The federal government has unveiled plans to help older Australians living in New South Wales stay in their homes well into their golden years.
In a joint announcement by federal minister for mental health and ageing Mark Butler and state minister for ageing and disabilities services Andrew Constance last week, the Home and Community Care (HACC) program is set to receive a $35.6 million funding boost.
According to Mr Constance, the funding will deliver an additional 486,263 hours of support to services such as domestic assistance, personal care, social support and respite.
"This funding will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the HACC service system, providing the much needed care and support for people to remain in their own homes and prevent their inappropriate or premature admission into residential aged care," he said (June 1).
More than 290 health organisations are set to benefit, with one of the most notable recipients being Alzheimers Australia NSW, which will receive almost $2 million to implement projects aimed at improving care for people with dementia.
Some older Australians may find private health insurance cover beneficial in assisting with additional costs as they age, offering access to services such a palliative care facilities when eventually the need arises.