Fam­i­lies face un­cer­tainty over clo­sure of respite home

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

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