More aged care respite for older Australian with culturally diverse backgrounds

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Ageing Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse communities are set to access more tailored respite care under a new Government support program.

The Morrison Government will fund an additional $9.67 million per year over two years through the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP).

Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Richard Colbeck, said the funding would support culturally and linguistically diverse senior Australians, allowing them to live independently and safely in their own homes and provide respite for carers.

Centre‑based respite services can include group activities to combat isolation and encourage social interaction, group excursions and meals.

To access services, older Australians will need to contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 and arrange for a formal assessment of their care needs.

Carers and family members can take part in the activities or leave the older person in the care of the provider.