Support services boost

Support services in the South West will receive a funding boost of more than $820,000 to provide better care options and help the elderly stay in their homes for longer.

The joint Federal and State Government increase will fund services provided by the Home and Community Care program.

Capecare was among the 11 services in the region to receive funding from the boost, with more than $62,000 for home maintenance and $38,000 for a new car and equipment for gardening and services.

Capecare home care manager Jennifer Richards said the allocated funding would go towards equipment and services to help residents redesign their gardens.

She said Capecare would hire a home and garden maintenance staff member to help consumers develop and implement waterwise garden programs in their yards.

“We will work with the HACC consumers on water quality issues and the promotion of beautiful gardens and healthier waterways,” she said.

“This will be achieved by empowering the consumer to redesign their gardens and to comply with their correct watering days, reviewing types of sprinklers and timers used to water plants and gardens, and the length of time gardens and lawns need to be watered.” Forrest MHR Nola Marino said the funding would extend to support services including nursing, social support, respite care, domestic assistance, and transport.

“We know that older people in the South West prefer to stay in their own homes for as long as possible,” Mrs Marino said.

“The extra funding means that older people, as well as people with disability, will be able to receive the critical care they need while being able to maintain their independence and connection to the South West.” BESS Home and Community Care also received about $56,000 for meals and home and domestic assistance, and more than $32,000 for a replacement car.

Source: Busselton Dunsborough Times.