New home care providers appointed

The Commonwealth Government has appointed MiCare, mecwacare and Uniting AgeWell to provide home and community care to residents of the town of Casey in response to Commonwealth aged and disabled funding reforms.

Following a review of services which allowed Council to consider the likely impact of these reforms, the priorities of Casey’s older residents and people living with disabilities, and the role Council can play in providing an age-friendly and disabled-friendly city in the future, Council decided to begin the process of transitioning out of these services on fixed dates agreed with the Commonwealth and State Governments.

MiCare and mecwacare will provide in-home services including personal care, domestic assistance, respite care, shopping assistance, social support, home maintenance and modifications to residents living in the northern suburb of Casey from July 1, 2022. Residents living in the south suburb of Casey will be transferred to Uniting AgeWell by September 1, 2022.

Casey Town Trustee Chair 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 quality lifestyle and wellness at Casey for all ages, abilities and means.

“We look forward to working with our new vendors to continue to provide Casey residents with the service they receive and to affirm the values ​​of Victoria’s Age-Friendly Declaration of Victoria. These new provisions will inform Council’s strategy for Casey’s most vulnerable residents to live and age well, when choosing access to elder and disability care services and making informed decisions about how the Council supports them.

“The Town of Casey will continue to provide meal, community and volunteer transportation services through our dedicated volunteer staff. Our volunteers have always provided these services, and they all play a very important role in helping us support the well-being and independence of our clients,” said Ms. Duff.

Andrew Kinnersly, CEO of Uniting AgeWell, said he was very pleased to be able to support the residents of Casey and build on the organization’s commitment to providing exceptional service and a continuum of care to communities in the region.

“Uniting AgeWell’s goal is to help older people live well with choice and peace of mind. We are absolutely committed to ensuring the continuity of services and the quality of care for the elderly who are currently receiving these services through the Council, and to ensuring that they receive the support and care they need to continue live independently and age well in place,” said Kinnersly.

Ms. Petra Neeleman, Executive Director of MiCare added that MiCare was very pleased to further extend its services to the town 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 care and positive aging,” said Ms. Neeleman.

Mecwacare chief executive Michele Lewis said she was delighted with the Commonwealth’s decision to trust the organization to provide vital home care services to the local community.

“Mecwacare has a long history of partnering and supporting seniors and people with disabilities in the Casey community. We are proud of the positive feedback we receive from local residents and their families. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to grow 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 to residents of the northern suburb of Casey and until August 31 to residents of the southern suburb of Casey. The Council will continue to provide services to Home and Community Care Program for Youth (HACC-PP) clients under the age of 65 and under the age of 50 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents, until that state-appointed providers start from October 1, 2022.

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