Published on 19 May 2022
The Commonwealth Government has appointed two new providers to deliver in-home care to Peninsula residents under the Commonwealth Home Support Program.
National Aged Care Reforms introduced by the Commonwealth Government mean the Shire will no longer be a provider of in-home support services from 1 July 2022. These services will instead be delivered by mecwacare and Bolton Clarke (formerly the Royal District Nursing Service).
The services to be delivered by the new providers are for residents aged over 65 and Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander residents aged over 50. The services include:
The Shire has written to all clients of the in-home services asking them to tell us which of the new providers they prefer. Shire staff who currently deliver the services will continue to do so until 30 June.
The Shire will continue to provide Regional Assessment Services, Meals on Wheels and Dial-A-Bus services.
We will also continue to deliver services to our current Home & Community Care Program for Younger People (HACC-PYP) clients who are 64 and under or 49 and under for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents.
Quotes attributable to Mayor Anthony Marsh
“We are working closely with the Commonwealth Government and the new providers to ensure the changeover goes smoothly. Current services will remain in place until the change is complete and we expect there to be minimal disruption to care.”
“I would like to thank all clients of our in-home services for their patience during the move to a new national system of in-home aged care delivery. The Commonwealth Government’s Aged Care Reform is aimed at giving Australians a choice in providers, and easier access to a broad range of services.”
“With a new model of service delivery due to begin nationally in June next year, transitioning to new providers now gives our community the best chance at securing quality service providers under the new model.”