Services for Older People

Information about local support and services for seniors.

Introduction

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 population; the number of residents aged 70 years and over increase by 1% to 10.5%.

41% of our residents come from countries where English is not the first language. 8.2% of residents do not speak English fluently and so 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 area and are available to people aged 50 years and over. Seniors groups and Centres offer a broad range of  activities including cultural, social, recreation, adult learning and health and wellbeing activities. Seniors are encouraged to join any of the groups based on interest for example: computers, dancing, choir, card games, carpentry, exercise, coach trips, educational activities and current affairs, to name a few.

If you'd like to meet 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 Adult Leisure Learning Centre - 0413 793 641
  • 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 or call 1800 200 422.

Meals on Wheels, Shopping List Program and Centre Based programs

In July 2019, Council transitioned these services to South Eastern Community Connect and Randwick Meals on Wheels Service.

Council is committed to continuing to support our community based services, and is pleased that there very experienced, local organisations are now supporting our residents.

Anyone who needs access to aged care services can ring My Aged Care on 1800 200 422. They arrange referrals to all services in the area and have been doing so since 2015. 

Why did we transition our Aged Care Services?

Over the previous 6 years and more there were considerable changes in Aged Care. To deal with these changes Council made a decision, after considerable review, to transition our services to nearby community based organisations. We found that our client numbers and referrals had been declining over a long period. Increased competition and the fact that the service had a relatively small intake area, along with other changes, contributed to this. Other small services across Sydney have experienced similar issues. We were concerned about ensuring continuity of care, flexibility and choice for local elderly residents into the future.

We transitioned our clients to other local community based organisations who were already offering the same services and most importantly, a greater range of choice and specialisation for our elderly housebound residents.  

Home Library Service

If you are unable to visit the Library due to illness, disability or mobility issues, 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.

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Need to contact us?

Call 1300 581 299 (weekdays 8:30am-4pm and Saturday 9am-1pm) or email council@bayside.nsw.gov.au