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Our History

The principal aim of CURA IN-HOME CARE shall be to assist in maintaining or improving the quality of life of persons who are aged and living in the Perth (WA) Metropolitan area. This care includes, but is not limited to, those who identify with the Germanic languages and culture. Cura In-home Care is a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Not-for-Profit organisation.

After a survey and research had demonstrated there was a need for assistance for elderly Dutch people in WA, a steering committee started meeting in November 1987. In 1988 this group founded the Netherlands Welfare Foundation and quarterly meetings were held and a constitution was drafted. A volunteer Home Visitors Scheme (HVS) was started to give elderly, frail and immobile people from a (initially) Dutch speaking background an opportunity to remain in contact with their community and culture. In those early days the activities were funded solely through donations and later through membership fees and fundraising functions.

In March 1989 the name was changed and registered into Dutch Australian Community Service of WA (DACS). A logo was designed. However, during the AGM in 2000 it was decided that this name did not give a true reflection on the services provided and the name of the organisation was changed to Dutch Aged Care (WA) Inc. or DACWA for short. A competition was held for a new logo. The new name was registered in May 2002.

Since 1993 a Commonwealth government funded Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) initiative has greatly assisted DACWA in reaching a larger number of frail and aged members of the Dutch and German speaking community. This scheme is directed specifically at those people living in aged care facilities or in their homes whilst receiving a government package and who are in danger of social and/or cultural isolation. Our enthusiastic and caring volunteers visit these seniors on a regular basis.

The Commonwealth government introduced the Community Aged Care Packages (CACP) across Australia in its 1992-1993 budgets. In 1995 DACWA’s application for CACPs was successful. The services that are made available through these packages may include help with dressing, food preparation, laundry, grocery shopping and medical appointments. This was a multicultural service for seniors of a Germanic speaking background which enabled them to stay independently at their own homes as long as possible.

In April 2013 DACWA adopted the trading name, Cura In-home Care, as there was a misconception about the type of services and who would be eligible for the program. All packages were renamed by the Government in August 2013 to Home Care Packages and released in different levels (1-4) with a respectively different funding subsidy.  Cura In-home Care was allocated Level 1-2 packages.

The Government introduced Consumer Directed Care (CDC) to all providers and consumers from 1 July 2015. That implementation increased the choice and involvement of a consumer.

The funding from the Government is linked to each individual consumer who receives a package, which is dependent on the level of care the consumer is approved for.  This was the first step for many more changes to support elderly people in the community in a fairer and transparent way.

In January 2016 Cura In-home Care moved, after being tenants at the Neerlandia Clubhouse in Wembley for around 25 years, to their new office in East Victoria Park.

On 27 February 2017, the “Increasing Choices in Aged Care” was fully implemented.  Packages were allocated to the individual and not to the aged care provider, giving the individual choices on who they want to provide their services and increasing ability to move between providers. Cura In-home Care was no longer limited to allocated package placements, going forward being able to provide services to Home Care Package (HCP) clients Level 1-4.                                          

On the 1st July 2019 the Australian Government introduced a New Aged Care Quality Standards Framework and a Charter of Aged Care Rights. The Quality Standards framework set the benchmark for providers on quality of care and safety provided by an organisation. The Charter of Rights provides unified rights to all aged consumers regardless of funding sources or services received.   

On the 1st July 2023 the Community Visitor Scheme changed names to the Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS) and Cura In-home Care has been provided a greater allocation to assist more seniors experiencing loneliness and isolation. 

Cura In-home Care have gone from strength to strength and continues to grow as an approved aged care provider. As the industry changes and evolves into the future Cura In-home Care will maintain steadfast in our mission to support our elderly clients in Perth, Western Australia.

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