Funding boost for older residents in Adelaide

Two projects in the Federal electorate of Adelaide working to improve the lives of older Australians have received almost $1 million in funding from the Australian Government’s Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants fund.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said the Australian Government was committed to a strong aged care system to support older Australians.

"This round of the fund has seen the Government invest more than $35 million in 46 projects around Australia," Senator Ruston said.

"Helping Hand Aged Care Inc’s project to improve cognitive and functional capacity in older people in residential aged care with exercise plans prescribed by physiologists has received $504,000. The project will assess the impact of these interventions – particularly with people with dementia or chronic health conditions – and develop and promote this model in the aged care sector.

"St John Ambulance’s Flourishing Life Project, which has received $477,000, aims to empower the lives of older people who are experiencing social isolation and exclusion due to increasing frailty, chronic disease or disability.

"These are great projects and I’m pleased they’ve been recognised. These grants are aimed helping to ensure aged care organisations will be better able to respond to existing and emerging aged care challenges by supporting innovation in the sector.

"More than a million Australians receive aged care services, with about half receiving support at home."

For a full list of successful applicants to this round of the Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants fund, please visit

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