$1.7million to help Hinkler residents live at home for longer

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Elderly and disabled Hinkler residents will get extra support to remain in their home for longer, thanks to a boost in Federal Government funding for six service providers.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt today announced $1.77 million for local Home and Community Care (HACC) programs.

“In Hinkler, where a large portion of the community is retired, we know there is a real need for domestic assistance, social support and transport, and that’s where the majority of funding will go,” Mr Pitt said.

“These services are essential for people who are frail, elderly or disabled to stay safe and well, while remaining connected to their community and in control of their own lives.

“The Australian Government believes that older Australians should have the support and care they need to continue to live at home as long as they choose.

“These local organisations do an amazing job providing meals and helping clients with cleaning, home maintenance, transport and nursing care.”

Anglicare Southern Queensland Community Service Manager, Sue Montgomery said the new funding was welcome and would enable Anglicare to provide services to more aged people and people with disabilities in the Wide Bay Burnett region.

“This funding enables us to enhance our existing support services, and we are looking to introduce new services in the areas of personal care, domestic assistance and social support,” Ms Montgomery said.

The funding is part of a $240 million investment under the Commonwealth Home and Community Care (HACC) program.

Media contact: Larine Statham 0427 653 814

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