Ozcare new provider of vital in-home care for elderly

HUNDREDS of elderly people on the Fraser Coast have been reassured vital in-home services funded by the Federal Government will continue at the end of the month with the appointment of a new provider.

Not-for-profit group Ozcare will take over the delivery of all Home and Community Care Services from June 1 when the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services relinquishes control.

A second provider, the Indigenous Wellbeing Centre, will take over the delivery of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HACC services in North Burnett.

HACC includes home maintenance and cleaning services to help at-risk elderly people remain in their own homes for longer, rather than entering an aged care facility.

An estimated 600 clients on the Fraser Coast rely on HACC services.

Elderly clients complained in May about the lack of communication on the changes.

A Department of Health and Ageing representative said both providers were working with WBHHS to transition the service.

"All existing clients will have the opportunity to continue to receive services from the new providers," the representative said.

The representative said there was capacity for the new providers to take on extra clients.

Home and Community Care services

  • Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services first announced it was proposing to cease being the provider for HACC services on January 17
  • On March 3, the Department of Health and Ageing told the Chronicle it was committed to having a new provider in place by the end of May