Blue Mountains City Council

Aged Services
Aged Services

There are a diverse range of services and programs designed to support and encourage older people.




There are a diverse range of services and programs designed to support and encourage older people living in the Blue Mountains to participate in community life.

The Blue Mountains has an ageing population, which means there will be a substantial increase in the demand for services. Blue Mountains City Council will strive to meet this demand by working in close partnership with the Department of Ageing Disability and Home Care and the Department of Health to provide our seniors with access to health services, Meals on Wheels, Respite services, and other vital community care services.  

Information on this Page

Useful Downloads

> Community Care Guide
> Concession Postage Stamps
> Opal Travel Card Information
> Physical Activity Services Directory
  > Pets of Older Persons (POOPs) Brochure
> Seniors Card: Application


Access and Equity Working Group

Council has an Access and Equity Working Group, the aim of the working group is to promote fairness in the distribution of resources, and to provide an accessible and equitable environment throughout the Blue Mountains Local Government area.

The working group consists of staff representatives from all relevant groups of Council and four community representatives.

Community Care Guide

The Community Care Guide is a booklet that lists a number of services available throughout the Blue Mountains that can assist the Frail Aged, Disabled and their Carers to live more independently. Services in this booklet include Meals on Wheels, Respite Care and Home Help.

The Community Care Guide can be downloaded from the top of this page.

Concession Postage Stamps

Do you have a Federal Government concession card? You may be eligible for a reduced rate on domestic stamps, and other offers. You can only use concession stamps to send small and large letters within Australia. They can't be used for parcels or to send anything overseas.

An information sheet can be downloaded from the top of this page.

Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal Card

Opal is a reusable smartcard ticket for public transport, similar in size to a credit card. You only need to get an Opal card once. Instead of buying a paper ticket you load value on your Opal card to pay for travel – like an e-TAG for public transport.

An information sheet can be downloaded from the top of this page.

Pets of Older Persons (POOPS) Program

Pets are renowned for their therapeutic ability to heal the sick, the lonely and the isolated elderly. However age and or disability can often restrict the elderly from caring for their best friend. Pets of Older Persons (POOPs) provides a number of services to assist the elderly with the care of their pet.

This service which is an initiative of the Aged Care Assessment Team and the RSPCA covers clients in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Some of the services provided under POOPS include: Monthly grooming ; Treatment by RSPCA vets when required; and assistance with Pet food if needed.

For further information on the POOPS program download a brochure from the top of this page.

Physical Activity Services Directory

Staying Physically Active is a comprehensive booklet that lists A to Y physical services and activities both at an individual level and group level available in the Blue Mountains that Older People can participate in, whether actively or as a volunteer. The directory also has a monthly planner to help people get started in an exercise program.

The Physical Activity Services Directory can be downloaded from the top of this page.

Seniors Card

Applications for a Seniors Card can only be made online here.

A Seniors Card is a discount-shopping card for older people. Seniors Card holders are also entitled through this card to a discount in their travel, for eg at the cost of $2.50 seniors can enjoy an all round trip on a ferry, train and bus.

The scheme is free to join. To qualify you must be a NSW permanent resident aged 60 years or over and work no more than 20 hours a week in paid employment. Each year members are posted a member guide for their region they live in which shows a selection of businesses offering members a discount.  

Seniors Week and Recognition Awards

As a tribute to our local seniors, and to acknowledge the remarkable contributions that they make to the Blue Mountains community, a program of events for the month of March has been put together for your enjoyment.

Seniors Week is an opportunity to promote a better understanding within the community about seniors and the value they add to our lives. It is also an opportunity to encourage older people to lead active lifestyles and participate at all levels within our community.

The Seniors Week Recognition Awards acknowledge the contribution that individuals and organisations have made to the seniors of the Blue Mountains community.

For more detailed information click here.