Thursday, June 20, 2024

Mount Alexander council commits to aged care

Mount Alexander Shire Councillors have unanimously resolved to continue to provide and expand Council’s aged care services.

Mayor, Rosie Annear said yesteday’s decision followed an extensive review of Council’s aged care services in response to national reform of the aged care sector. 

“During our review, current clients and their families overwhelmingly told us how much they value the aged care services that we offer,” said Mayor Annear. 

“Older residents told us they feel cared for and respected by our staff – and that’s really important to us.”

Council has approximately 50 staff members who deliver aged care services to more than 800 residents in the Shire. These services include personal care, home care, shopping, delivered meals, respite care, social support programs and more.

“We’ve been delivering high-quality aged care services since I was first elected to Council in 1984,” said Councillor Maltby, who also supported the Council resolution.

“Back then, people were telling me how our services helped them to recover from an illness or injury, provided companionship, and supported them to maintain their independence while living at home.

“I’m proud to say that it’s still the same story now. Almost forty years later, people who receive our services are talking about them in the highest regard,” he said.

Councillor Christine Henderson said she was also pleased with the decision.

“Our staff are committed to the job and they look after our older residents really well – those factors contribute to making it an excellent service, and one that people can, and do rely on,” she said.

“For a long time, people have told me how much our aged care services mean to them, so it’s great that we’re in a position to continue to deliver that,” said Cr Henderson.

“There are many reasons for Council to stay in the business of providing aged care services locally,” said Deputy Mayor, Cr Matthew Driscoll, who also supported the Council resolution.

“The shire has an ageing population, which will lead to an increased demand for our services.

“We can also draw on the existing expertise of our staff, who do a magnificent job caring for older people.

“This provides Council with a unique opportunity to become a leader locally in the aged care sector,” said Deputy Mayor, Councillor Driscoll.

Mayor Annear said Commonwealth-funded aged care programs delivered by Council will now transition to the new model of care called the In Home Support Program.

“For current clients, the service is not going to look any different in the short-term,” said Mayor Annear.

“Down the track, we’ll explore delivering extra services as well, and any expansion will be done in a sustainable way and in line with client demand.

“This decision is good news for current clients, Council staff, the organisation, and our ageing population.

“We’re confident and excited about the opportunities that await us, under our plan for aged care services in the shire,” said Mayor Annear.

Council will continue to keep current clients, staff and the local community updated as the transition to the In Home Support Program progresses. Letters have been sent to all clients with more information, and staff information sessions have been held to discuss the decision.

Mayor Annear said Council was committed to continuing to listen to its community on what they need to support them to age well, now and into the future. 

For more information, call Council’s dedicated Home Support Hotline on 5471 1768 (business hours).

For details on Council’s aged care and home support services, visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/Community-and-Wellbeing/Aged-care-and-home-support-services or email info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

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