Healthy Ageing and Disability
Kungkarrangkalpa Aged Care
We manage the only aged care facility on the Ngaanyatjarra Lands: The Kungkarrangkalpa Aged Care Facility (KACF) in Wanarn. Kungkarrangkalpa means Seven Sisters, an important Tjukurpa [dreaming] story from the Lands. The KACF is an 18-bed facility that provides a home for residents with requirements ranging from low-level to high-level care. There are 16 funded beds and 2 unfunded beds, which are used for respite or end of life care. The residents come from all parts of the Lands.
The Warakurna Artists staff visit fortnightly to assist artistic residents to maintain their cultural heritage through their art. Kungkarrangkalpa is staffed by a RN manager, an RN/EN, personal care assistants and local Indigenous workers.
Home and Community Care
The Home and Community Care program (HACC) provides for the delivery of in-home and day care services (domestic, personal care, meals, transport, advocacy and social interaction) to frail elderly and younger disabled people based on assessed need. These services are generally delivered by community members and enable clients to stay at home in their communities longer, rather than having to move to residential care, possibly far away from country in a regional centre.
Allied Health: Occupational Therapist
The Occupational Therapist assists people of all ages on the Lands who are having difficulties with activities of daily living, accessing essential services within the community and participating in work or leisure activities. The OT provides equipment and arranges home modifications to increase independence and safety for people with physical disabilities, such as grab rails, wheelchairs and shower chairs. The OT also assesses and provides strategies for people with difficulties or developmental delays in the areas of fine motor skills, upper limb use and sensory processing.