Australia’s First Home Care Packages

The first Home Care packages for older Australians have been announced by Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Senator Jacinta Collins, as part of more than $500 million in new annual aged care funding.

A total of 5,835 new Home Care packages will provide vital services so Australians can stay in their own homes, while 7,775 new residential aged care places will also be established.

Home Care Packages are specially tailored to older people’s care needs, with services including personal care, house cleaning and home modifications, transport and clinical care.

The 2012-13 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) will also provide aged care homes with $51 million in capital grants while $156 million in zero real interest loans will help them build or upgrade.

Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities and special needs groups will receive significant new capital funding as well as residential places, such as:

  • $11 million and 60 residential places to establish a new aged care home in Melbourne for people from the Indo-Chinese community;
  • $12.5 million and 19 residential places to redevelop and expand an aged care home for Indigenous Australians in Queensland’s Logan River Valley;
  • $3.95 million and 14 residential places for new accommodation at Lionsbrae Hostel in Melbourne for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Senator Jacinta Collins announced the funding while visiting Lionsbrae Hostel in Ringwood East with federal member for Deakin Mike Symon.

“My predecessor Mark Butler did a terrific job in introducing significant aged care reforms under the Living Longer Living Better 10-year plan and I am pleased to continue that important work with this $505 million package,” Minister Collins said.

“The Labor Government is building a better and fairer aged care system so that older Australians can look forward to more certainty and greater choice of care in their later years.

“Labor’s reforms will allow more Australians to remain in their own homes as the Government increases the number of Home Care packages from 60,000 to about 140,000 over the next 10 years. Home Care packages will be provided on a Consumer Directed Care basis, meaning older Australians and their carers will have a greater say in the services they receive as well as how they are delivered.”

Mr Symon said: “I am delighted I could take our new Minister to Lionsbrae Hostel to see how Labor’s investment is transforming lives, and to tour a great facility receiving $4 million and 14 new places.”

For information about the ACAR results visit the ACAR website.