Services for Seniors

Information about support and services for seniors in the local area.

 

 

Older people living in Bayside

From the newly retired, to active seniors, people receiving care at home and those who are carers themselves, seniors are a diverse group of people with a diverse range of interests and issues.

Older people aged 65 years and over make up 19% of the Bayside 164 880 population. Improvements to health services and more positives attitudes to ageing have seen the number of residents aged 70 years and over increase by 1% to 10.5%.

While the main language spoken at home is English, 41% of Bayside residents come from countries where English is not the first language and 8.2% of residents do not speak English fluently. These figures are reflected in our older residents who are more likely to require language and culturally specific services as they age. 

Seniors Centres and Seniors Groups

Senior Centres and seniors groups operate throughout Bayside local area and are available to people aged 50 years and over. These groups and Centres offer a broad range of  activities focussing on cultural, social, recreation and health and wellbeing activities including computers, dancing, choir, card games, carpentry, exercise, coach trips, educational activities and current affairs, to name a few.

If you are interested in meeting new people, contacting a Seniors Centre or Seniors group is a great place to start.

Seniors and Community Centres in Bayside

  • Ramsgate -  9529 6622
  • Pagewood - 9669 1182
  • Mascot -    9693 2200
  • Kogarah West - 9588 5050
  • Arncliffe - 9562 1666
  • Rockdale - 9562 1666
  • Alf Kay Centre - 9366 3522

Seniors Groups

  • Rockdale Leisure Learning - 9583 1095
  • Mature Men's Group - 0413 045 757
  • 55 Plus - 9316 8012
  • Men's Shed - 1300 550 009

Cultural and Linguistically Diverse Services

  • Care Connect - 9830 8900
  • 3 Bridges - 1300 327 434
  • Advance Diversity Services - 9597 5455

Health and Fitness

Finding an exercise based activity to keep you fit and active is important at all ages. Whether its a active fitness, relaxation and stress management or gentle exercise the following organisations can help you find an activity to suit your interests and needs.

Home Support Services

If you or someone you know would like help to remain independently at home, My Aged Care is the starting point for entry to the aged care system.  My Aged Care  aims to help older people remain in their own home by providing access to support services.

Services are provided are under the Commonwealth Home Support Program.

To find out about services available and to for a referral to any services for the aged, contact My Aged Care Call Centre on 1800 200 422 or visit www.myagedcare.gov.au

Council Support Services

  • Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels provides a wide variety of affordable and nutritious meal choices for residents who, because of frailty, disability or ill health, are unable to prepare a meal on their own.

Council operates a Meals on Wheels service for residents in the following suburbs - Banksmeadow, Botany, Daceyville, Eastlakes, Eastgardens, Hillsdale, Mascot Pagewood and Rosebery.

For residents living in the remaining suburbs of Bayside Council area, Meals on Wheels are available from St George Meals on Wheels service

A variety of meals are provided including special dietary meals such as diabetic, vegetarian, swallowing difficulties, allergies as well as cultural and taste preferences.

Meals are delivered each weekday to the resident’s home by our volunteers and staff.

  • Shopping List Program

Council provides a weekly, fortnightly or monthly shopping list service for older people, people with disability or those experiencing ill health.

There is a small fee for participation in this program.

Staff will take your shopping order, purchase the goods for you and deliver the items to your home. Payment of the shopping order is required at the time of delivery.

While the service is designed to provide local residents with goods available from local supermarkets, other shopping can be arranged if time and resources allow.

  • Centre Based Program

The Centre Based Meals Program provides an opportunity for residents to meet, socialise and enjoy lunch in a safe and welcoming environment. As part of the program, transport is provided to and from the centre on Council’s community bus.

A small fee applies to participation on this Program.

For information about Council's Support Services contact Council's Coordinator Aged and Disability on 02 9669 4640
 

  • Home Library Service

If you are unable to visit the Library due to illness, disability or mobility issues, Bayside Council's Home Library Service staff can discuss options to deliver and exchange magazines, books, CD's and hearing books to your home each month.

Seniors Events

Council joins the NSW government in a celebration of Seniors in February/ March each year by organising a month long program of activities to suit older people of all ages and interests. The Program of Events and ticketing information will be advertised in early January. Contact Councils Aged Specialist on 9366 3679 for further information about Seniors Month

Council's Seniors Garden Party is held annually in May to recognise the valuable contribution of seniors and seniors groups in the community. Contact Council's Events team on 1300 581 299