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Minister’s visit brings good news for the elderly

6 February 2019

MercyCare named as provider of 20 more STRC places.

Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt visited MercyCare Maddington Residential Aged Care centre on Thursday, January 31 where he announced an additional 775 Short Term Restorative Care (STRC) places nationwide.

As a current provider of restorative care, we are excited to be able to provide an additional 20 STRC places for older West Australians.

The eight-week program assists seniors to regain physical strength, well-being and independence.

MercyCare Chief Executive Officer Anthony Smith said the aged care team was excited to be able to deliver the STRC program to more people.

“Short term restorative care is a great way to restore and maintain the independence of older individuals and because each program is tailored specifically to the needs of the individual, the outcomes are really meaningful for those who take part.”

A number of people who MercyCare has provided the STRC program to in the past attended a morning tea with the Minister as part of the announcement and spoke about how the seemingly small differences the program made, had a big impact on their everyday life and well-being.

The 20 STRC places will be in addition to the existing 10 places MercyCare currently provides at any one time, meaning the organisation will be able to offer the program to hundreds more elderly people.

We've already seen 90 older West Australians benefit from STRC through the existing program places we offer, and we look forward to being able to make a difference in the everyday lives of more seniors.

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