Lower Eyre aged care boosted by Viability Supplement

STAFF: Matthew Flinders Home staff member Jade Partlow sits down with resident Eric White.

STAFF: Matthew Flinders Home staff member Jade Partlow sits down with resident Eric White.

Extra support has been pledged for aged care facilities on Lower Eyre Peninsula thanks to an increase in Viability Supplement funding.

Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey announced on Monday an extra $2.2 million in supplement funding would be injected into aged care facilities across Grey, with about $297,000 to be injected into four facilities on Lower Eyre Peninsula.

Eyre Peninsula Old Folks Home is set to receive nearly $65,000, Matthew Flinders Home will receive about $62,000 with more than $85,000 to go to Country Health SA facilities in Cummins and Tumby Bay.

The Viability Supplement was designed to assist aged care facilities due to the higher costs of providing services in rural, remote and regional areas.

Matthew Flinders Home chief executive officer Mike McKeown said the supplement increase would help the facility maintain staffing levels and increase pay.

“We pride ourselves on the staffing ratios we have,” he said.

Mr McKeown said there had been a focus from the government on rural, regional and remote services for “a little while” which included the offering of infrastructure grants.

Mr Ramsey said he welcomed the extra support for privately owned not-for-profit facilities and state government owned units attached to hospitals across the electorate.

“I have been making the case for some time with (aged care) minister Ken Wyatt on behalf of our regional aged care providers and I am especially pleased he has increased the Viability Supplement by 30 per cent,” he said.

“Our aged care providers in our local towns are extremely important and making sure they have an environment in which they can survive, prosper and reinvest in their facilities is vitally important.”

Altogether the federal increase to the supplement is worth nearly $102 million.