On February 1 the Federal Government announced it would provide $210 million to support the aged care workforce, in recognition of their dedication in continuing to care for older Australians during the COVID pandemic.
The Government will fund a bonus payment of up to $600 to support aged care workers.
The funding covers residential aged care workers and some home care staff.
MercyCare wanted to ensure that all aged care workers were rewarded for their hard work and so will self-fund those home care workers that were not covered by the original bonus criteria, including those working under the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) and Short Term Restorative Care (STRC) program.
“We wanted to ensure all our staff in Community and Home Support were rewarded for the amazing support they have given to our community clients, especially during these trying times. That’s why MercyCare will fund bonuses to Home Care staff not eligible under the Government’s current bonus package,” MercyCare Aged Care Executive Director Phil Martin said.
“Our staff have really stepped up as living with COVID becomes our reality in Western Australia, providing physical and emotional support to seniors who continue to live independently in their own homes.
“These payments are a financial thank you for the important work they do in our community.”