New Aged Care and Disability Services hub open for business

Bright new Aged and Disabilty Services Hub

A new-look hub that’s more accessible and user-friendly for Elders and people with disabilities is open for business at Mallee District Aboriginal Services’ (MDAS).
The MDAS Aged Care and Disability Services team moved into the new site at 116 Orange Avenue earlier this year, and work’s been continuing since to overhaul the space for staff and clients.
MDAS Acting Chief Executive Officer Keith Hampton said the site, adjacent to existing MDAS services, was chosen because of its convenience to clients.
“This building is now the central hub for all Aged Care and Disability Services, so everything and everyone our clients need to access for aged care and disability services is in the one place,” Mr Hampton said.
“It’s in a fantastic spot, because it’s very easy for our Elders and clients with disabilities to access the health services they need as well, when they’re visiting the hub,” he said.
“And when they do need to access other services with MDAS or elsewhere, they can easily be supported by the Aged and Disability services team members.”
Programs at the hub include a social support group and a respite group for Aboriginal people over 50 and people who are living with a disability. In addition, staff also help clients access My Aged Care and the National Disability Insurance Scheme. 
MDAS Home and Community Care Programs (including yard maintenance, domestic help, personal care and other specialised support services) are now also based at the hub.
Director of Health Services and Clinical Services, Danielle Dougherty said MDAS Aged and Disability Services has an important focus on socialisation for clients.
“Keeping community members connected when they experience barriers to accessing services is a very high priority within our programs,” Ms Dougherty said.
“Socialising, connecting to community and participating in meaningful activities outside the home make a huge difference to everyone’s overall wellbeing, but sometimes the challenges for Elders and people with disabilities can be a bit overwhelming,” she said.
“Our team does a great job of bridging that gap for people and they’ve been really re-energised by the opportunities the hub provides for the future.
“We’ve got a dedicated space where they can plan and deliver some creative and stimulating programs – that’s already happening and it’s exciting to see some innovative ideas for the future.”
The new hub was opened in a ceremony and morning tea last week.

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