Improving access to health and care in the Gascoyne
The population of the Gascoyne region is ageing at a higher than average rate, with a 28 per cent increase in the 55-64 year age cohort and a 12 per cent increase in those aged 65 and over from 2006 to 2011 (ABS Census Data).
Despite the population increase in these age cohorts, there are few specialist aged care services and residential care options available. This means many people have been forced into hospital care prematurely, with some having relocated from their home and family to access the services they need.
Through our Spring Link appeal we are raising funds to build a Community Care and Social Centre in Carnarvon that will provide much needed care to the people of the Gascoyne region.
Silver Chain General Manager, Country Services, Carole Bain, said Silver Chain wants to help people living in rural and remote areas of Western Australia to live independently within their community for as long as possible.
“We want to ensure people living in the Gascoyne region can age well within their own community,” Carole said.
“With help from our generous donors, we will build a Community Care and Social Centre in Carnarvon and the services provided will enable people to live longer in their own homes with their family by their side.
“The new Centre will be optimised to meet the health and aged care needs of the Carnarvon community and surrounding areas, and will help improve access to aged care services including chronic disease management, allied health and telehealth.”
The facility will include a clinic incorporating consultation rooms and a wound care room plus a reception area and waiting room, all to aid in the delivery of health care services.
A purpose built Social Centre will allow residents to participate in activities that connect them to their community. Care aides and nursing staff will be on hand to support a wide range of care needs including dementia or other cognitive impairments.
It will also be Wi-Fi enabled, allowing staff to connect with allied health professionals located outside the region and isolated community members will be able to access services with more ease using telehealth solutions.
With support from our loyal donors, Silver Chain looks forward to improving the Gascoyne region’s access to health and aged care services through the construction of a Community Care and Social Centre.
If you would like to find out more or make a donation to this project, please find enclosed a letter and reply paid envelope for your use or visit our website and donate online.