Ken Wyatt says residents living independently will benefit from additional home and community care funding

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PEOPLE in the eastern areas who want to continue living independently are expected to benefit from $2.1 million in additional funding to the State’s home and community care (HACC) program.

Federal Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said the funding would help deliver new services through organisations supporting people who are frail, aged or had a disability, and their carers.

“This will help extend nursing, social support, respite care, domestic assistance and transport for local residents, many of whom without these services would not be able to continue to live at home,” he said.

The aim is to enable more people to retain their independence and connection to their communities.

“Almost all of us want to live in our own homes as long as possible and supporting people to have that choice is a top priority,” Mr Wyatt said.

He visited Forrestfield’s Peter Anderson Centre on Friday, where local support had been boosted by more than $460,000 in extra funding for Rise Network, local service funding for Alzheimer’s Australia and the Volunteer Task Force.

“Rise is now running many interesting activities at the centre, which has become an important community hub for our older residents,” he said.

“The sort of community-based support provided by Rise is vital and the non-|government sector plays a key role in developing and providing these services.”

Rise supports almost 3600 people, including more than 2800 aged care clients.

More than 74,000 people rely on home care services in WA.

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