Senior Territorians living in Lingiari will benefit from a substantial increase in funding for aged care services, with the Australian Government announcing more than 17,000 new care places across the nation worth an estimated $910 million.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, welcomed news seven places had been created locally following a competitive application process conducted by the Department of Health.
“There is a strong demand for aged care in Lingiari and these additional places are essential if our elderly residents are to receive the quality care they deserve,” Senator Scullion said.
“Funding of $219,100 will help expand existing services in priority areas of need, with an additional four home care placements in Community Care Services in Alice Springs and three extra home care placements in Anglicare NT in Nhulunbuy.”
This is the final Aged Cate Approvals Round to include home care places. From February 2017, funding will follow the consumer not the provider, allowing people to choose the care that suits their individual needs.
“Territorians want greater choice and control over the care they receive and the changes to home care we’ve created do exactly that,” Senator Scullion said.