Member for McMillan, Russell Broadbent’s continued focus on aged care is reaping rewards for older people in McMillan.

The Turnbull Government’s 2018-19 Budget will support older Australians to live longer and be better prepared, healthier, more independent and connected to their communities through the More Choices For a Longer Life package.

The Package gives older Australians more choices and greater flexibility, including:

  • An additional 14,000 high-level home care packages so older Australians can stay in their homes longer if they want to;
  • Allowing pensioners to earn more without reducing their pension;
  • Greater flexibility to use home equity to increase retirement incomes.

“Since the last Budget, the Turnbull Government has delivered an extra 20,000 high-level home care packages, to support people to live at home longer.

“We’re providing 13,500 new residential aged care places and 775 short-term restorative places to be made available where they are most needed, plus $60 million for capital investment.

“We will also invest $40 million to support aged care providers in regional, rural and remote Australia for urgent building and maintenance works,” Mr Broadbent said.

MyAged Care will be improved with an investment of $61.7 million to make it easier to use, along with simplifying the forms required to apply for aged care services, and $7.4 million to trial navigators to assist people to choose the aged care services that suit their needs.

There will also be $32.8 million towards improving palliative care for older Australians living in residential aged care, filling current gaps in support services, $5.3 million for innovations in managing dementia, and $102.5 million for mental health programs for older Australians.

Mr Broadbent said that people over 65 will be assisted to undertake more physical activity, with locally-based sporting organisations receiving grants totalling $22.9 million to deliver new programs for older Australians.

“The Turnbull Government’s Budget delivers measures to boost living standards and expand retirement income options to give retirees confidence in their financial security,” Mr Broadbent said.