MP for Macquarie Louise Markus hosted an aged care forum in Springwood last week with Opposition Minister for Ageing and Mental Health, Senator Connie Fierravanti-Wells.
More than 70 residents at Buckland’s Retirement Village listened to the Coalition’s plan for aged care on Thursday, August 29.
Mrs Markus said the Blue Mountains has a high percentage of ageing citizens “each of whom will have different needs as they head into their next phase of life [and] we need to ensure that these people have the information they require to make choices regarding aged care options.”
The forum comes on the back of the Coalition’s recent announcement that they will help retirees by indexing the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card and provide $200 million towards dementia research.
Senator Fierravanti-Wells said it was clear to her as she travelled around Australia that ageing affects everything from “wellbeing through to palliative care and a whole lot in between.”
“Older Australians around the country have said to me that they are happy to contribute to their care — they just want to make sure they get the care they need, when they need it and how they need it,” she said.
Following on from the forum Mrs Markus and Ms Fierravanti-Wells hosted a roundtable at Buckland’s which was attended by regional industry representatives, including Uniting Care Ageing Springwood and Principal Endeavour.
Buckland’s CEO Liz Roberts hailed the day a success.
“The residents really enjoyed the opportunity to meet with Senator Fierravanti-Wells and Mrs Markus to discuss aged care policy and to hear what the Coalition is bringing to the table,” Ms Roberts said.
“It was a great opportunity for them to engage with issues that directly affect them.”