If you are a carer, a person with disability or a frail older person, we invite you to consider our range of services designed to maintain and enhance your quality of life while still living in your own home. At Choices at Home we take the time to help you select the right service that fits your lifestyle. After all, the choice is yours!
JOINING A SERVICE
Choices at Home offer a range of services to assist you to remain living independently in your own home for longer. You can join our services in three easy steps.
- Contact Choices at Home directly on (02) 6393 8966 (or be referred by a third party such as your GP)
- Undergo a client assessment
- Begin service
Referrals are welcome from yourself, family, friends or neighbours, medical practitioners, community service providers and are to be made directly to My Aged Care on 1800 200 422.
There is no fee to join one of the Choices at Home services, however there is a cost for meals and materials used during activities. Orange City Council endeavours to keep all fees to a minimum. For those clients who are assessed as not having the capacity to pay, payment plans can be arranged.
MEALS ON WHEELS
Meals on Wheels provides a wide range of nutritious, inexpensive midday meals delivered by a volunteer Monday to Friday. Additional meals can be ordered and delivered to cater for the weekend and public holidays. The NSW Meals on Wheels Association web page: www.nswmealsonwheels.org.au
Frozen meal service
The Frozen Meal Service is a bulk meal service which provides a wide range of nutritious, inexpensive meals. Meals can be delivered by a volunteer on a weekday that suits you or you can collect your order from the office once a week.
The broad range of meals available through Meals on Wheels includes : main and mini meals, soups and desserts. The mini meals are specifically designed for those with smaller appetites. Special dietary needs are catered for including seniors impacted by gluten intolerance and diabetes. Meals can also be supplied for vegetarians. You can download the menu here
Our Community Restaurant brings together seniors in our community for a fun and social group lunch at a variety of local restaurants once a fortnight. This is a great opportunity to catch up regularly with friends. If required, transport can be arranged to collect you from your home, transport you to the selected venue, and then home again.
The Minor Maintenance service can link you with an approved contractor to assist with home and garden maintenance including:
- Lawn mowing and edging, including removal of clippings
- Light gardening such as weeding, pruning, leaf raking and removal of clippings
- Window cleaning
- Replacing tap washers
- Replacing light globes
- Installing picture hooks
- Cleaning gutters
The Shopping Service will match you with a registered volunteer who can assist you with your shopping and household errands. Activities that your volunteer can assist with include:
- Grocery shopping
- Paying utility bills
- Visiting the pharmacy
Your volunteer can even assist you with unpacking your shopping when you arrive home.
Friendly visitors will link you with an approved volunteer who will come to your home for a visit. You and the volunteer can enjoy a cuppa, walk around your garden or enjoy a board game. Community visitors will link approved volunteers with residents of Australian Government funded aged care facilities. The volunteer can visit a resident in the aged care facility and enjoy a chat, a short walk or interesting activity.
Telecare offers peace of mind for you and your family if you are a senior living independently at home. Telecare will match you with a registered volunteer who will phone you each day to check-in. They will make sure you are well and have a chat. In the event that contact is not made, procedures are in place to check on your well being.
Telecare is a great service that allows you and your family to know that someone will be checking in each day
Social Support Service
Social Support provide a wide range of services which can be delivered in a group environment or on a one-to-one basis. Activities can be individualised to meet the interests of participants. The ideas and assistance of volunteers is always welcome and very much appreciated. Transport can be arranged for most activities.
The Craft Group meets every Thursday morning to create a range of projects and enjoy a chat and morning tea.
The Men’s Group meets fortnightly on Fridays, and enjoys gardening, cooking, bus trips and lunch.
Every Tuesday the Choices at Home bus heads out with a small group to explore local, regional and metropolitan sites.
Regular trips are taken to see the latest release movies at the cinema in Orange followed by lunch.
Yoga is held every Monday morning. Participants can join in, either standing or sitting in a chair.
If you have a great idea for an activity that you would like to participate in or volunteer for, give Choices at Home a call.
Volunteering with Orange City Council can be a rewarding experience for the volunteer. A range of volunteering roles exist with Choices at Home and these include shopping, daily telephone calls, group activities, delivering meals and more. Call us today to become a volunteer.
What difference can you make as a volunteer?
- Providing an older person, or a person with disability, with regular social contact.
- Alerting authorities in the event of a problem.
- Improving the quality of life of an older person or a person with disability.
- Meeting new people and enjoying new activities.
Become a Volunteer
Become a Volunteer in 3 easy steps:
- Complete the Orange City Council Volunteer paperwork.
- Return the completed forms to Orange City Council.
- Once your application is approved, complete an induction and begin volunteering.
Plan your visit
The Community Services Centre ~ ‘Giyalang Ganya’ offers a variety of services and information to the residents of Orange and surrounding district, including frail older people, people with disability and their carers.
Monday – Friday
9am – 5pm
The Community Service Centre ~ Giyalang Ganya has a conference room available for hire to community groups and services. The conference room features:
- Tables and chairs
- Projector and screen
- DVD player
All technology is available for use by hirers upon request.
- Automatic doors
- Water wheel chair
- Wheel chair access
- Accessible changing rooms
- Accessible toilet and shower