Support agencies get cash boost

MORE than $200,000 has come into Home and Community Care services in and around Bundaberg in a much-needed boost for local support agencies, according to Member for Hinkler Paul Neville.

The funding includes $83,091 for Blue Care Bundaberg to provide home help services and nursing care and $24,978 for the Gracie Dixon Respite Centre for two new electric lift chairs and to upgrade kitchen flooring.

Mr Neville said the extra funding would help aged and frail people stay in their own homes longer.

“We know the majority of frail and aged people prefer to keep living in their own homes, and HACC services can provide people with that option while giving them greater independence and personal happiness,” he said.

“This funding will help these organisations provide services which maintain and improve the quality of life for older and disabled Australians, something which we as a society need to strive for.

“Without services such as home help, centre-based day care, meals, transport and home nursing, many local older residents and people with disabilities would have to move into residential care facilities.”



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