Funding supports seniors

FEDERAL Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt last week visited South West residents at a seniors forum at the South West Italian Club where he announced Federal funding of $46.1 million to the national Community Visitors Scheme.

The scheme would support local organisations to recruit volunteers to provide vital friendship and companionship, through regular visits to ageing people receiving Commonwealth-subsidised aged care services.

Mr Wyatt said isolation was not restricted to older people in residential care.

“A recent study found up to 70 per cent of clients receiving aged care in their own homes also experience loneliness,” he said.

“Research shows men over the age of 55 are the most likely to feel the impact of loneliness, especially after divorces, separations, the death of their partner or leaving the workplace.

“With around 1.3 million Australians receiving Commonwealth aged care assistance each year, including 240,000 in residential care, there are so many who could benefit from visitor support.”

Forrest MHR Nola Marino commended the local volunteers who were already providing visitor services.

Source: Bunbury Herald.