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New respite options for Central Coast

28 October 2013



Minister for Ageing and Disability Services John Ajaka says there are now more respite options for Central Coast residents, with the opening of two new purpose built respite houses.

Mr Ajaka said the new homes, operated by Coastlink, will provide affordable and cost effective respite care for those people who are frail aged or have a disability.

"These houses have been built to cater for overnight, weekend, weekday and short-stay visits, while still remaining connected to the community," Mr Ajaka said.

"Each house has been equipped to offer an individualised level of care, offering a space for parents and carers to also take some time off and have a break."

Member for Wyong Darren Webber said the NSW Government assisted Coastlink in providing services for Central Coast residents, allocating more than $3.7 million of annual funding to the not-for-profit organisation.

"Funding allocated through the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), Ageing, Disability and Home Care goes towards helping Coastlink deliver its Community Participation, Active Ageing, Life Choices and Post School Options programs," Mr Webber said.

"Since July 2012, the NSW Government has ramped up funding for Coastlink through theStronger Together Twoprogram, securing greater funding for localrespite services until 2017.

"The boost in funding means an additional 130 respite packages for CentralCoast residents who are frail aged or have a disability, as well as their carers."

To find out more about the new respite houses and Coastlink services, visit www.coastlink.org.au.

For more information on disability services visit the Department of Family and Community Services website, www.facs.nsw.gov.au.

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