Federal boost for regional aged care homes

Midwest Times
Federal MP Ken Wyatt pictured in his Forrestfield office.
Camera IconFederal MP Ken Wyatt pictured in his Forrestfield office. Credit: The West Australian

The Federal Government has pumped $40 million worth of grants into regional age care homes.

Funding through the Aged Care Regional, Rural and Remote Infrastructure Grants scheme will be provided in early 2019 to enable extensions, refurbishments and improvements to 117 homes across the country.

Aged Care Minster Ken Wyatt said projects funded included new activity and barbecue areas, clinic construction, solar power systems, and security and fire protection improvements.

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“I have been impressed by the significant interest from regional aged care providers and their dedication to supporting senior Australians in the bush,” he said.

“These aged care homes not only provide vital services, they help maintain the economic and social viability of regional centres.”

The sector will receive a further boost of $60 million via the residential aged care capital grants through the Aged Care Approvals Round expected to be announced by April 2019.

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