CEACA was formed to address the disadvantages elderly and disabled people in the Wheatbelt face such as a lack of appropriate housing, extensive waiting lists and restrictive entry requirements.
Ageing in place is something that many older people living in large regional towns and the Perth metropolitan area take for granted. This is not the case for those living in small rural and remote communities. If it is practical and viable for an older adult to remain in their home town, it provides the aged population with a sense of place, choice, community and dignity.
Many older Wheatbelt residents expressed a strong desire to remain living in their homes, however factors such as the condition and location of dwellings, the mobility or mental acuity of residents and the logistics of providing services to a dispersed client group presented significant barriers to ageing in place. Evidence demonstrates there are clear benefits, both socially and economically, to develop policies and programs to assist people to age well in their local communities.
The CEACA Housing Project provides quality support for older people and those living with a disability in Wheatbelt communities. These challenges were set to increase with the projected growth in the number of people likely to need support.