Com­mu­nity sup­port ser­vice to con­tinue

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Dannevirke - By STEVE CARLE

A home and com­mu­nity sup­port will con­tinue ser­vice in Tararua after chang­ing own­er­ship. Lavender Blue Nurs­ing and Home Care Agency will be pur­chas­ing Angli­can Care Wa­iapu (ACW’s) Care­force ser­vice in Dan­nevirke fol­low­ing Lavender Blue’s suc­cess­ful bid to pro­vide Home and Com­mu­nity Sup­port Ser­vices for the Mid-Cen­tral Dis­trict Health Board.

In Jan­uary, ACW an­nounced that it would not be ten­der­ing to con­tinue to pro­vide home and com­mu­nity sup­port ser­vices in Tararua, cit­ing a pro­hib­i­tive cost struc­ture for small play­ers. Care­force is ACW’s only home­based care ser­vice for the elderly.

ACW have yet to fi­nalise the de­tails of when it will be hand­ing over the ser­vice. There will be no changes to the ser­vices pro­vided.

Care­force has a strong link with Rev­erend Jo Crosse and the Angli­can Parish of St John the Bap­tist in Dan­nevirke. Rev­erend Jo pro­vides pas­toral care and sup­port to both staff and clients, as re­quired.

“We are thrilled that Lavender Care was suc­cess­ful in the ten­der,” ACW CEO Lucy Laiti­nen says. “It was im­por­tant to us that we found a buyer who shares our val­ues and com­mit­ment to the com­mu­nity. We are con­fi­dent that Lavender Blue will re­tain the high stan­dards of care Care­force is known for and keep a link with the Angli­can Parish of St John the Bap­tist.

“We are proud of the 19 years that Care­force has served the com­mu­nity un­der ACW and pleased that the ser­vice will con­tinue.

“We re­main com­mit­ted to the Tararua com­mu­nity through the Elske Cen­tre and Tararua Fam­ily Ser­vices.

“We wish Lavender Blue, our staff, and clients all the very best. We will be do­ing our ut­most to en­sure a smooth tran­si­tion for our clients and staff along with Lavender Blue.”

Lavender Blue was es­tab­lished in 1997 and based in Palmer­ston North. Owned and run by Melissa Loumachi, it cur­rently has con­tracts with Mid-Cen­tral DHB, the Min­istry of Health and ACC.

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