Committing to Meet the Needs of Older People - Mansfield Shire Council Aged Care Review

Friday, 12 February, 2021 - 10:15
Age and Disability

To ensure Aged Care Services can continue to operate sustainably and meet the needs of the growing number of older people in our Shire, Council will be undertaking an Aged Care Services review, from February - August 2021.

Consultants will conduct the review of the aged community support systems including; domestic assistance, personal care, respite care, social support, home maintenance, delivered meals and volunteer transport, which will enable Council to make considered, informed decisions.

Mayor Mark Holcombe said the review is an essential step to ensure we can continue to meet the needs of the people relying on these services, and part of the Federal Government’s National Aged Care Reform.

“The reform will include the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and new competitive service contracts for the delivery of Aged Care Support Services.

“Everywhere that delivers aged and disability services, including Mansfield Shire, will be impacted by the changes coming out of the Federal Government’s National Aged Care Reform and the Royal Commission into Aged Care.

“We expect to see changes in the way Aged Care Services are managed, funded and delivered across Australia,” he said.

Council will host a number sessions in April, where members of the community, aged care clients, staff and volunteers will be invited to provide input and contribute their ideas and experiences.

General Manager Community and Corporate Services, Chris Snook said that in order for the review to be successful, Council requires robust community input. “We need to hear from those currently utilising our Aged Care services, and anyone who is involved in the delivery of them.

“People will be able to share their experiences, and express their needs and expectations of the services. This information will allow us to make informed decisions and get the best possible outcome for our older population.” Mr Snook said.

Further information, and the opportunity to be involved, will be detailed on the ‘Have You Say’ section of Council’s website.

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Last Updated: Tuesday, 2 March, 2021 - 14:50