Senior Australians in the electorate of Barker will benefit from significant upgrades to a number of local residential aged care homes, thanks to $40 million in grants from the Morrison Government.

The funding will enable extensions, refurbishments and improvements under the Aged Care Regional, Rural and Remote Infrastructure Grants scheme.

Boandik Lodge in Mount Gambier and Naracoorte Home for the Aged will both receive funding under the scheme.

“This funding is part of our Government’s $5 billion aged care funding boost, announced in the 2018-19 Budget, this aged care infrastructure funding is dedicated to improving the quality and accessibility of aged care services in regional, rural and remote Australia,” Mr Pasin said.

Boandik Lodge Inc. with receive $471,210 for its Lake Terrace Property for infrastructure upgrades including hoist installation, fire safety equipment relocation, ceiling repainting, bathroom refurbishment and window replacement.

Naracoorte Home for the Aged will also receive funding of $60,000 for the building of a storage area for clinical equipment.

“Our Government has always had a strong commitment to regional, rural and remote Australia and we understand that local aged care services face challenges their capital city counterparts do not.”

“These upgrades will boost the productivity and sustainability of local aged care services, which play a critical role in our communities.”

Mr Pasin said the aged care sector would receive a further boost through the residential aged care capital grants through the Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) expected to be announced by April 2019.

“Thanks to our strong economic record, our Government has also just announced $101.9 million to lift the annual Viability Supplement paid to eligible regional aged care providers by 30 per cent,” Mr Pasin said.

“I look forward to seeing the benefits of this funding for our aged care services and their senior residents.”

Contact: Charlotte Edmunds  8531 2466