Local aged care facilities fearful of looming Federal Govt cuts


After the government cut $1.2 billion in funding, 93 year old Irene Wilkinson (pictured) has a broken leg is unsure of the future of her health care. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
After the government cut $1.2 billion in funding, 93 year old Irene Wilkinson (pictured) has a broken leg is unsure of the future of her health care. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

LOCAL aged care residents and their families are fretting over the Federal Government’s $1.2 billion aged care fund cuts.

From January 1 2017, classifications will change so those with complex health needs will be downgraded to having medium to low care needs, resulting in a reduction from $66 to $16 per day for some to cover chronic health costs.

According to a Department of Health fact sheet, the changes to eligibility requirements would ensure higher funding was better targeted to residents with the highest care needs.

Penny Lee fears for her 93-year-old mother Irene Wilkinson’s health.

Ms Wilkinson, who lives in East Perth’s Catholic Homes’ Archbishop Goody residence, recently broke her leg and now falls into the complex care needs category.

“I feel very angry,” Ms Lee said.

“They have served this country and should be able to enjoy their later years, not be forced to struggle on with a paltry sum to cover their healthcare.”