At Southcare, our focus is on YOU and your potential to grow as an individual and as a part of the community.
We provide a diverse range of personal and community services to encourage wellbeing, alleviate social isolation, reduce hardship, and increase the independence of aged and frail to continue to live at home.
We recognise that you have individual care and support needs and we pride ourselves on providing a diverse range of complementary services that are informed and attuned to these needs.
We appreciate that our customers come from all walks of life and our staff are trained to be sensitive to your general as well as specific care needs. We respect your right to dignity, privacy and choice.
Some of the diverse care needs we support:
Aged and Frail Persons
Choice and Dignity
We provide daily living and nursing care services so that people limited by frailty or aged related conditions can continue to live at home independently. Since 1982, Southcare has established a reputation of quality and consistency in home care services. We continue to expand our service diversity and specialisation so that we can offer you more choice and flexibility.
Young People with Disabilities
Quality of Life
We provide opportunities at our Social Centre for Young People with Disabilities to socialise with each other, learn new skills and be supported. Southcare auspiced the DSC funded Inspire Project which explored practical and creative opportunities for young adults with disabilities to increase social connection in the community. You can read more about it here.
Stronger Families and Cultural Connections
We provide personal and family support services to Aboriginal people in the local community to increase healthy and active connections with each other and communities. Southcare works closely with South Perth Aboriginal Group, Moorditj Keila to provide a broad range of services in the local community.
Financial Relief and Confidence
We provide emergency assistance to people in immediate financial crisis; as well as financial counselling services to achieve longer term financial resilience. Southcare has a Low Food Grocery Store and Opportunity shop at our premises in Manning to assist people in financial hardship.
Social and Emotional Wellbeing
Southcare assists people who are isolated or lonely with social opportunities at home, at Social Centres and in their communities. Our aged care services, community visitors service, young disabled and Aboriginal community services are committed to increasing social wellbeing and health.
Cultural and Linguistic Backgrounds (CALD)
To understand and be understood
Southcare invests in CALD training for staff and volunteers so that our services are sensitive and responsive to the unique needs of people who speak languages other than English and have different cultural backgrounds and expectations. We work closely with CALD advocates and specialised service providers. We also link people to interpreting and multi-cultural services where required. Our staff come from diverse CALD backgrounds, increasing our service capacity in this area.
A Place to Call Home
Southcare understands that the availability of central, affordable housing is a significant concern in our community, especially for aged people who may be retired and no longer working. Southcare is in the process of assessing the viability of building a seniors housing village of affordable and well-designed apartments with community facilities. The village will be located on our Manning property near our administration premises and close to major public transport routes and facilities.
Risk of Homelessness
Security in difficulty
We help people at risk of homelessness and tenancy crisis with information, advocacy and emergency assistance through our Emergency Relief, Financial Counselling and Aboriginal Family Support programs.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people
A Right to Inclusion
Southcare supports the rights of LGBTI people to services that are sensitive and inclusive of LGBTI-specific care and support needs. Changes to the Aged Care Act (LLLB) and the Sex Discrimination Act 2013, granted Special Needs status to LGBTI elders and have made the provision of LGBTI inclusive services in aged care a legal requirement. Southcare works with advocates like GRAI (GLBTI Rights In Ageing Inc) to implement cultural safety and inclusion for LGBTI people accessing our services. Our staff are trained in LGBTI awareness and care approaches. Southcare is a supporter of Equal Employment Opportunity and supports the rights of people of diverse sexuality in employment.
Compassion and Understanding
Southcare acknowledges care leavers – adults who spent time in foster, residential or other care as a child. We invest in awareness training of our staff and care practices that are sensitive to the needs and challenges of Care Leavers. We work with Care Leaver advocates and networks so that our services are inclusive and informed.
Learning from Experience
Southcare provides aged care services to war veterans. We understand that War Veterans have specific care needs from their war service. These may be associated with disability, trauma and rehabilitation.
Southcare is committed to strengthening governance in the aged care and community not for profit sector. We run professional leadership courses for our staff and others to develop their personal leadership style and capacity. Our Young Leaders on Boards program was established with the aim of engaging younger leaders from all professional backgrounds in the leadership and governance of the Aged Care and Community. You can read more about this program here.