Kwinana couple despair at possible closure of Sunshine Care Services

Kwinana couple despair at possible closure of Sunshine Care Services
Kwinana couple despair at possible closure of Sunshine Care Services

KWINANA couple Lisa and Chris Migliori are protesting against the possible closure of Sunshine Care Services.

Mrs Migliori’s son Aiden McCoriston (21) is epileptic and displays autistic traits, but is not definitively diagnosed autistic; he requires around-the-clock care.

The couple said Aiden had undergone considerable health improvements since becoming a resident of Sunflower Care Services.

Previously, he endured multiple seizures a day and has only had a couple in a matter of months under the care of Sunflower.

Sunflower Care Services offers care and accommodation for people with disabilities.

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

The Disability Services Commission did not renew Sunflower’s contract and the service looks set to close by November 30.

A Sunflower Care Services spokeswoman said more than 40 people who live at the centres and use the service’s respite care now face an uncertain future, with limited options for suitable accommodation available.

Supporters of Sunshine Care Services have planned a protest at Parliament House this morning .

Disability Services Commission director general Ron Chalmers said the commission was in a legal process with Sunflower and the contract had only been going for 11 months.

“We were receiving concerns about the quality of care and services provided at Sunflower; these were not trivial,” he said.

“They were raised by a range of people.”

Mr Chalmers said the Commission organised an audit process to monitor the standards at Sunflower and a subsequent report verified the Commission’s concerns.

“We chose not to renew their contract,” he said.