IHC New Zealand boss Ralph Jones has confirmed that HealthCare NZ and Spectrum Care are likely to take over provision of home support and facility based respite for its clients.
IDEA Services has been in the news for dropping the two services, and even more recently for cutting its Autism support, but the impending signature with two of New Zealand’s most prominent support providers is encouraging.
850 families receive home support under IDEA Services, and the provider says it’s confident that HealthCare NZ can take on each of those.
“When we signalled an intention to move out of these services, a great deal of work was done to ensure continuity”, Ralph Jones said. “We know that families want certainty and we are pleased to be able to share the next step as part of our commitment to ensure uninterrupted services”, Jones added
Three of the respite bases will be managed by HealthCare NZ, and Spectrum Care are wanting to manage two in the Wellington region.
Healthcare New Zealand has sold 40% of its business to Australian company Home Care BidCo Pty in a move that could shake up one of New Zealand’s leading service providers.
Healthcare Holdings Limited, or HHL, runs and owns several established disability support services throughout New Zealand. The company has a net worth of over $100 million but looks set to sell nearly half of its assets. Currently, HHL provides community health, disability support, and mental health services and has gained several Ministry of Health contracts in the past. HHL also has contracts under the Accident Compensation Corp (ACC).
HHL currently owns and runs the following services:
- Healthcare NZ Community Health: In home and community based support.
- NZCare Disability: Residential support, vocational services, and respite care.
- Healthcare Rehabilitation: Nursing and rehabilitation.
- Mental Health NZ: Recovery and addiction services to people of all ages.
Just what the new deal with Home Care BidCo Pty will represent for HHL’s current mode of operation is yet to be seen.