Caring Neighbourhood Program
The Caring Neighbourhood Program is made up of a group of volunteers who extend friendship and support to people who are isolated from their community as a result of age related issues.The Caring Neighbourhood Program covers the council area of Victor Harbor. Each day a volunteer from the Caring Neighbourhood Program helps someone in the local community. The Council provides the infrastructure and co-funds the program with Commonwealth Home Support funding. The program is facilitated by staff who visit the clients to ascertain their needs and manage the valuable team of volunteers.
The Caring Neighbourhood Program sincerely thanks the volunteers for their unfailing kindness to people who live in the community. Their valuable contributions make a difference. If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch with us or learn more about volunteering with the City of Victor Harbor.
For more information, about the program and activities we offer, please see the brochure below or phone the co-ordinator, Helen Deguet. Ph (08) 8551 0544 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register and organise a referral to attend one of our programs, you will need to contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or visit www.myagedcare.gov.au and ask for a referral for Social Support at the City of Victor Harbor.
More information can be found by referring to the Caring Neighbourhood Program Brochure
Positive Ageing Taskforce
The Southern Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island Positive Ageing Taskforce is a collaborative inter-agency network which operates across Alexandrina Council, City of Victor Harbor, and Yankalilla Council areas, with network links extending to Kangaroo Island. The Taskforce works with services that support frail older people and their carers to facilitate service reform and improve service cooperation and coordination at the regional level.
The work undertaken by the Taskforce aims to result in improved quality of life outcomes for older people. Taskforce stakeholders represent diverse sectors including community care, residential services, workforce development and various levels of government. The Taskforce is currently funded by the Commonwealth Home Support Program and local Councils and is one of twelve collaborative projects operating in metropolitan and regional South Australia.
Taskforce membership is open to anyone working or volunteering within the aged care sector, as well as community members with an interest in the wellbeing of older people.
More detailed information about current projects and training opportunities can be found at www.victor.sa.gov.au/flourishing
Further details can be obtained by contacting Michelle Fuller, Project Officer for the Positive Ageing Taskforce. Phone (08)8551 0571, Email email@example.com, or by post PO Box 11, Victor Harbor SA 5211.
Advanced Care Directives
An Advance Care Directive is a legal document that gives those who care for the frail-aged a clear understanding of their needs and wishes, should they lose the ability to communicate for themselves. Once completed, this document can be lodged with family, health care providers, GP's and the local hospital.
Advanced Care Directive Kits and Forms
Residents are able to purchase kits and forms from the Council Office at 1 Bay Road, Victor Harbor. The kits cost $5 and additional application forms can be purchased for $1.
Need assistance completing an Advanced Care Directive?
A volunteer service has been established to assist people complete an Advanced Care Directive. Appointments are available at the City of Victor Harbor (by appointment only) on Thursdays between 10am and 1pm.
Appointments should be made by contacting the Southern Fleurieu Health Service on (08) 8552 0600.
Find out more about Advanced Care Directives at www.advancecaredirectives.sa.gov.au/
My Aged Care Support Program via COTA
Are you struggling to navigate and use the Government system - My Aged Care?
A local Peer Champion could assist you to access the information you need, help you navigate the My Aged Care systems, increase your awareness of local organisations providing My Aged Care services and answer other questions you may have. The support is one to one, free and is available over the telephone or face to face.
The service is provided at the Victor Harbor library on Mondays from 10am - 12 noon. Alternatively, you can contact Marilyn Henderson directly on 0456 390 059.
Find out more about the My Aged Care Support Program on the COTA website at: www.cotasa.org.au/programs/my-aged-care-support.aspx
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