Budget to fund massive overhaul of aged care sector
THOUSANDS more aged care places, better mental health treatment for the elderly and a swifter response to "failures" like those uncovered at the Oakden nursing home are promised in a major overhaul of the sector.
Treasurer Scott Morrison has promised elderly Australians will have more choice to "stay home and avoid going into residential aged care" thanks to a $1.6b commitment revealed in the Federal Budget.
It will support 14,000 elderly Australians to receive in-home support.
Standards will also be more closely scrutinised through a $32.6m program to identify risks in nursing homes and "respond more quickly to care failures", Budget papers say.
Another $8.8m will be spent to provide more transparent information on aged care providers.
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