$546 million to improve home and community care in NSW
More than 210,000 older Australians and people with disabilities living in NSW will receive more help at home, personal and respite care, home modifications, community transport and social support.
This is about the Federal Government working in partnership with State and Territory governments to meet the challenges of the 21st century and our nation’s ageing population.
The funding through the Home and Community Care (HACC) program will provide a range of important services to help older Australians and those with disabilities remain in independent and in their own homes for longer.
The NSW HACC Plan will focus on a comprehensive range of services including expansion of these services to improve:
- Independence at home through domestic assistance, social support, food delivery and respite;
- Access to community transport;
- Availability of centre based day programs; and
- Assessment, case management and counselling, support, information and advocacy.
Federal Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot said the HACC Program is a part of the Australian and NSW Governments’ vision for a world-class community care system that delivers affordable and accessible care for frail older people, younger people with a disability and their carers.
“We are constantly reminded that as people age they want to remain in their own homes and communities.
“Without Home and Community Care services many people would have to move prematurely into residential care,” Elliot said.
NSW Minister for Ageing Paul Lynch said the three year process had allowed NSW to develop a comprehensive plan that would guide future reforms and developments of the HACC Program.
“We will be able to improve access to HACC services so we can better assist the frail aged and people with functional disabilities to live independently in their own homes and communities and enhance their quality of life.
“Extensive consultation has been conducted across the state with clients, carers, service providers and peak organisations before this plan was finalised,” Lynch said.
The HACC Program is a key element of the Australian and NSW Governments’ vision for a world-class community care system delivering quality, affordable and accessible care for frail older people, younger people with a disability and their carers.
The $546 million allocation is a 7.13 per cent increase on last financial year and is the first stage of an inaugural three year plan for NSW.