Choices at Home

 144 March Street
  (02) 6393 8968
  choices@orange.nsw.gov.au
  /choices.at.home

WELCOME

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. Follow these steps to register and access our services.

  1. Phone My Aged Care on 1800 200 422, (if you are over 65 years) or Phone NDIS on 1800 800 110 (if you are under 65 years living with disability)
  2. Request a referral to Choices at Home for the service you wish to receive
  3. Complete an assessment
  4. Choices at Home will receive your referral and make contact with you to arrange service delivery

Fees

There are fees for service with Choices at Home. 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.

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.

Menu

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

Community restaurant

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.

Minor Maintenance

The Minor Maintenance Service can link you with an approved contractor to assist with garden maintenance including lawn mowing and edging and removal of clippings.

Shopping Service

The Shopping Service will match you with a registered volunteer who can assist you with your shopping. Activities that your volunteer can assist with include:

  • Grocery shopping
  • Banking
  • Visiting the pharmacy
  • Paying utility bills

Your volunteer can even assist you with unpacking your shopping when you arrive home.

Home Visiting

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

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.

Craft group

The Craft Group meets every second Friday at Wontama to create a range of projects and enjoy a chat.

Men’s Group

The Men’s Group meets fortnightly on Thursdays to enjoy activities including bus trips and lunch.

Bus Trips

Every Tuesday and Thursday the Choices at Home bus heads out with a small group to explore local, regional and metropolitan sites.

Movie Mornings

Movie mornings are held once a month followed by lunch.

Yoga

Yoga is held every Monday morning. Participants can join in, either standing or sitting in a chair.

Ideas

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

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.
Download Volunteers Policy, Procedures and Application Form

Plan your visit

Choices at Home 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.

Opening hours
Monday – Friday
9am – 5pm