DID you know aged and home community care across the Surf Coast and the nation is undergoing significant change?

Lorne Community Hospital CEO, Ms Kate Gillan, said while change was underway, the Lorne Hospital would continue to provide care and support to local people so they could live independently in their own homes for as long as they were able.

Ms Gillan said it was important aged care clients and their families received the best advice about the Federal Government’s new My Aged Care web site and the Home Care Packages Scheme.

“Change can be daunting so I urge the Surf Coast community to contact the hospital for help and advice if they need it. We will be able to answer your questions and provide you with some certainty about the new scheme and how it affects you or your loved one.”

Ms Gillan assured the community Lorne Community hospital would continue to provide volunteer transport, district nursing, allied health, group activities and outings “as we have always done”.

From March 1 2017, people seeking aged and community care services, will need to access the My Aged Care website and contact centres.

This is different to the past approach, where people receiving government support were told who their service provider would be. Now this has changed. Under the new model, clients will know their budget, will choose their provider and the package of services they need and can afford.

Ms Gillan said the hospital would expand its home community care services in March, 2017, while continuing to care for both public and private clients.

“As our Surf Coast population continues to age and grow, we want to build on our services providing a very local caring and flexible service for older people, people with a disability and for people recovering from illness or surgery. Our carers are qualified professionals who love their work, supporting people to do daily tasks like shopping, preparing meals and providing companionship. We also offer home nursing and a private overnight residential respite service.”

People wanting more information about My Aged Care can contact Julie Walter at Lorne Community Hospital on 03 5289 4300. You can also access the My Aged Care web site at www.myagedcare.gov.au