Home help to boost aged care
A BOOST to home and community care will help ease the burden on Bundaberg’s aged care bed waiting list, according to Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot.
“We understand there is an increasing need for people in the Bundaberg region to have access to aged care services,” Ms Elliot said.
“We have the Home and Community Care (HACC) and community care packages to make sure people can access the right care at the right time.”
According to Ms Elliot, the Rudd government has created 10,000 aged care places across Queensland since it was elected.
But in Bundaberg, at least 120 of those beds have been allocated to proposed aged care homes that do not even exist yet, increasing the strain on existing facilities.
“We understand there are concerns (about beds being allocated but not built),” Ms Elliot said.
“One of our election commitments was providing zero-or-low interest rate loans to help build homes. We also have a capital grant system to ensure that beds are being created.”
Ms Elliot was in Bundaberg yesterday to visit Gracehaven Lutheran Homes Aged Care Services, which recently started a HACC program to help older people remain independent in their own homes.
“Through funding from the Home and Community Care program, two new station wagons worth $70,000 will be added to the service as part of a $240,000 package for the region, which includes funding for more home maintenance, domestic assistance and allied health care services,” Ms Elliot said.
“The vehicles will be used to assist in the provision of home maintenance services such as window cleaning and rail installation, and personal care services like showering, transport and respite.
“People tell me that as they age they want to remain in their own homes and communities, close to their families and friends.
“The services provided by Churches of Christ Community Care are the sort of practical assistance that older people need to allow them to remain in their home and retain their independence,” Ms Elliot said.