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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 1 Hansard (13 December) . . Page.. 293 ..

It should be noted that these figures only relate to the provision of aged persons units by the public housing program. There are other properties, particularly accessible and modified units that are also suitable for accommodation for the aged in both the public and private housing sectors.

(b) How many people do these units accommodate;

The number of people who are accommodated in these units is difficult to determine as some tenants have been allocated a two bedroom unit to accommodate a part time carer. This carer may not reside in the unit full time.

(c) What is the

(i) waiting list number;

The waiting list for aged persons units includes new applications and transfer


New applications for one bedroom 99

New applications for two bedroom 53

Transfer applications for one bedroom 102

Transfer applications for two bedroom 54

Applicants are able to select the area in which they would prefer to reside, some clients have stated more than one preference:

Belconnen preferred 46

City preferred 91

Gungahlin preferred 35

Tuggeranong preferred 74

Weston Creek preferred 64

Woden preferred 110

(ii) expected wait, for such accommodation.

The average time from registration to allocation

(based on the period 30 June 2001-30 Nov 2001):

Belconnen one bedroom 9. 1 months two bedroom 20.6 months

City one bedroom 7.7 months two bedroom 8.5 months

Gungahlin one bedroom 28.9 months

Tuggeranong one bedroom 4.3 months two bedroom 13.0 months

Weston Creek one bedroom 5.0 months two bedroom 1.0 month

Woden one bedroom 20.8 months two bedroom 0.4 months

The government is continually acquiring suitable accommodation for older people in the ACT. Funds are put aside to allow the purchase of suitable property when it becomes available. The purchase of more property will shorten the waiting time for people who are waiting for accommodation in the area in which it is purchased. The Government makes every effort to accommodate the preferences of older people in this regard.

2. By region, how many (a) public and (b) private (i) nursing home beds and (ii) respite beds are there.

The ACT is not broken up into regions for the purposes of residential aged care. Following the introduction of the Aged Care Act 1997, Nursing Homes and Hostels are now jointly referred to as Residential Aged Care Facilities. A nursing home is now referred to as a High Care Facility and a hostel is now referred to as a Low

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