New home carers appointed

The Commonwealth Government has appointed MiCare, Mecwacare and Uniting AgeWell to provide home and local care to the city’s Casey residents in response to Commonwealth’s funding reforms for the elderly and disabled.

Following a review of services, which enabled the Council to examine the likely impact of these reforms, the priorities for Casey’s elderly residents and those living with disabilities, and the role the Council can play in providing an age- and disability-friendly city in the future. , The Council decided to begin the transition process from these services on set dates agreed with the Commonwealth and State Governments.

From July 1, 2022, MiCare and mecwacare will provide In-Home Services consisting of personal care, housekeeping, respite, shopping assistance, social assistance, home maintenance and alterations to residents living in the northern suburbs of Casey. suburbs to Casey will be transferred to Uniting AgeWell by September 1, 2022.

City of Casey Chairman of the Board, Noelene Duff PSM welcomed the appointment of these providers, who will continue to provide care to vulnerable residents as part of the Council’s long-term strategy to improve access to viability and well-being in Casey for all ages, abilities and means.

“We look forward to working with our new providers to continue to provide Casey residents with the service they have received and reaffirm the values ​​of Victoria’s age-friendly Victoria Declaration. These new arrangements will inform the Council’s strategy for Casey’s most vulnerable residents. to live and age well when they choose access to care for the elderly and disabled and make informed decisions about how the Council supports them.

“Casey City will continue to provide meals, community transportation and volunteer transportation services through our dedicated volunteer workforce. Our volunteers have always provided these services, and they all play a very important role in helping us support our customers’ well-being and independence.” said Mrs. Duff.

Uniting AgeWell CEO Andrew Kinnersly said they were very pleased to be able to support the residents of Casey and build on the organization’s commitment to providing unique service and a continuum of care to communities across the region.

“Uniting AgeWell’s focus is on helping older people live well with choices and peace of mind. We are absolutely committed to providing service continuity and quality of care to the seniors currently receiving these services through the Council, and ensuring that they receive the support and care they need to continue to live independently and age well. at home, ”said Mr. Kinnersly.

Petra Neeleman, CEO of MiCare added that MiCare was very pleased to further expand the services to the city of Casey.

“MiCare supports many seniors in their homes and believes that the relationship with their home caregiver is one of the most important and fundamental aspects of quality of care and positive aging,” Neeleman said.

Mecwacare CEO Michele Lewis said she was pleased with the Commonwealth’s decision to put their trust in the organization to provide vital home care services to the local community.

“Mecwacare has a long experience of working with and supporting older people and people living with disabilities in the Casey community. We are proud of the positive feedback we receive from local residents and their families. I am delighted to have the opportunity to expand our relationship with and support of the Casey community, ”said Ms. Lewis.

Current home service customers have been contacted about their new providers. Council staff currently providing the services will continue to do so until June 30 for residents living in the northern suburbs of Casey and until August 31 for residents living in the southern suburbs of Casey. The Council will continue to provide services to the Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACC-PYP) clients under 65 and under 50, for residents of the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islander, until state-designated providers begin from October 1, 2022 .

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