The City of Fremantle has announced Amana Living has been appointed to take over the City’s home and community care (HACC) services from 1 July.
The City decided late last year to transition out of providing HACC services following major changes to the Commonwealth government’s aged care funding model.
The Fremantle Community Care program currently provides limited HACC social support services like group activities and excursions and taking people to the shops.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the City and Amana Living will work closely together to ensure a seamless transition for Fremantle’s 85 HACC clients.
“Both the City and Amana Living are totally committed to ensuring it will be business as usual for our clients,” Mayor Pettitt said.
“Our existing programs will continue to operate in exactly the same way. The only difference will be that instead of the services being provided by the City of Fremantle they will be provided by Amana Living.
“And, of course, the City of Fremantle will continue to advocate on behalf of our elderly residents and continue to offer a range of other activities and services for seniors.”
Amana Living was established in 1962 and is one of WA’s largest not-for-profit providers of care and services for older people.
As well as HACC services they also operate residential care centres, housing, respite care, transition care and dementia services, spread across 21 sites in Perth, Australind, Kalgoorlie and Albany.
Amana Living was appointed to take over Fremantle’s HACC services by the WA Department of Health following an Expression of Interest process managed by the City.
Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Buckland said Amana Living was delighted to be offering care and support to older people living in Fremantle.
“We’re looking forward to working with the City of Fremantle to ensure a smooth transition for all involved,” Ms Buckland said.
“We’ve had a presence in Fremantle for some time and this is a fantastic opportunity to offer people an even broader range of services to maximise their choice, control and independence in later life.”
The transition to Amana Living will begin with an informal morning tea at the Fremantle Library on Monday, where HACC clients will be able to meet Amana Living staff and ask questions.
City of Fremantle Community Development Manager Beverley Bone said the City will also have Amana Living staff accompany clients on outings and can arrange one-on-one meetings at home with family to discuss individual preferences and care needs.
“The handover won’t be completed until the end of June, so we have a nice lead-in time to ensure everyone is comfortable with the new arrangement,” Mrs Bone said.
“We recommended Amana Living because they run programs six days a week, provide a full range of services and have a fantastic social support program that even includes special interest activities like book club and movie club.
“They’ve recently taken over the HACC services in the City of Wanneroo and managed the process really well, so I’m confident the transition will be very smooth for our clients.”
About Amana Living
Amana Living is one of Western Australia’s largest not-for-profit providers of care, accommodation and support for older people via:
- 13 residential care centres
- 6 respite day clubs
- Home care services
- 17 retirement villages
- 2 transition care centres
Providing quality care in WA for over 50 years.
For more information: www.amanaliving.com.au