(3/7/2018) Smooth transition for Fremantle Community Care
Home and Community Care services previously provided by the City of Fremantle have officially transitioned to Amana Living.
The Fremantle Community Care program provided limited HACC social support services like group activities and excursions and taking people to the shops.
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.
Amana Living was appointed to take over Fremantle’s services by the WA Department of Health in April following an Expression of Interest process managed by the City. The service transferred to Amana Living on 1 July.
The City’s community development manager Beverley Bone said they worked closely with Amana Living to ensure a seamless transition for Fremantle’s 85 HACC clients.
“We’ve worked very closely with Amana Living so the transition is as smooth as possible for our clients,” Ms Bone said.
“Everything we’ve been doing with Fremantle Community Care will be exactly replicated with Amana Living.”
The transition to Amana Living included a morning tea where clients could get to know Amana Living staff, one-on-one home visits with clients and their families and a special lunch to farewell Fremantle Community Care.
Fremantle Community Care client Sandra Cockroft said she was very comfortable with the new arrangement.
“We had a meeting at the Town Hall and Amana Living people were there. They filled us in and gave us pamphlets and things to tell us what to expect and that type of thing,” Mrs Cockroft said.
“I’m very happy about it and I’m not nervous about anything. I know some of the elderly they don’t like change but I’m quite excited about it all - it’ll be really good.”
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.
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For more information about HACC services in WA please visit the WA Department of Health’s Home and Community Care website.