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Elderly Receive $662m Boost For At-Home Care

The federal government will provide a $662 million funding boost to enable the elderly to carry on living in their own homes rather than move into care homes.

The funding to be unveiled by Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt will pay for 10,000 home care packages that provide a range of services including nurses and aids, or personal services such as showering, gardening and meals.

Sunday's announcement comes as the first hearings of the Royal Commission Into Aged Care are set to begin on Monday.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison said looking after the elderly was the government's top priority.

"These places give older Australians the choice about how and where they want to live," he told News Corp Australia.

"Older Australians have worked hard all their life, paid taxes and done their fair share, and they deserve our support."