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Let's Talk Aged Care

When it comes to aged care that helps you to stay in your home and live independently for longer, our information and support aims 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 that helps you to stay in your home and live independently for longer, COTA SA encourages you to be informed, make decisions and take the right action for yourself or your loved ones.

On this page you will find independent aged care information for everything you need to know about navigating and accessing aged care in your home. Learn about and access our specialist Aged Care Navigators and free community information sessions.

COTA SA is delighted to be funded by Adelaide PHN to provide a care finder service to older people living in the Adelaide metropolitan area.

Older people living in metropolitan Adelaide can contact COTA SA and talk to one of our team of Aged Care Navigators who will be able to assist with information and support options. This is a free service developed to support vulnerable people – who have no one else who can support them – to interact with My Aged Care, access aged care services and access other relevant supports in the community.

For those who don't require additional support, or who have family members to help them, please contact:

Funded by Adelaide PHN

Let's Talk Aged Care - LGBTI Rainbow Hub

Our Rainbow Hub provides tailored information in Adelaide to help older LGBTI people to navigate My 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.

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.

Aged Care Tele-Support Service for country SA

This program closed on 30 June 2023

Older people and carers in country SA seeking information and support to navigate aged care can contact:

Aged Care Specialist Officers at Services Australia: 1800 227 475 for advice and information on My Aged Care or to make an appointment at Services Australia offices in Berri, Ceduna, Kadina, Mt Gambier, Port Lincoln or Victor Harbor.

For Country callers needing intensive support, contact the following Care Finder service providers.

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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