Rick Wilson at Karinya Residential Care.
Camera IconJulie Christensen and Rick Wilson at Karinya Residential Care. Credit: Elysia Harverson

Narrogin’s aged care services have received a funding boost from the Federal Government as part of a $500 million package announced in December.

According to Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson, Karinya Residential Care and Residency by Dillons Narrogin, will have its Viability Supplement increased by 30 per cent from March 20.

The supplement, which is a payment to help with the higher costs of delivering aged care services in rural and remote areas, is expected to rise from $77,000 to $100,000, while Dillons Narrogin’s will increase to $43,000 from $33,000.

“The Government is determined to continue improving aged care at every opportunity, to help ensure local senior Australians receive the care they want and deserve, where and when they need it,” Mr Wilson said.

WA Country Health Service also benefits from increased Viability Supplement funding, with an increase of about $27,000 for services provided to Dumbleyung and $45,000 for Lake Grace.

The Government will also ease the cost of living for local seniors receiving home care.

“We understand local people’s preference to receive aged care services in their own homes and to live independently,” Mr Wilson said.

“The home care expansion is on top of the extra 20,000 packages funded in the past year, which combined will result in a record 40 per cent increase in people receiving home care packages.”

The maximum basic daily fees payable for home care in O’Connor 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...to ensure there are no reductions in levels of service,” Mr Wilson said.

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