An Esperance community group will receive an extra $222,296 to extend its service to more elderly people and people with disabilities.
Goldfields-Esperance Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich said the Esperance Home Care program had been allocated the additional Home and Community Care (HACC) funding to help more people maintain their independence.
“Esperance Home Care does a great job supporting elderly people and people with disabilities who want to continue living in their own homes for as long as possible,” Ms Ravlich said.
“They provide domestic assistance, social support, personal, nursing and respite care, transport services, centre-based day care, meals-on-wheels, home maintenance and counselling and information advocacy.
“The Shire of Esperance has an ageing population - so this additional funding will ensure that the demand for more home-based services can be met.”
The Minister said that of the $222,296, an additional $140,400 in annual funding would be provided so that Esperance Home Care could expand its services in a number of key areas, including domestic assistance, social support, transport services and personal care. The extra allocation would take the provider’s annual funding to $980,427.
“A one-off contribution of $81,896 will also be made so that the group can purchase a range of new goods and services, including a Toyota Hilux for gardening staff, a lawn mower and picnic equipment,” Ms Ravlich said.
The extra funding is part of a $13million boost to annual funding for HACC providers across the State.
Western Australia’s total HACC funding for 2007-08 will rise by nine per cent to $166million.
HACC is a jointly funded program, with the State contributing $65.4million and the Commonwealth $101million this year.
Health Minister Jim McGinty said the HACC program could make the difference between frail aged and people with disabilities living at home and their moving prematurely into residential care.
“It’s much better for the individual and the community as a whole if people can be supported to live in their own homes for as long as is possible,” Mr McGinty said.
“WA has an ageing population and it is important that we continue to grow the services that we provide to care for people in their later years, along with people with disabilities.”
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