Families face uncertainty over closure of respite home
Mr Ren said the three days each week his son spent at Sunflower were important because the family could not provide homecare “seven days a week, 24 hours a day”.
He said an alternative carer would be difficult to find. “We have to look for other places, but the problem is they all say they don’t have any places,” Mr Ren said.
Long and short term care of the severely intellectual disabled, and those with serious medical conditions, is provided at six homes in Marangaroo, Carabooda and Wanneroo.
A Sunflower spokeswoman said respite users faced an uncertain future with limited options for new accommodation.
Supporters of Sunshine Care Services protested against the pending end of an extended contract at Parliament House on Thursday.
Disability Services Commission (DSC) director general Ron Chalmers said Sunflower’s initial 11-month contract allowed the provider to “prove itself”, but it expired on June 30.
Mr Chalmers said it was not renewed because “serious concerns” were held about the quality of services, based on complaints and an independent review of the organisation’s operations.
In a statement, Sunflower owners Joseph and Katherine Karunarathna said they were not aware of any legal action linked to the contract and rejected the complaints, saying they said were from one employee.
“If the DSC has any further concerns, we request that they raise them with us,” the statement said.
Uncertain future: Shaun Ren and his son Sam, who has been attending Sunflower Care Services for some time.