175 fully subsidised and 65 partially subsidised residents supported to live in residential care
87,600 subsidised residential days provided per year
Funding shortfall: $20,000 per fully subsidised resident per annum
This program aims to provide all older members of the Jewish community, who have limited financial means, with the choice to live with dignity and wellbeing in a residential care setting that supports their cultural and religious identity, while providing the highest standards of accommodation, clinical and allied health care.
Montefiore currently subsidises approximately 240 Jewish residents at its Hunters Hill Campus, to ensure they receive quality accommodation, high standards of clinical and allied health care, and Jewish cultural inclusion that would otherwise be beyond their financial means. Around 175 residents are full pensioners and pay no more than a percentage of their government
pension; while a further 65 residents are part pensioners and also require financial support. The total cost of providing financial support to these residents is in the order of $4 million each year. This is the shortfall between the Government subsidy and fees paid on behalf of these residents, and the actual cost of providing care and support.
Montefiore uses revenue from all its operations to help fund this shortfall. However, in recent years, federal government funding for aged care has declined in real terms, while the care needs of people entering aged care are becoming more acute, including the rising number of people living with dementia. These factors have resulted in an increasing financial burden on the organisation and need for community support to enable Montefiore to continue to provide financial assistance to these residents.
This year, JCA supports the critical need to ensure this subsidy program remains available for the most vulnerable community members.
Your support for this program will ensure that some 240 elderly members of the Jewish community are able to live with choice, dignity, and wellbeing in a residential setting that celebrates their Jewish culture and identity.
One of Sydney’s oldest and largest Jewish communal organisations, Montefiore has served the community for nearly 130 years, driven by its commitment to ensure all our elders are supported to live with choice, dignity and wellbeing. Recognised as a leader in the Australian aged care sector, Montefiore provides residents at its Randwick, Woollahra and Hunters Hill campuses with an award-winning clinical and allied health program as well as quality accommodation and services. The full spectrum of Jewish spiritual and cultural life is integral to its offering, including kosher meals, Shabbat, festival and communal activities and pastoral care, as well as specialised staff training in Holocaust survivor awareness conducted in conjunction with the Sydney Jewish Museum.
David Freeman AM