Shine role for aged services
COTTESLOE non-profit aged services provider Shine could end up looking after some of the 87 Fremantle residents whose support stopped when the port city scrapped its own Home and Community Care (HACC) scheme last month.
“It’s a business opportunity for us, and Shine would look at which of its services it could provide for a large number of Fremantle’s clientele,” Shine chairman Andrew Cuthbertson said.
He said “a lot of poverty-related” issues in Fremantle would have to be considered, compared to the tailored services for the over-65s provided by Shine in the western suburbs and as far as Joondalup.
In December, Fremantle Council decided to get rid of its HACC service that provided social support and transport for the elderly, including group activities, excursions and taking people to buy groceries.
An external provider will now take up the role as part of the emerging and more centralised Commonwealth Home Support Program run by the Federal Government.
Mr Cuthbertson said the changes, including the new National Disability Insurance Scheme and Consumer Direct Care, had made many councils consider whether to continue in-house aged services.
Last year, Subiaco Council closed its services, before some of the City’s aged care staff and 184 clients moved to Shine.
HACC referrals finished in Fremantle on January 1, before advertising for expressions of interest for a new social support service start before June 30.
“The changes in the funding model make it very difficult for local governments to offer the same quality of services which larger organisations like Silver Chain and Mercy Care offer,” Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said.