Published on 05 July 2013 10:00 AM
"Our goal must be to ensure that older people are given every chance to live their lives to the full and as independently as possible."
That was the key message from Health Minister Edwin Poots as he officially opened the new premises of Advanced Community Care in Ballinderry Business Park, Lisburn.
Speaking at the opening, Minister Poots said
“Many elderly people can feel isolated and alone. They are some of the most vulnerable individuals in our society. Yet they are also some of the most valuable. Under Transforming Your Care (TYC) and at the core for my vision for our health and social care system, people should be supported to remain in their own homes. Advanced Community Care is clearly an organisation which is helping to achieve this aim.”
Advanced Community Care has also looked to develop work in the area of Learning Disability and Physical Disability. Their growth over the last 18 months has seen them move to new premises to accommodate their needs. Advanced Community Care domiciliary care agency provides domiciliary care in the community to mainly older people in both the Belfast and South Eastern Trust.
“One of the key central objectives to community care is the commitment to continue to develop a mixed economy of care. My Department takes the view that partnership between the statutory, independent and voluntary sectors is vital if we are going to provide high quality and safe services that meet the needs of the most vulnerable people in our society. Moving to these new premises is a clear indication of the progress Advanced Community Care has made and the services the organisation provides are invaluable to these client groups.”