Wheatbelt Aged Support & Care Solution
October 31, 2014 at 9:46 AM
On 7 October 2014, the Wheatbelt Aged Support and Care Solutions Report was launched with support from the Hon Mia Davies MLA at the Wheatbelt Health MOU Group Meeting.
It is increasingly being recognised that many older people want to stay in their own homes as long as they can. The launch of the Wheatbelt Aged Support and Care Solutions is significant in identifying ways that we can work together to allow residents to access the care they require and remain in their community of choice for as long as possible.
The Wheatbelt Aged Support and Care Solutions (WASCS) Project was instigated to widen the scope of the Central East Aged Care Alliance study to determine aged care needs in the Central East Wheatbelt. The WASCS project was supported by WA Country Health Service, RfR Southern Inland Health Initiative (SIHI), South West WA Medicare Local and Regional Development Australia Wheatbelt.
Wheatbelt Development Commission CEO Wendy Newman said that the significant contribution of Local Governments across the Region also has to be recognised.
“Without Local Government support the project would have not been able to achieve the crucial community consultation required to deliver a solution that recognises on the importance of place, community life and the focuses on individual needs”, she said.
The Solution identified is based on four key planks that include:
- Creating age friendly communities
- Developing age appropriate housing
- Fostering the delivery of home care
- Support access to residential care
Recommendations from the Report are already resulting in action and investment in the region. The Report was integral in launching the Age Friendly Communities in Small Towns Project which was the recipient of $2.53 million dollars through Royalties for Regions funding.