West Wimmera Shire Council to continue aged care services

Published on 17 March 2023

West Wimmera Shire Council will continue to provide essential Commonwealth Home Support Program services.

This decision comes as the Federal Government implements significant changes to the aged care industry, introducing a standardised national and competitive approach to service delivery, and a shift to a model where the consumer controls their own care and how much they are willing to pay for it, including who delivers it, where, and when it is delivered.

In response to the changes, Council discussed ceasing its aged care services at a meeting on Wednesday.

Council decided to continue being the service provider for Commonwealth Support at Home Program services and State Home and Community Care Program for Younger People Services, until at least June 30, 2024.

Council Mayor Tim Meyer said the shire’s senior residents were some of the most important members of our community.

“We believe in the importance of providing them with the support they need to live healthy, independent lives,” he said.

"We are committed to the ongoing delivery of Commonwealth-funded aged care services, which encompass a variety of things that seek to support the participation, independence, and quality of life of our older residents."

Council has committed to providing additional resources that are required in line with new clinical governance compliance obligations.

Council's aged care services include assistance with everyday living activities such as domestic assistance, delivered meals, home maintenance, and support to attend social activities, help with personal care such as showering and getting dressed, and assistance with finding services and support that meets the needs and preferences of older individuals.

Despite the changing aged services landscape, West Wimmera Shire Council has continued to operate and deliver high-quality programs and services while ensuring minimal disruption to clients.

"We understand that these services are essential to our seniors, and we are proud to have been able to provide them with support and care over the years," Cr Meyer said.

"By continuing to run our aged care services, we can ensure that our seniors receive the best possible care and support, and that they can continue to live their lives with dignity and independence."

West Wimmera Shire Council is committed to meeting the needs of its senior residents and will continue to provide these essential services for the foreseeable future.

Residents who require aged care services or support are encouraged to contact the Council to find out more about the services that are available.