Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Funding to Help Aged Retain Independence; Modification Scheme Keeping Oldies in Their Own Homes

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Funding to Help Aged Retain Independence; Modification Scheme Keeping Oldies in Their Own Homes

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Byline: CHRIS GARRY chris.garry@qt.com.au

THERE are more than 10,000 elderly citizens in Ipswich who need regular home assistance, and tradesman Peter Hauck has met nearly all of them.

Mr Hauck helps elderly house-bound residents change batteries, fix air-conditioners, install handrails and pretty much anything else they need.

The home-assistance field officer will now be able to help more elderly citizens who wish to remain independent after Federal Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot visited Ipswich to announce $40,000 worth of funding for home modification.

Ms Elliot also met with local members of the National Seniors group to hear their concerns about what her Government was and wasn't providing to the elderly.

Ms Elliot said Australia was fortunate to have such a high percentage of older people.

"I think it is a good thing that we have an ageing population," she said.

"They bring a wealth of experience and wisdom.

"It's important for them to have independence and be able to stay at home, which is why this funding has been allocated. …

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