Regional aged care boost

INVESTMENT: Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey welcomed the extra funding for regional aged care.

INVESTMENT: Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey welcomed the extra funding for regional aged care.

Copperhouse Court will receive an extra $29,000 in federal funding as part of the government’s $2.2 million injection into the electorate through the Viability Supplement.

Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey welcomed the extra support for aged care facilities across the regional areas including the Grey electorate as a boost for older Australians.

“This helps address the regional imbalance in aged care costs,” he said.

“I have been making the case for some time with Minister Ken Wyatt on behalf of our regional aged care providers and I am especially pleased he has increased the Viability Supplement by 30%,” Mr Ramsey said.

“The supplement recognises the cost of delivering aged care outside the capital cities is higher and forty two facilities across the electorate will benefit.”

Mr Ramsey said not only are the privately owned not-for-profit sector receiving the boost, so too are the state government-owned units attached to local hospitals.

“Our aged care providers in our local towns are extremely important and making sure they have an environment in which they can survive, prosper and reinvest in their facilities is vitally important,” he said.

The government’s increase to the Viability Supplement comes at a national cost of $101.9m.