Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt learned more about a North East vision for community care during a Canberra meeting on Tuesday.
A Yackandandah Health deputation shared the service’s concept of intergenerational care with the minister as well as representatives of the Ministers for Health and Rural Health.
Yackandandah Health chief executive Annette Nuck said Member for Indi Cathy McGowan organised these opportunities.
“Our model is about the elders living in residential aged care mixing with different age groups and different people every day, not as a special activity,” she said.
“Our concern with residential aged care is that although the facilities are built within towns, they are often not part of the town.
“In Yackandandah, we do not need to build a ‘fake’ village, we live in a village. We just need to open the doors and bring the community in.”
Yackandandah Health is building 16 new residential aged care rooms and 10 apartments and also planning a community hub for the whole town.
Tuesday’s meetings aimed to inform the service about federal grant requirements.
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