The ageing population of the Shire of Manjimup and the new and changing needs of aged persons have significantly increased the demands on the Home and Community Care (HACC) service provided by the Shire of Manjimup, and other providers of aged care services within the Shire. This reflects the rapidly growing trend for older people to live at home for as long as possible rather than move into aged care facilities. However, these people often require access to a range of home care services to enable this to occur. The Shire of Manjimup in its Active Ageing Strategic Plan 2008-2028 – Seniors Planning for their Future, identified a need to simplify access to aged care services.
About the Wellness and Respite Community Centre
Originally named the Wellness and Lifestyle Centre, the project was rebranded as the Manjimup Wellness and Respite Community Centre. The Centre is a multi-purpose facility encompassing Manjimup Community Home Care and other offices, day centre, consulting rooms, respite, dementia care, therapy, meeting rooms and conference facilities.
This multi-purpose facility caters for day care centre activities as well as overnight and weekend respite for carers, previously not provided for in the Shire of Manjimup. The Centre model is based on the wellness approach and the idea that older people would prefer to live at home and remain autonomous as long as possible. However, for many people, this requires access to support services, including those provided in a multi-purpose wellness and respite centre.
The Centre effectively consolidates existing facilities and services involved in the delivery of aged care in Manjimup and surrounding areas and provides a ‘one-stop shop’ for aged, disabilities and dementia services and service information for the whole community.
The Shire of Manjimup HACC received funding under the WA HACC Program 2010-11 Growth Funding Capital Works - Stage One, for the development of a detailed design and capital costing for a proposed Wellness and Lifestyle Centre to be located in Manjimup.
In 2014, HACC was successful in securing $750,000 of funding, through the WA HACC Program 2014-15 Growth Funding Capital Works – Stage Two, which was put towards the construction of the Wellness and Respite Community Centre in Manjimup. An additional $1,044,000 of Lotterywest funding was announced in August of 2015 by the Hon. Terry Redman MLA. The Shire was also successful in securing a federal grant under the National Stronger Regions Fund, which has seen the centre built in its entirety.
|||Pictured left L-R: Then Shire President Wade DeCampo, Liz Lockyear - Manager of HACC Manjimup and the Hon. Terry Redman MLA at the announcement of $1,044,000 of Lotterywest funding to be put towards construction of the Manjimup Wellness and Respite Community Centre. |