Community Care Support

Community Care offers a range of support to the frail, and frail aged and younger people with a disability and their carers living within Gilgandra Shire. Support is provided the Home and Community Care (HACC)  program. These services are funded by the Australian Federal Government and NSW State Government.

You can get in touch by telephoning 6817 8750 or you can visit the Community Care Centre, 22 Miller Street Gilgandra.

Residents who seek support can be referred by their Doctor, Community Nurse, family member, friend or the Aged Care Assessment Team. They can also refer themselves.

The Manager will assess their eligibility to receive support and identify their goals to meet their individual circumstances. Their choices will improve or maintain their independence to live in their own home with access into the community

Community Care offers:

  • Healthy nutritionally balanced hot, chilled or frozen meals delivered on a regular basis without the stress of shopping and cooking
  • Choice of what to eat, from salads, to soups, desserts, fresh fruit salads, sandwiches, prepared fresh vegetable packs, nutritionally balanced meat packs, vast array of frozen choices.
  • Special diets for medical, cultural or religious reasons
  • Meals short term when you are not coping so well or you have just returned from hospital
  • Support to  plan a weekly menu, shop or prepare the meals
  • Contact with volunteers across Community Care support choices.
  • Respite for the carer to have a break from looking after someone they care for
  • Access for those who live in rural and remote areas of the Shire to bulk frozen meals, transport, social support and phone checks
  • Social lunches, morning & afternoon teas cooking classes, community group lunches, companionship visits, letter writing, exercise classes and valuable contact with volunteers.
  • Assistance for Carers, respite, referrals for funding packages
  • Phone checks to bring peace of mind to carers and family.
  • Library on Wheels delivered each month linked to meal deliveries
  • Transport: choices over 7 days a week, vouchers linked to the local Taxi service for transport disadvantage and out of hours support or local transport for HACC clients to visit friend’s, go shopping, visit the Library or go for a coffee.
  • Bookings  for volunteer escorts & physical assistance to transport clients to doctors and specialist appointments in Dubbo   


Referrals to other Home & Community Care (HACC) Support:

In Home Respite provides:

  • Carers and family members with a break from their caring role
  • Response in an alternate way to the usual care arrangements
  • Allocated hours for service provision to limited, planned flexible respite
  • Support  through Community Service Workers or volunteers    

Day Care: Initial assessment then referral to the Day Care Coordinator at Gilgandra Multi Purpose Health Service (MPHS) hospital.

Home Care:  Initial assessment then referral to the Referral and Assessment Centre (RAAC) for domestic assistance and personal care

Home Maintenance and Modification: Initial assessment  referral to Occupational Therapist for a home based assessment and a plan of works required.

Community Options: Referral is made for Case Management when multiple Home and Community Care Services (HACC) are required

Cost to receive support: The Manger will advise the costs during the assessment. These will vary depending on the type of support clients and carers choose to receive to achieve their goals.

Suggested Links:

My Aged Care website: www.myagedcare.gov.au

NSW Meals on Wheels Association Website: www.nswmealsonwheels.org.au

Community Transport Organisation: www.cto.org.au

Carers New South Wales Website: www.carersnsw.asn.au

 

 

Contact details
Community Care
02 6817 8750 (ph)
02 6817 8755 (fax)
Email: communitycare@gilgandra.nsw.gov.au