Council responds to Commonwealth Government reforms to aged care

Published on 13 December 2019

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In response to recent Commonwealth Government reforms of aged care, at the Council meeting on Tuesday 10 December Council made the decision to continue providing home care, personal care and respite care. Current clients will continue receiving services as usual from Mornington Peninsula Shire. 

The Shire is committed to continuing to provide services for existing clients, ensuring continuity of care and workforce stability.

During 2020, Council will be seeking to partner with another organisation to provide home care, personal care and respite care services to new clients only from July 2020, providing a gradual transition to the new aged care system.

Meals on Wheels, Home Maintenance, Community Transport and Positive Ageing Programs will continue to be provided as usual.

Councillor Mayor Sam Hearn said: “This model ensures continuity of care for clients, workforce stability and is the best available option to transfer to the new aged care system with the best possible outcome for older residents.”

The Shire will support older residents to navigate the increasingly complex aged care and disability systems to ensure they are able to access appropriate services.

Mayor Hearn said: “The Shire has listened to our community through extensive and long-term engagement. We are committed to assisting older people access a range of services and programs to reduce isolation and support residents to age well on the Peninsula.”

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