Bed push for region

A LACK of suitable aged care beds and facilities is an increasing problem for the South West’s ageing population.

The Federal Government announced on June 1 it would quarantine almost 3300 residential beds for Western Australia, and make 13,500 residential aged care places and 775 short-term restorative care places available nationally.

Forrest MHR Nola Marino said the Federal Government had a “vision” for Australian aged care and would also be providing $60 million in capital grants for aged care developments as part of the 2018-19 ACAR.

“The South West has an ageing population, with many moving to the region to retire,” Mrs Marino said.

“The 2018-19 Budget is guaranteeing the essential health services that Australians rely on, with a $12.4 billion increase in the health budget and a $414.5 billion investment in health, aged care and sport.”

Source: Harvey-Waroona Reporter.