Home support boost to meet increased aged care demand

People in the Southern and Darling Downs regions can now access more much-needed support at home thanks to an expansion in aged care services by Churches of Christ in Queensland, following its successful bid for additional government funding.

As an existing service provider, Churches of Christ in Queensland identified an increasing local demand for high quality community-based aged care services to support people to live safe and well at home, including people diagnosed with dementia.

Churches of Christ in Queensland was successful in its application to the Commonwealth Home Support Programme 2019-20 Growth Funding Round and can now provide additional home care services.

Available services include home modifications (for example replacing stairs with ramps and adding grab rails), home and garden maintenance, mobility aids (such as walking frames and shower chairs), and cottage respite for when carers need to recharge their batteries.

"The growth funding enables us to better respond to the changing community requirements and individual needs of local residents, and provide high quality care to more people in need of priority support," Debbie Sporer, General Manager - Community Care, said.

"We will be able to extend our existing program, using qualified staff, and also offer dementia-inclusive care services to support older people living with a diagnosis of dementia to continue to remain connected to their local community.

"The expansion also means we can offer increased employment opportunities to local people."

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme helps older people who are assessed as needing assistance with household chores, preparing meals, personal care and home maintenance.

"Our services support people's positive wellbeing throughout their entire life journey. Many of our home care services are integrated with our residential aged care and retirement living services.

"There is a range of support options available for older people living at home and their carers. We can help every step of the way - our team is here to assist seniors in our community to navigate their way through the aged care system."

Posted March 4, 2020 in News