- $13.67 million in grants to improve access to aged care in regional WA
- Grants provided in Great Southern, South-West, Wheatbelt, and Mid West regions
- Part of the $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative, made possible by Royalties for Regions
Twelve organisations across regional Western Australia have been provided one-off grants that will assist older people living in regional areas to remain independent, involved and contributing members in their communities.
The grants, worth more than $13 million, are part of the Southern Inland Health Initiative and made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program.
Health Minister John Day said eligible organisations had been invited to apply for one-off grants as part of a competitive process.
"The successful applicants were able to demonstrate they could enhance facilities and services that would help regional people stay in their communities as they age," Mr Day said.
"There is a global focus on keeping older people well, functionally independent and living in their homes and communities for longer, as well as improving the quality of dementia care. This approach benefits the person, their family and friends and the community at large is richer for having older people functioning in the community.
"Aged care reforms focusing on supporting age-friendly communities and age-appropriate accommodation where people feel supported, safe and secure are transforming the way health and aged care services are delivered in regional WA."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said collaboration and investment in age-appropriate health services was fundamental to the ongoing growth of regional WA.
"The innovative projects being delivered through these grants will provide a level of surety to the senior members of our regional communities as their needs change," Mr Redman said.
"Enabling ageing community members to remain in their community or home as long as possible is an important investment for Royalties for Regions."
- The WA Country Health Service supports the concept of ageing in place, which makes it easier for older people to stay socially and physically connected with their community
- The $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative is the State's single biggest investment in regional health care
- For more information, visit http://www.health.wa.gov.au/southerninland
- Find out how Royalties for Regions is transforming your regional community at RfRmap.drd.wa.gov.au
Health Minister's office - 6552 6200
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Building Capacity to Support Ageing in the Community Projects
Kojonup Health Precinct - Aged Housing Adaptability Refurbishment, Age-Appropriate Accommodation and Springhaven Frail Aged Hostel Renovations and Alterations, Kojonup
Funding of $1.536 million will contribute towards adapting existing units, improve amenities of the 22-bed residential care facility and the construction of
age-appropriate accommodation to improve the quality of life of elderly residents.
A.L.I.V.E Project - Age, Live, be Involved and Vibrantly Engaged, Manjimup
Funding of $300,000 will contribute towards developing tools to enable an age-friendly ethos and community to support people to age in place.
Age-Appropriate Accommodation, Mingenew
Funding of $435,000 will go towards the construction of age-appropriate accommodation, including universal and dementia enabling designs to allow people to age in place.
Age Appropriate Accommodation Stage 2, Boddington
Funding of $3.08 million will contribute towards the expansion of the retirement village with the design and construction of age-appropriate accommodation to enable ageing in place.
Developing Dementia Enabling Physical Environments and Specialist Approaches in Regional Residential Care Facilities, Wheatbelt and South-West
Funding of $1.206 million will contribute towards to the development of dementia specialist care environments to improve quality of life and care outcomes for people living with dementia.
Development of a Platform and Eco System to support Independence, Southern Inland
Funding of $500,000 will contribute towards the development of home automation to support individuals to maintain an independent living status with improved levels of safety.
Juniper Disability Accessible Transport, Katanning
Funding of $150,000 will contribute towards the purchase of a disability accessible transport bus to enable safer transport of residents to appointments and access to community activities.
Karinya Well Aged Upgrade and Extension, Narrogin
Funding of $3.019 million will contribute towards the upgrade and expansion of Narrogin Cottage Homes. This will include improved safety and security for residents and purpose-built bariatric and palliative care suites.
Manjimup Wellness and Respite Community Centre, Manjimup
Funding of $100,123 will contribute towards the internal completion of the Wellness and Respite Community Centre's Dementia and Respite Wing to provide a comprehensive service.
Pioneer Lodge Age Appropriate Accommodation and Extension, Northampton
Funding of $775,000 will contribute towards the expansion of the age-appropriate accommodation to enable people to remain within their communities.
Turquoise Coast - Respite Solutions - 24/7, Jurien Bay and surrounds
Funding of $2.564 million will contribute towards the upgrade of a day centre and overnight respite lodge to enable the delivery of a 24/7 respite service.
Workforce Investment, Katanning and Kojonup
Funding of $11,200 will contribute towards the training and upskilling of residential care staff to enhance the delivery of care to end of life and dementia care patients.
Implementation of the projects is about to start, with most to be completed by the end of 2017.