The principal aim of CURA in-home care is to assist in maintaining and improving the quality of life of older people, particularly those from a culturally and linguistically diverse background.
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 Dutch speaking background (initially) 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 fund raising 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 gave not 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 an aged care facility or receiving support through a Home Care 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 is a Multicultural service for seniors of a Germanic speaking background which enables them to stay independently at their own homes as long as possible.
In April 2013 DACWA adopted a trading name, being Cura In-Home Care, as there was a misconception about the type of services and who would be eligible for the program.
The Government introduced officially Consumer Directed Care (CDC) to all providers and consumers from 01th of 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 depending 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 we moved after being tenants at the Neerlandia Clubhouse for around 25 years to our new office in East Victoria Park.