Local organisation named as new provider
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.