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Home Care Services information session

A Home Care Services information session being held in West Wyalong next week will seek to reach out to individuals and families about the range of support services available locally and how to access them.

Concerned some local residents who are eligible for well deserved support could be slipping through the cracks, Bland Shire Council will hold a Home Care Services information session at the West Wyalong Community Care Centre on Thursday 9 June at 1pm.

The session will be an opportunity for the community to learn more about Home Care Services and how it can potentially benefit them, a family member or a friend either now or sometime in the future.

Home Care Services are funded through the Australian Government and delivered locally through Bland Shire Council and other service providers. Home Care seeks to make it easier for people to stay independent and living in their own home, close to loved ones and connected to their community.

A range of Home Care Services are available including domestic assistance (housework, shopping), personal care (assistance with showering), meals, social support (eg taking you shopping, to the doctors, to visit a friend or to access group activities), respite services (in home or at a centre), transport,  home maintenance services (lawn mowing, pruning) and home modifications.

Those with higher level care needs may also be eligible for a home care package, which provides co-ordinated in home services which are tailored to meet specific client needs.

“Most people want to age independently in their own home and Home Care Services seek to help them do that,” Bland Shire Council Director of Corporate, Community and Development Services, Adele Casey, said.

“Home Care Services can help people with tasks they struggle with or can no longer manage on their own and the information session will educate the community about what services are available in our area and how individuals and families can apply for assistance.

“At Council we want to ensure everyone who needs help is informed about what is available and has the opportunity to apply for assistance.

“We hope that the information session will create stronger community awareness about Home Care Services so people can better access help as and when they need it.”

The information session will be followed by a complimentary afternoon tea with bookings essential by phoning Bland Shire Council on 6972 2266. Those who cannot make the information session but would like to learn more about Home Care Services are encouraged to phone Council’s Community Care Co-ordinator, Debbie Hardwick, at Council during business hours.