Two new aged care homes with a combined capacity of over 260 are coming to Mandurah, Member for Canning Andrew Hastie has announced today.
The announcement comes as part of the biggest expansion of residential aged care in Australian history, with $967 million being committed by the Morrison Government.
The commitment to Mandurah represents an investment of over $17.5 million per year.
Member for Canning Andrew Hastie said the new places will provide a welcome and much-needed boost to aged care services in the Peel Region.
“This is historic investment for our region - over $17.5 million every year to deliver 264 local residential aged care places for people in Mandurah.”
“The need for more aged care facilities was an issue that regularly popped up during my 2017 town hall meetings. A lot of people would tell me that they grew up in this area, retired in this area and wanted to spend the rest of their life here. The problem was Mandurah just didn’t have the capacity to cater for them.”
"Now, they'll be able to seamlessly transition and stay within their local community, which is great news.”
"If we actually have options for people in the local community it will make that move much smoother and they'll be less anxious around the transition. So, this not only has benefits for people that need the additional assistance of the aged care, there are also mental health benefits as well.”
“People want to know the government listens and takes their concerns seriously. That’s what the Morrison Government is doing. We are listening and delivering.”
"I'm just really excited for our community.”
In Mandurah the Morrison Government is partnering with aged care service providers Signature Care and Opal Aged Care. The providers will build two new aged care facilities and the ongoing cost of servicing residents will be met by the Government.
Opal Aged Care’s facility will provide an additional 120 places on Leisure Way in Halls Head. When complete the site will include a combination of single rooms and companion rooms, all with ensuites. The home will also meet the needs of those requiring high care, dementia specific care and feature communal spaces including café, hairdresser, consulting suite, dining, lounge and audio rooms. There will an 18-place dementia specific care area with a supportive lifestyle program. 20 places will be prioritised for people with limited financial means. Opal Halls Head will also offer 2,190 respite days annually to support older members of the community who live in proximity to the home.
Dawesville Aged Care, to be built by Signature Care, will provide 144 residential places on Bailey Road in Dawesville. The home will offer accommodation cater for all needs including dementia specific services and respite services. The 144 places will be configured as single rooms divided into two wings of 36 places and four dementia specific units of 18 beds each. This will include dedicated capacity for financially disadvantaged residents. Each room will have its own ensuite and an external patio area. Some rooms will include a connecting door to cater for couples. The home will have large dining rooms, lounge rooms, and dayrooms and other recreational areas throughout the home including a community hub and café. There will be a wellness centre, a chapel, meeting rooms, formal dining rooms, hairdresser, doctors consulting room, activity rooms, men’s shed, cooking display, craft rooms and internet & library areas. External areas will be landscaped, have covered entertaining areas and will be secure.
The Morrison Government has committed $907 million a year to provide a record 13,500 new residential aged care places across Australia – plus $60 million capital works investment to finance construction of new and extended aged care homes.
The $967 million expansion is part of our Government’s $5 billion aged care boost and is about giving older Australians more choices for longer and better lives.
It represents an increase of more than 36 per cent on the 9,911 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) places announced in 2016–17.
Under this arrangement annual aged care funding throughout Australia will grow from $18.1 billion to $23.6 billion a year by 2022-23.
It took me three attempts in Question Time this week to ask the Treasurer about a tax that would affect my constituents.
That's because Labor didn't want to hear it.
Under Labor's punitive tax plan, some retirees in Canning will lose up to 30% of their annual income! These are people who have worked hard to secure their financial independence in retirement; who don't want to be reliant on Centrelink.
Retirees have contacted me from every corner of Canning about this issue. I raised the example of Alan, who lives in Greenfields.
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