Kenwick parents call for Sunflower Care Services to stay open


Bob and Rosie Chennell with son Craig... they are calling for Sunflower Care Services to remain open.
Bob and Rosie Chennell with son Craig... they are calling for Sunflower Care Services to remain open.

A KENWICK couple is calling for Sunflower Care Services to remain open after the Disability Services Commission (DSC) cancelled the organisation’s contract.

Sunflower provides short- and long-term care and accommodation for people with severe intellectual disabilities and complex medical conditions, as well as individuals with challenging behaviours, autism and mental illness.

The commission has ordered Sunflower to close by November 30 after it held serious concerns about the quality of the service.

Kenwick couple Bob and Rosie Chennell’s son Craig is in full-time care. He moved to Sunflower Care Services after he was evicted from his previous residential care facility for becoming violent.

Ms Chennell said since moving, “a coin has flipped” and they wanted him to stay put.

“We don’t really want to shift him as he has become a totally different person since he has been there,” Ms Chennell said.

“He lost a job, life skills, gained weight, had violence and depression issues.

She said he suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), epilepsy, anxiety and had a learning disability.

A DSC spokeswoman said the commission had an 11-month contract for the service to prove itself and for the commission to end its relationship should this be required.

“The commission held serious concerns about the quality of services provided by Sunflower, based on a number of complaints and an independent review of the organisation’s operations,” the spokeswoman said.

“Of the 28 people with commission funding that were accessing Sunflower services, 24 have already transitioned, or are in the process of transitioning, to another service provider.

“The commission has offered two short-term contracts to Sunflower to pay for services while people transition to other service providers.

“Sunflower has refused to sign either of these contracts.”

The service operates six residential properties in Marangaroo, Carabooda and Wanneroo.