Vital in-home health and personal services to help South Australians live independently at home are set to continue and grow, with one of the state’s oldest and most respected community health care providers to take over management of Domiciliary Care.
Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink yesterday signed the final legal document formalising the transfer of Domiciliary Care services to the Royal District Nursing Service SA (RDNS SA), part of the Silver Chain Group.
RDNS SA was last year the successful non-government tenderer for Domiciliary Care – one of the state’s largest providers of home-based care for older South Australians – and will begin delivering services and support to Domiciliary Care’s clients from this weekend.
Domiciliary Care is the first state government service to transition to non-government management as a result of the Commonwealth’s disability and aged care reforms.
Minister Lensink said bringing Domiciliary Care and RDNS SA together presents an opportunity to grow the important services available for older South Australians who rely on in-home support.
“For more than 40 years, Domiciliary Care and its dedicated staff have been delivering critical allied health and personal support services to South Australians living in the metropolitan area so they can continue to live at home,” said Minister Lensink.
“RDNS SA has served the South Australian community for more than 120 years, and managing Domiciliary Care will complement its highly-regarded and well established nursing services.
“The continuity of care for our clients has been the highest of priorities during the transition, and importantly, the vast majority of Domiciliary Care’s staff are moving to RDNS SA to continue their good work.
“Bringing these two respected organisations together provides a significant opportunity to deliver a broader range of services for the benefit of Domiciliary Care’s clients.”