| May 03, 2017

Three new Health and Aged Care initiatives launched for the Hume region

Villa Maria Catholic Homes has launched three new programmes for better Health and Aged care in the Hume region, that were announced at the Carrington in Shepparton today.

Member for Murray Damian Drum MP today announced six Short-Term Restorative Care places that Villa Maria Catholic Homes in conjunction with Cabrini Health were successful in securing these places in the recent Commonwealth Government the 2016-2017 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR).

“Short-Term Restorative Care is a new care type aimed at reversing or slowing ‘functional decline’ in older people with the aim of improving wellbeing,” said Mr Drum. “The Coalition Government initiative has been lea by the Minister for Aged Care, The Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP who led a round table discussion with the major Murray Electorate aged care providers in Echuca last year.

“Each STRC place is worth an estimated $73,100 per year.  Based on this, the six places allocated to Villa Maria Catholic Homes Limited are worth an estimated $438,600 in annual recurrent Australian Government funding.

“This programme is aimed at maximising the independence of older people living at home to avoid premature admission into residential care, unnecessary hospitalisations and maximising quality of life.”

Mr Drum said “I congratulate Villa Maria Catholic Homes in Shepparton in securing these six  Short-Term Restorative Care places. Demand for for places in ACAR is a highly competitive nation process with applicants having to demonstrate an ability to deliver high levels of care, management experience and expertise.”

The Villa Maria Catholic Homes and Cabrini Health partnership is also launching a Dementia Consultancy and Management Service for the Hume Region. This service will extend the existing programme already offered by VMCH to ensure people have access to specialist medical consultations and dementia specialist allied health services.

Mr Drum also cut the ribbon for the launch of  VMCH Mobile Allied Health Service bus. “I am proud to be asked to open the new Mobile Allied Health service. I believe it is the first of its kind in regional Victoria.”

“The bus has been fitted out and is fully equipped to provide a range of allied health services including Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry and Massage. To have a mobile unit that provides a range of health services to people throughout the Hume Region who have difficulty accessing services is a brilliant initiative taken by Villa Maria Catholic Homes,” Mr Drum said.

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