Territory seniors will benefit from an innovative new approach in flexible aged care that will help older residents remain in their own homes for longer.
The Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, AM, has today joined with Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, to welcome 10 Short-Term Restorative Care places allocated to the NT.
“Short-Term Restorative Care increases the care options available in circumstances, for example, where older people would benefit from targeted assistance to recover from a short-term incapacity or injury,” Minister Wyatt said.
“It aims to slow functional decline in older people and improve their health and wellbeing, so they can remain independent for as long as possible and avoid prematurely entering permanent residential aged care.”
Senator Scullion has welcomed the Short-Term Restorative Care place allocations for the Territory.
“Calvary Community Care will work directly with older people on the Tiwi Islands with five places at Calvary’s Mulakunya Flexible Aged Care Service located on Bathurst Island,” Senator Scullion said.
“Calvary will provide older residents with multi-disciplinary care packages of up to eight weeks to help them get back on their feet and improve their quality of life.
“Central Australia hasn’t missed out with the Northern Territory Department of Health allocating five places for eight-week flexible care packages in Alice Springs.
“There is a growing demand for flexible aged care services in the Territory. This investment means that if an older person suffers a fall at home and is approved for Short-Term Restorative Care, their care provider can arrange for physiotherapy with the support of the person’s doctor and other allied health professionals, as well as an assessment of their home to identify potential hazards.”
These new places are part of an initial national allocation of 475 places worth up to $34.7 million per year as part of the 2016−17 Aged Care Approvals Round. Additional residential aged care places and the capital grant components of the 2016–17 Aged Care Approvals Round will be announced at a later date.
Further information about the results of the 2016 Aged Care Approvals Round is available here.