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Pat Conaghan MP

Aged care boost for St Agnes’ Care & Lifestyle

Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan has welcomed the allocation of an additional 40 residential dementia care beds for St Agnes’ Care & Lifestyle.

In a further boost to services, Mr Conaghan said a further 21 short-term restorative care places had also been allocated to four providers in the electorate.

He said the allocations were part of a total of $150 million in capital grants allocated following the conclusion of the competitive 2020 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR).

“This substantial investment by the Federal Government has funded 72 infrastructure projects worth, on average, $2.1 million each,” he said.

“The investment reflects the government’s commitment to greater respect, care and dignity for senior Australians no matter where they live.

“Investing in aged care infrastructure means we can improve the quality and safety of residential aged care from the ground up.

“Safe, secure and comfortable residential care homes, designed around the needs of residents, provide the foundation for our five-pillar, five-year aged care reform plan.”

St Agnes’ Care & Lifestyle General Manager, Bronwyn Chalker, said the allocation of this funding is an important step towards the planned development of a Dementia Village at Emmaus on Colonel Barney Drive in Port Macquarie.

“Planning for the development of a purpose-built dementia village has been underway for some time and being allocated these bed licenses is an exciting step towards making it a reality,” Ms Chalker said.

The 40 beds allocated to St Agnes’ Care & Lifestyle includes, four beds for veterans and 16 for financially or socially disadvantaged residents.

Anglican Care Community Care Services was allocated two Short Term Restorative Care places; Annecto Aboriginal STRC four; EACH Port Macquarie Short Term Restorative Care Program five and MyHomecare 10 places.

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