Lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion named as new provider

Myrtleford Times - - Letters To The Editor -

ALPINE Health is set to de­liver home care for el­derly and younger peo­ple in the Indigo Shire from July 1.

Early last week the Com­mon­wealth Gov­ern­ment ap­pointed Alpine Health to de­liver home sup­port pro­grams to Indigo residents aged over 65 years be­fore an an­nounce­ment by the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment on Thurs­day to say the or­gan­i­sa­tion would also pro­vide sim­i­lar ser­vices for those un­der 65.

Fol­low­ing Indigo Shire’s de­ci­sion to re­lin­quish com­mu­nity care ser­vices Alpine Health has formed an al­liance with Beech­worth Health Ser­vice and re­la­tion­ships with Yackan­dan­dah Health and Indigo North Health to take on both the State and Com­mon­wealth pro­grams.

The two de­ci­sions will see the lo­cal ser­vice con­tin­ued un­til June 30, 2020 at which time the fu­ture de­liv­ery of the pro­gram will be de­ter­mined.

Alpine Health chief executive of­fi­cer Lyn­don Seys said the ser­vices will be pro­vided un­der the indigo@ home ban­ner.

“We are very pleased to be work­ing in part­ner­ship with Beech­worth Health, Yackan­dan­dah Health, and Indigo North Health to pro­vide com­mu­nity home care ser­vices to Indigo shire residents,” he said.

“Ser­vices for cur­rent Indigo Shire com­mu­nity home care clients will con­tinue with a fo­cus on strength­en­ing client in­de­pen­dence.

“Indigo@home will strive to be a provider of choice for Indigo residents to en­sure that it is well placed to con­tinue sup­port of our lo­cal com­mu­nity be­yond June 2020.”

Indigo Shire mayor Jenny O’Con­nor said now the two coun­cils will work to­gether to im­ple­ment the new ar­range­ments and make the tran­si­tion easy for clients and car­ers.

“From now un­til July 1 we will work with Alpine Health for a seam­less han­dover of ser­vices which will in­clude do­mes­tic as­sis­tance, meals on wheels, and per­sonal care, among oth­ers,” she said.

“Let­ters will be sent to all clients and car­ers about the ap­point­ment of the new provider.

“The lo­cal ser­vice providers and Indigo Shire Coun­cil will work closely to­gether to sup­port the change of ser­vice provider with the com­mu­nity to be con­sulted to help guide this process.”

A re­cruit­ment pro­gram will soon commence to fill the re­quired roles for the ser­vice.

Peo­ple in­ter­ested in sup­port­ing older peo­ple and those re­quir­ing as­sis­tance, and have a flair for pro­vid­ing pos­i­tive cus­tomer ser­vice and flex­i­ble think­ing for meet­ing the needs of in­di­vid­ual peo­ple are en­cour­aged to ap­ply.

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