Community Based Aged and Disability Services Policy

Adopted by Council 22 August 2011

Policy Goals

Latrobe City will provide designated facilities for use by senior citizens and other members of the Home and Community Care Program's target group. Senior citizens centres provide facilities for persons over the age of 55 years and persons with disabilities, in which they can meet and find companionship, entertainment and a range of programs and activities to promote self help and independence. Senior citizens centres provide venues for independent groups of senior citizens to meet and may also serve as a base for the operations of the planned activity service.

Policy Implementation

  1. Senior Citizens Program
    Senior Citizens Centre programs operate out of Council owned and maintained community facilities. The Council will encourage senior citizens centres to be used for senior citizens clubs, planned activity service programs, disability and carers groups, meals and other activities. The facilities are also available for hire to other community groups and organisations or individuals within Latrobe City. However, preference will be given to members of the Home and Community Care (HACC) programs target group.
    Access will not be restricted on the basis of membership or non-membership of a particular social group.  An individual or groups inability to pay any centre fee or charge should not prevent them from accessing and using the senior citizens centre facilities. In particular carers, people with a disability and ethnic groups are encouraged to use the premises for regular sessions and other activities. This practice of equitable access is in accordance with the Home and Community Care Program National Services Standards ensuring that each person’s access to a service is decided on the basis of relative need.
  2. Planned Activity Service
    Latrobe City will provide a centre based program for clients who are assessed as requiring support to meet their individual needs, while enhancing their social, psychological and intellectual skills.  In consultation with consumers, a variety of programs will be provided that will encourage participation, independence, social interaction and enable those in attendance to remain connected to their community.

This policy has been reviewed after giving proper consideration to all the rights contained within the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006; and any reasonable limitation to human rights can be demonstrably justified.