Shine role for aged ser­vices

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BASSETT

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.