Aged care services face transition in Alexandrina

Alexandrina's Mayor Keith Parkes and CEO Glenn Rappensberg have discussed upcoming changes to the region's aged care services.
Alexandrina's Mayor Keith Parkes and CEO Glenn Rappensberg have discussed upcoming changes to the region's aged care services.

The delivery of aged care services is set to be transitioned in the Alexandrina district, following changes to the federal government's Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP).

This service currently funds support for eligible residents for minor home modifications, home maintenance/gardening, transport, social support and domestic assistance.

Reforms announced by the federal government will now change the way aged care services are funded, structured and managed.

Since the announcement, the Alexandrina Council has examined the potential impacts of these changes to determine the best way forward for the community.

As a result, current CHSP services provided by the council will cease on June 30, 2021.

This will pave the way for the council to transition to new providers. In the meantime, all current 'Community Connect' services will continue, with social support services to redeploy in July 2021 in a revised format.

Alexandrina's Chief Executive Officer, Glenn Rappensberg said services available to the Alexandrina region would not be reduced.

"It is important to note that this transition will not result in any net loss of service provision however what will change will be the provider," Mr Rappensberg said.

"Our aged and disability services provide significant support to our community and we know the service is highly valued. There have, however, been a number of reforms in the aged and disability service sector.

"We believe that the federal government's new funding model is better suited to service providers independent of Local Government.

"Council has a genuine interest in ensuring that high-quality and reliable providers are appointed. Council's strategic planning and advocacy roles in the aged and disability sector will continue to ensure the community has access to quality services in the years to come."

The council will now engage in a substantial transition plan to ensure relevant service providers are active in the region and that clients are "sensitively moved to alternate providers," while assessing any gaps that may occur during the transition period.

Mayor Keith Parkes said the council would continue to focus on alternate ways to support and respond to the community before the changes are rolled out in 2021.

"There has been significant changes to sector funding over many years, and council will play a crucial role in re-scoping community need and ensuring service providers meet that need," Mr Parkes said.

"We recognise the value of these services to our growing community and council will continue to advocate for timely access to main stream social services for all of our community into the future."

Community members requiring further information can contact Alexandrina's Community Connect Team via: 8555 7000.

Further information is available via: alexandrina.sa.gov.au/transition