Mornington Peninsula Shire has announced the appointment of two new providers to deliver in-home care to Peninsula residents under the Commonwealth Home Support Program. The Shire said national aged care reforms introduced by the Federal Government meant that from July 1 the Shire would no longer be a provider of in-home support services which would instead be delivered by Mecwacare and Bolton Clarke – formerly the Royal District Nursing Service.
The services are for residents aged over 65 and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents aged over 50 and include domestic assistance, personal care, shopping assistance, respite care, and home maintenance. The Shire will continue to provide regional assessment services, Meals on Wheels and Dial-A-Bus services, as well as services to clients of its home and community care program for younger people aged 64 and under, or 49 and under for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents.
“We are working closely with the Commonwealth Government and the new providers to ensure the changeover goes smoothly,” said Mayor Anthony Marsh. “Current services will remain in place until the change is complete and we expect there to be minimal disruption to care. The Commonwealth Government’s aged care reform is aimed at giving Australians a choice in providers and easier access to a broad range of services. With a new model of service delivery due to begin nationally in June next year, transitioning to new providers now gives our community the best chance at securing quality service providers under the new model.”