FEDERAL FUNDING BOOST TO SUPPORT OLDER STIRLING RESIDENTS
Friday, 11 August 2017
Stirling seniors will now have greater access to at-home service options thanks to Federal Government funding of more than $490,000.
The funding has been provided to Stirling Community Care, a program operated by the City of Stirling helping elderly residents live independently in their own homes for longer.
Federal Member for Stirling Michael Keenan today welcomed the new funding as he toured the City of Stirling’s purpose-built kitchen in Balcatta which services the Meals at Home Program.
Mr Keenan said the Food Services Kitchen will receive an additional $57,517 to purchase essential new equipment as part of the new funding measures.
“Stirling Food Services has been delivering home cooked meals to elderly and disabled Stirling residents for more than 37 years,” Mr Keenan said.
“On a daily basis, chefs at the Kitchen prepare and package a significant amount of fresh and nutritious meals which are delivered right to residents’ doors.
“This service is of an incredible value to all residents who use it and I am pleased to be able to provide this funding today to further support the great work of both the staff and volunteers at the facility.”
A total of $493,196 has been provided to the City of Stirling including ongoing funding of $15,488 for Meals at Home; $327,831 for social support, personal care and domestic assistance; and a one-off amount of $149,877 for kitchen equipment, a new transport vehicle, and a feasibility study.
“This funding increase is a direct result of the Coalition Government’s commitment to ensuring that older or disabled people have access to better care options in their own home, along with support services in their local area,” Mr Keenan said.
The funding is part of a $309 million commitment to the Home and Community Care Program (HACC) across Western Australia to build on existing services and deliver new ones.
The Federal Government is contributing $187 million to the Program, with $121 million being provided by the Western Australian Government.