3 Jul 2013

Home-support workers find new jobs

6:41 am on 3 July 2013

A Gisborne Maori health provider says the majority of its home support caregivers have found new jobs after it pulled the pin on the service.

Higher Government standards in the home support sector have led Turanga Health to make the changes.

The organisation had been providing care visits since 1997 and employed about 65 caregivers to help about 170 people.

The service was taken over by CCS Disability Action on Sunday.

Turanga Health chief executive Reweti Ropiha said one caregiver has been kept on to tie up loose ends, but the majority of his former staff have been employed elsewhere.

He said a portion of them have been hired by CCS Disability Action, while others have sought employment with other residential providers.

Mr Ropiha said about 15 former staff have left caregiving to seek new opportunities.