Living longer, living better in Bendigo

Federal Labor Candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, joined Federal Minister for Ageing today in Bendigo to report back to the community on the Government’s $3.7 billion aged care reforms.

"I know from talking to Bendigo families that caring for our older Australians is a key concern for our community. Bendigo has a caring and compassionate community that looks out for each other.”

Ms Chesters said Labor’s Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package provided a comprehensive 10-year plan to reshape aged care and was the biggest investment in the sector in a generation.

“We’re replacing an aged care system designed a quarter of a century ago and which is now ill-equipped to meet the needs of retiring baby boomers and their parents who are living longer and healthier lives,” Ms Chesters said.

“People want services that respond to their individual needs so we are re-orienting the system on a consumer-directed model.”

Ms Chesters said the $3.7 billion reforms provide a strong focus on helping people to stay in their own home as they get older.

“People want to be able to live in their own home and get the support services they need to continue having a meaningful, interactive life in our community.”

“The Living Longer, Living Better package is all part of the Labor Government’s commitment to improving the life of older Australians.

Key aspects of the aged care reform package include:

• Increasing residential aged care places from 191,522 to 221,103.
• Funding of $1.2 billion to improve the aged care workforce through a Workforce Compact.
• More funding for dementia care in the aged care network, and more support for services.
• A single gateway to all aged care services, to make them easier to access and navigate.

Information on the Living Longer Living Better package can be found at www.agedcareaustralia.gov.au.