Funding success for Albany Community Care Respite Centre
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP today announced Commonwealth funding has been secured to keep the Albany Community Care Respite Centre’s doors open until at least 30 June 2018.
Mr Wilson said this is a positive outcome after months of hard work and as a result of the significant community support for the facility, including from clients and carers in the community, aged and community care service providers and local health and hospital services.
“Everyone can now breathe a sigh of relief as the doors will stay open until at least June 2018,” Mr Wilson said.
“This service is the only one of its kind in Albany so it’s vital. Being a community-based solution means local carers can access respite services when needed, without the added burden of having to travel long distances, which is often expensive and impractical.”
The centre will be funded under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme immediately through a transitional funding agreement to 31 October 2015, ahead of a longer-term agreement that will ensure the centre’s continued operation until 30 June 2018.
This is consistent with the contracting approach for all other Commonwealth Home Support Programme services.
“This will see ACCRC enter the correct funding stream until 2018, when all services will transition to a consumer driven model. This is the long term certainty I’ve been fighting for all along so this is the best possible outcome,” he said.
“Last year we were able to secure a funding extension, but it did not bring ACCRC into alignment with the appropriate funding round – now they are.”
Albany Community Care Centre Executive Officer Colleen Tombleson said this is fantastic news for the Albany community.
“We have so many people who need this service who can now rest assured we will be there for them,” Ms Tombleson said.
“This is not always a well-recognised area of care but over the past four years we have developed a model of respite care that is effective and very much valued by the community.
“Thank you to Rick for all his work on this and thank you to the Albany community for your positive comments and recognising the value of what we do here.”
The Australian Government has provided funding for the respite facility since 2011, during which time there has been high level of demand.
The centre currently has occupancy rates of over 90%, providing both planned and emergency respite care. The respite care offered is flexible and developed to meet the individual needs of the clients.
The funding provided for the ACCRC will be complementary to other programs delivered by the Albany Community Care Centre, including the Western Australian Home and Community Care Program, Home Care Packages and Veterans Home Care.