New facility caters to the aged
A NEW Ozcare office has landed in the Rose City - and a much-needed one at that.
The community welcomed the new facility at an open day yesterday, with Southern Down Regional Council mayor Ron Bellingham, health professionals and nurses making an appearance.
The development comes after the state committee acknowledged a need for an Ozcare facility in the Southern Downs region, and chose Warwick to play host.
Ozcare state manager Lanna Ramsay said the open day was a chance for locals to meet the team who will be providing them with a much-needed service.
"Today was a meet and greet for the people in the community to come in and say hi and have a cuppa," Ms Ramsay said.
"The new facility means Ozcare has a local base to provide services to frail aged people and those with disabilities in Warwick," she said.
The centre is equipped with five staff members but Ms Ramsay said as the client base grows, so too will the staff numbers.
"It gives another employment opportunity in the community as well and we offer staff training and give people the opportunity to learn something new," she said.
The mayor was quick to highlight the benefits of the new facility and said although Warwick had the services, they now have the convenience of a one-stop shop.
"Our community is now better served than it was in the past and with the challenges we have with the community, this singular central point makes common sense," Cr Bellingham said.
"The services were there, but just not as well formulated as this," he said.
Cr Bellingham said it is a positive step forward for the community.
Ozcare provides its services across a seven day week, altering times to best suit clients.
Ms Ramsay said the driving force to have a station set up in Warwick was about giving country towns as much choice as metropolitan areas.
"People living out in the country can miss out on services like this, so they're the people we're looking to help," Ms Ramsay said.
"We are really looking forward to what we can do for the Southern Downs."
The Warwick team will travel to surrounding areas, offering a diverse range of care including:
Community aged care packages
Extended aged care at home
Consumer directed packages
Home and community care
Positive care for carers
Carelink medical alarms
For more information about Ozcare services, call 4639 7860 or visit www.ozcare.org.au.