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More help at home for South Aussies

Older South Australians living at home may benefit as a result of more funds for care and support services.
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South Australian not for profit aged and community care provider, Resthaven, will receive about $1.2 million extra per year in Commonwealth Home and Community Care (HACC) funding, with the provider expecting to offer new services to more than 300 people.

The HACC program provides critical low level home maintenance, support and care services for older people living in their own homes and communities.

This support includes personal care, domestic assistance, meals, nursing care, social support and transport, as well as respite services for carers of older Australians—without which many people wouldn’t be able to remain living independently.

The funds have been allocated for low level in home services to be delivered in rural areas, including Murray Bridge, Strathalbyn, Mt Barker, the Riverland and the Limestone Coast, as well as in the Adelaide metropolitan area.

Sue McKechnie, Resthaven executive manager of community services, said it was “an exciting time in aged care”.

“We are working closely with our clients so that they have the flexibility and choice they want and need,” she said.

Established in 1935, Resthaven Incorporated is a not for profit aged care community service of the Uniting Church, respected for the delivery of high quality, responsive care services for older South Australians and their carers.   

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