Your aged care home will organise social and other activities from time to time, and you can take part in as many or as few as you like.
Many aged care homes have leisure and lifestyle staff. Let them know about your hobbies and interests, so they can help you continue with them while you are in the home. They might also be able to suggest different things to try.
Activities might be organised between the residents, or involve people from the community. You and your family can let the aged care home know which of these you're interested in and have a say in what is planned. Your aged care home should also help you attend social activities outside the home. Your aged care home may charge you for transport to these activities.
Even if you move into an aged care home, your family, friends or carer are still a part of your life. If you like, they can speak with the staff at your aged care home about how they can still help out and continue to play a role in your care.
If you are feeling alone and don’t have regular contact with family or friends, the Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) can provide opportunities for social contact.
The CVS can organise volunteers to visit residents of Australian Government subsidised aged care homes and people receiving home care packages. CVS organisations have coordinators in each state and territory who will match you with a suitable regular visitor. They can also link you with a group in your aged care home based on your interests, hobbies and background.
If you would like a community visitor, you can let your aged care home know. Your family and friends can also let the home know if they think you would benefit from the CVS. Your aged care home may also approach the CVS directly. If the staff at your aged care home are unaware of the CVS and you would like to find a CVS organisation in your area, contact the CVS Network Member in your state or territory, or contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422.
CVS Services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people
As part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Ageing and Aged Care Strategy the government made grants available from 2013-14 to expand the CVS to cater for the needs of LGBTI people. The government currently funds four CVS Auspices to provide LGBTI CVS services in:
- New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory
- Western Australia.
Visitors from ex-service organisations
If you are a veteran, war widow or war widower, or member of the veteran community, you may be able to invite representatives from ex-service organisations (ESOs) to visit you. If you would like someone to visit, you or your family can contact the local branch of the appropriate organisation to make arrangements.