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Aged Care At Home – It’s Your Choice

Do you know an older person who is struggling to live at home safely? Are you looking for some help at home for yourself or ageing parents, but just don’t know where to start?

Sutherland Shire Aged Care Expo on February 28 from 9.30 am to 12 noon at Engadine Community Centre

We will make the search quicker and easier by bringing together all the government subsidised, local home care services in the one place. The Aged Care Expo features over 40 different providers of community aged care for Shire residents, with staff on hand to answer your questions about the supports available. This includes help with personal care and grooming, delivered meals, modifications and maintenance to ensure a safe home environment and assistance with the housework that people can no longer manage alone. Also on display are a range of social activities and transport to assist seniors to stay active in the community.

The theme of the Expo is It’s Your Choice. Choosing the right aged care supports can be difficult, especially for individuals with special needs, Aboriginal people or those who have English as a second language. An Expo like this allows older people and their families to have one-on-one conversations with a number of providers in a short period of time, and find the service best suited to their needs.

Assessors will be on hand to explain how eligible people can access services subsidised by the Australian Government through the new My Aged Care system. Other stallholders include a free health check for older people and specific information for family and friends who are providing vital support as unpaid carers. There will be information available in different languages, and providers who can talk to you in plain language that you will understand.

The 28th February Aged Care Expo is being held from 9.30 am to 12 noon at Engadine Community Centre, which is close to parking, fully wheelchair accessible and has a convenient drop-off spot only a few metres away. Entry is free, and every visitor to the Aged Care Expo will receive an information pack and a raffle ticket giving them the chance to win from prize draws throughout the event. Morning tea will also be on site, with plenty of seating for those who want to sit and have a chat.

You don’t need to book; just show up on the day. You’ll be glad you did.

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The Aged Care Expo flyer is also available in Macedonian, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Arabic and Greek from

For more information about this event and others during Sutherland Shire Council’s Seniors Festival [28th Feb -30th March], go to www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/community/seniors-festival

For more on aged care services, go to www.myagedcare.gov.au or phone 1800 200 422

WHAT ELSE IS NEW?

SSCCI is a website for, and about, community care services in St George (ie. Bayside & Georges River LGAs) and Sutherland Shire, known as Southern Sydney.

11 January 2017

The National Disability Insurance Scheme will become available in the South Eastern Sydney district from July 2017. The NDIS is a new way of providing support for people with disability, their families and carers in Australia. The NDIS will provide all Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life. This may include:
•personal care and support
•access to the community
•therapy services
•essential equipment

Current clients of Sutherland Shire and St George services will transition with help from their existing providers. For more information: http://ndis.nsw.gov.au/ready-for-ndis/ndis-rollout/south-eastern-sydney/

9 January 2017

From 27 February 2017, changes to home care will improve the way services are delivered to older people in Australia. Find out what will change and what providers can do to be prepared.
https://agedcare.health.gov.au/programs/home-care/home-care-packages-programme-resources/changes-to-home-care