Living Longer Living Better in Port Noarlunga

Living Longer Living Better in Port Noarlunga

10 May 2013

Federal Minister for Ageing Mark Butler was joined by Federal Member for Kingston Amanda Rishworth today at the Port Noarlunga Arts Centre to discuss the Governments aged care reforms with the local community.

Minister Butler said Labors $3.7 billion Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package provided a comprehensive 10-year plan to reshape aged care and was the biggest investment in the sector in a generation.

Were replacing an aged care system designed a quarter of a century ago which is now ill-equipped to meet the needs of retiring baby boomers and their parents who are living longer and healthier lives, Minister Butler said.

Over 4000 older people told us during community consultations that they wanted more choice and control over the way their services were delivered.

People want services that respond to their individual needs so we are re-orienting the system on a consumer-directed model.

Federal Member for Kingston Amanda Rishworth said the reforms provide a strong focus on helping people to stay in their own home as they age.

Most older Australians would prefer to remain living comfortably in the surroundings and community they know, but they need to access to the support services required to live in their own home.

Im committed to a better deal for local seniors here in the South and these reforms are part of the Labor Governments plans to help improve the lives of older Australians."

Key aspects of the aged care reform package include:
  • Increasing the number of home care places from 60,000 to 100,000.
  • Increase residential aged care places from 191,522 to 221,103.
  • $1.2 billion to increase pay and conditions for aged care workers
  • More funding for dementia care in the aged care network, and more support for services.
  • A single gateway to all aged care services, to make them easier to access and navigate
Information on the Living Longer Living Better package can be found at the Aged Care Australia Website.

For more information contact the Ministers Office on 02 6277 7280