New vehicles for QLD elderly organisations

A new fleet of cars, buses and people movers are destined for local home and community care organisations across Queensland.

 

"These funds [$6.5 million] are important. Without support to get out and about in their local community, many elderly people and people with a disability could end up in residential care instead of in their own home," Minister for Disability Services, Curtis Pitt said.

 

"With the new people movers, buses and 4WDs they'll have the support they need to venture out and about, whether it's for shopping, banking or outings to a day centre to catch up with friends," Mr Pitt said.

 

"It means they can continue to stay in their home and continue to play an active role in their local community," he said.

 

More than $1 million has been set aside for 11 community care organisations in the far north.

 

"Our local community care workers are the salt of the earth. They're helping to make life that little bit easier for elderly people and people with a disability and for that we owe them a debt of gratitude," Mr Pitt said.

 

The new vehicles have been funded under the Home and Community Care program, a joint Federal and State Government program that provides support for elderly people and people with a disability to remain living at home.

 

14 April 2011.