Extra $438,127 for home support across Isaacs

Older Australians, younger people with a disability and their carers in Isaacs, will get extra support to stay in their own home, thanks to a $438,127 funding boost from the Australian Government.

The funding is part of a $703 million joint Australian and Victorian Government commitment to the Home and Community Care Program (HACC) across Victoria, to build on existing services or to deliver new ones.

Candidate for Isaacs, Garry Spencer, said the funding would be spread across 11 HACC services in Isaacs.

“In total an additional $11.6 million funding has been provided for new services in Victoria, which will deliver an extra 200,000 hours of care and support in the home,” Mr Spencer said.

“Some of the new and expanded services being funded across Isaacs, include the Croatian Catholic Welfare Association, Central Bayside Community Health Services, Sinhala Cultural and Community Services Foundation and RUSCARE. They are terrific local services.

“We know that many older people in Isaacs prefer to stay in their own home for as long as possible.

“This funding will give people in Isaacs better aged care options and support services in their area.

“HACC services provide practical assistance, including domestic and personal care, property maintenance, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and respite,” Mr Spencer said.

The HACC Program provides support to more than 300,000 older Victorians, younger people with a disability and their carers.

“This additional funding is providing vital support for many older Australians and younger people with disability, assisting them to maintain their independence and connection to the local community,” Mr Spencer said.