We provide links and downloadable directories with useful information and relevant services for older people and their families in the Blue Mountains. For other community information and resources, please click on the related pages about Community Development.

Access Advisory Committee

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.

Download the Community Care Guide

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.

Click here for more information.

Elder abuse resources

The Blue Mountains Elder Abuse Collaborative was established in 2015, it is a partnership of local services and  NSW Elder Abuse Help Line and Resource Unit. The Collaborative has produced two resources to assist in identification and support when dealing with elder abuse situations. These are as follows. For further information on the Collaborative Contact Prue Hardgrove, Blue Mountains City Council’s Aged and Disability Services Development officer on (02) 4780 5546 or phardgrove@bmcc.nsw.gov.au. The Collaborative meets bi monthly on a Wednesday from 2 to 4pm at Senator Doug Cameron’s Office (5 Raymond Rd) Springwood. In partnership with local services and the NSW Government, we provide two resources to assist in identification and support when dealing with elder abuse situations.

The Information for Support on Elder Abuse includes a flow chart to guide responses to the abuse of older people and a quick reference guide with relevant telephone numbers for assistance.  

The Local Blue Mountains Resource List is a reference guide with more detailed information about available service providers, both in the Blue Mountains and in NSW.

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 here.

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 the brochure from the Forms and Resources section below.

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 Forms and Resources section below.

Seniors Card

Applications for a Seniors Card can only be made online.

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 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

Community Connections: Older and Vulnerable Community Members Project

In partnership with Katoomba and Springwood Neighbourhood Centres and Charles Sturt University we successfully launched the research project Community Connections: Older and Vulnerable Community Members Project.

This research project aimed to identify the needs of vulnerable community members and inform approaches and strategies to address social inclusion and safety needs of the community’s most vulnerable people.

The report can be downloaded from the Forms and Resources section below.

My Aged Care

If you need aged care services funded by the Australian Government, click here to visit myagedcare.gov.au

Further Information

Council's Aged and Disability Services Development Officer

Phone: 4780 5546

Email: phardgrove@bmcc.nsw.gov.au