The availability of respite care for Carer’s of people with dementia in the Gold Coast region will now increase thanks to a State Government grant awarded to Multicultural Communities Council Gold Coast Ltd (MCCGC) operating as CÜRA.
Today, Minister for Disability Services and Minister of Seniors, Coralee O’Rouke visited MCCGC to congratulate the organisation of this funding and to see first hand the facilities available to dementia clients.
MCCGC Chief Executive Officer, Sue Graham said the news of the grant has been gratefully received. “This funding allows us to provide additional planned respite hours targeting Carers who are working, in training or looking for employment” Ms Graham said.
“This is wonderful news for our community. Respite services such as this will provide long stay respite at our Wellness Centre in Ashmore, community access, in home support for readying and settling services and transportation if required.
Caring for a person with dementia can be very rewarding, however, it can also be physically and emotionally taxing especially for the working Carer and the availability of respite services will be much appreciated.”
Ms Graham said that with an aging population, the choice of a range of services from simple, in-home assistance through to holistic respite care is essential for healthy communities.
“We have been providing support to our aging, multicultural communities of the Gold Coast region for more than thirty years and know from the coalface the growing need for respite services,” Ms Graham said.
“The need for respite care for Carers of dementia sufferers in particular is high and as a community, we must find solutions. This demand for this type of service will only increase over time.
This funding will be a welcome addition to the Commonwealth Home Support Services, Home Care Packages that CURA provides in the Gold Coast Region.
“It takes a community approach to provide comfortable, caring and respectful services for our seniors and the Government’s grant for respite care is a proactive step in meeting these needs.”
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