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.
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Access Advisory Committee
Community Care Guide
Concession Postage Stamps
Elder abuse resources
Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card
RSPCA NSW-Community Aged Care
Seniors Week and recognition awards
Community Connections: Older and Vulnerable Community Members Project
My Aged Care
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.
The Blue Mountains Food Services provides a range of programs and services to residents of the Blue Mountains. These include aged care services, NDIS programs, catering, volunteering opportunities, a community café, and more.
We are a proud member of the NSW Meals on Wheels association and a registered NDIS provider, with over 20 years experience in the community service industry.
We strive to create a positive experience through social inclusion for all members of the community. Our services focus on preventing isolation and fostering independence.
Community Care Guide
The Community Care Guide is a booklet that lists services available throughout the Blue Mountains that can assist the frail aged, people with disabilities and their carers to live more independently, including Meals on Wheels, respite care and home help.
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.
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 4780 5546 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. The Terms of Reference can be read here.
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. Find out more in the FAQ document available in the Forms and Resources section below, or at opal.com.au
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.
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.
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. Find out more on our Seniors Festival page.
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.
Male menopause can be a difficult time for older men, with symptoms beginning to affect their well-being, and it can even have a bigger impact on mental health.
See the Understanding the Male Menopause and Mental Health guide for more information.
The guide covers important topics such as:
- Understanding 'male menopause' - separating facts from fiction, and why it can be misleading (and harmful) to group the different changes and conditions affecting men as they age under this label.
- The physical and emotional changes associated with male menopause and why men should always seek a proper medical diagnosis for said symptoms.
- The effect on men’s mental wellbeing - from memory loss and lowered libido to secondary effects like fatigue, insomnia, and irrationality - and their impact on daily life.
- Helpful tips and advice for managing symptoms, lifestyle changes and treatments that can help, and other useful information.
If you need aged care services funded by the Australian Government, visit myagedcare.gov.au
Council's Aged and Disability Services Development Officer
Phone: 4780 5546