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Let's Talk Aged Care

When it comes to aged care and securing assistance to stay in your home and live independently for longer, our services aim to empower you to be informed, make decisions and take action for yourself or your loved ones.

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When it comes to aged care and securing assistance to stay in your home and live independently for longer, COTA SA delivers a range of services that will empower you to be informed, make decisions and take the right action for yourself or your loved ones.

On this page you will find out more about our specialist staff and free information sessions, and you can also watch our Let’s Talk Aged Care video series for everything you need to know about navigating and accessing aged care.

Resources

Our Let's Talk Aged Care video series and Information Sheets provide an informative overview to help you navigate My Aged Care.

Ageing Well Coordinators

COTA SA has dedicated Ageing Well Coordinators to ensure that you get the right information that is informative and will help you make important decisions. Merna Giundy and John Moran are available to talk to people throughout South Australia as a trusted source of ageing well information and support for older South Australians — this includes offering support with aged care navigation.

Aged Care Navigator Trial

The Aged Care Navigator Trial aims to make it easier for you to navigate and connect with aged care services and supports. COTA SA does this through our two Ageing Well Coordinators and our LGBTI Rainbow Hub, as well as our Specialist Aged Care Navigator who can provide individual support to register and establish services.

The Aged Care Navigators Trial is delivered by COTA SA as part of a consortium led by COTA Australia and funded by the Australian Government

Specialist Aged Care Navigator

Julie Lawrie, Specialist Aged Care Navigator, can connect you to My Aged Care and see you through to establishing services in your home and beyond. Julie is available to meet you and your family or chat on the phone. This is a free and friendly service and Julie is available to provide support to people in any part of Metropolitan Adelaide.

Get in touch with our Ageing Well Coordinators or Specialist Aged Care Navigator

LGBTI Rainbow Hub

COTA SA provides tailored information in Adelaide, including at events, online or by phone. Also via our Rainbow Hub e-news which you can subscribe to on the Rainbow Hub webpage.

What sort of help can I receive via the Hub?

You will find:

  • Help contacting My Aged Care
  • Fact sheets and other resources
  • Attendance at community workshops and information sessions

Who is the Rainbow Hub service for?

The whole LGBTI community but particularly if you:

  • are having difficulty engaging the services you need through the existing channels available
  • have no-one else to help you
  • have limited or no access to technology, including if you don't use or have access to a computer, have special accessibility requirements such as vision impairment or you are or support someone living with dementia.

Where can I find Rainbow Hub people to chat with?

COTA SA hosts a Rainbow Hub monthly lunch at 12pm, on the fourth Thursday of every month:

Treasury 1860
King William Street, Adelaide

Bookings are essential as numbers are limited due to COVID-19. Email events@cotasa.org.au or call 08 8232 0422

Who can I contact to find out more about the Rainbow Hub?

Jackie Wurm
Project Officer — Rainbow Hub
08 8232 0422
jwurm@cotasa.org.au

Maximising My Independence — Free information sessions

COTA SA offers free information sessions for clubs and groups of older people and their family to find out more about My Aged Care and the Commonwealth Home Support Programme.

The sessions are for groups of older people (and families and carers) not yet accessing aged care or those receiving Commonwealth Home Support Programme services. It is not suitable for those receiving a Home Care Package or in an Aged Care Home.

These free information sessions are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

What is the Commonwealth Home Support Programme?

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme aims to support older people to maximise their independence at home and in their community by:

  • Supporting people over 65 to live in their own homes
  • Providing a range of entry-level aged care services
  • Focusing on working with you, rather than doing for you
  • Working with your individual goals, preferences and choices
  • Having a strong emphasis on wellness
  • Supporting you to maintain, regain or restore your independence at home and in your community.

What sort of information will be discussed at the information sessions?

Our friendly trained volunteer Peer Educators will provide information about the Commonwealth Home Support Programme and how it can support you to maintain or regain independence to live at home and in the community.

Topics that are covered include:

  • Maximising your wellness and quality of life
  • Living at home for longer
  • Maintaining or regaining independence with support from the Commonwealth Home Support Programme and My Aged Care
  • Registration, eligibility and assessment
  • What to expect
  • Costs
  • Your goals, choices and rights
  • Find out more and register with My Aged Care

Where are sessions held?

Sessions can be held at your preferred venue at a time that suits you, and handouts are provided for everyone attending. Our peer educators welcome group conversation and sharing of experiences during a session.

How do I book an information session?

Contact us to book a free session for your seniors club or group:

08 8232 0422 (Country Callers 1800 182 324)
bookings@cotasa.org.au

Or use the booking button below to book online.

More information

For more information and support about navigating aged care and ageing well, please contact us to be connected to the right specialist who can assist with your enquiry. Click on the link below for all of our contact details.

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