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Council continues to care for our most vulnerable

Judy Stuchbree, Direct Care Worker

Wednesday 3 June 2020

Council is continuing to deliver essential services to our most vulnerable community members throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and is planning to reinstate more services over the next few weeks.

It has maintained services like the provision of meals, personal care, urgent property maintenance and minimal levels of home care to ensure hygiene was maintained during the peak restriction period.

“Our staff have been working above and beyond to ensure people were cared for during this challenging period,” said Lisa Knight, Director Community and Corporate Services, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“I thank the team for the care they have shown to this community, and acknowledge that they have continued to provide tailored support to vulnerable residents, whilst taking every precaution in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“Staff willingly continued to visit homes to deliver food, personal care, change linen and provide other essential services at a time when the outcome of the pandemic was an unknown proposition,” she said.

With restrictions beginning to ease, Council will incrementally reinstate more aged and disability services in the coming weeks. Council will inform clients directly about the increase in services and the social distancing and hygiene practices in place. These requirements align with advice received from the Victorian Government.

Council also recently signed a two year extension to continue to be the provider of aged care services in Mount Alexander Shire.

The existing arrangement was due to expire on 30 June 2020. The two year extension has been made in direct response to the agreed funding by the Commonwealth Government for aged care service provision. Decisions regarding aged care services were required in response to the mandated aged care reforms by the Commonwealth Government.

“In response to changes by the Australian Government, we undertook a comprehensive review to ensure Council can continue to deliver aged care services that respond to our community needs,” said Ms Knight.

“Over the next two years, we will explore collaborative partnerships with other regional Councils, and review the opportunities to establish relationships with non-government providers to ensure we can continue to deliver high quality services,” she said.
Council is committed to helping people with a disability and older people to live independent and healthy lives in the Mount Alexander Shire community.

Image: Council Direct Care Workers like Judy Stuchbree continue to support some of our most vulnerable community members.

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