Adult Day Service
The Adult Day Service provides Planned Activity Groups and Respite for Carers in the form of The Alexander Club, The Out & Out Club and respite holidays. Trained staff and volunteers are there to assist. The Clubs provides a regular opportunity for meeting peers, enjoying a drive, conversation, an activity, reminiscence, a ‘home-cooked’ meal and regular outings.
The HACC target group encompasses frail older people, people with dementia and people with a disability of all ages; also geographical, social or cultural isolation. They may or may not need assistance with personal care, and to participate in activities. Financial disadvantage should not prevent access, as fees can be negotiated.
HACC Planned Activity Groups aim ‘to maintain an individual’s ability to live at home and in the community, by providing a planned program of activities directed at enhancing the skills required for daily living and providing physical, intellectual, emotional and social stimulation. They also provide opportunities for social interaction as well as respite and support for carers’.
Respite for carers is aimed at providing useful centre-based respite on a regular basis. Initial assessment for eligibility is required, and to discuss any specific needs.
Contact the ADS Coordinator to arrange a home visit or make an appointment to attend at the Adult Day Service Office, Castlemaine Health.
Ph: 54711498 Mobile: 0419 589 049
Funding for the Adult Day Service comes from the following sources:
The Home and Community Care Program ( HACC ) for Planned Activity Groups (formerly ADASS) and Respite – Overnight.
National Respite for Carers Program (NRCP) to provide centre-based respite for carers, particularly to meet the needs of those caring for a person with dementia and also respite for employed carers.
Community Care Options – to integrate people with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) into Planned Activity Groups, or to provide ABI specific Planned Activity Groups.
Carer Support Services for Dementia specific respite programs.
THE ADULT DAY SERVICE
The Adult Day Service provides Planned Activity Groups and Respite Services for people in Mount Alexander Shire who live in their own homes in the community.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR ADULT DAY SERVICES?
- frail, older people
- people who are geographically,
culturally or socially isolated
- people with memory loss/dementia
- people with Acquired Brain Injury
- people with disabilities
- carers of those above
- carers who are also in employment
REFERRALS TO THE SERVICE
Referrals are accepted from any source including self, family and friends. Assessment for eligibility is required.
A low rate of fees applies to people who
receive a full or part pension.
If you have a high income or you are on a care or support package there is an hourly rate.
Extra costs for monthly outings are indicated on the monthly activity program.
Inability to pay cannot be used as a basis for refusing service to people who have been assessed as requiring the service.
Contact the office for more information. Volunteers are welcome.
PLANNED ACTIVITY GROUPS
The Alexander Club
The Alexander Club operates four days a week. It enables older people to enjoy company, activities, a ‘home-cooked’ meal and regular outings. Trained support staff and volunteers are present. Activities are planned with members. They aim to assist each person to keep active and connected to the community.
Join the Wayward Bowlers for carpet bowls at Wesley Hill Hall. Keep active and enjoy company followed by a light lunch. 10.30 – 12.30
This planned activity group is for people with acquired brain injury who are interested in the creative arts. 12 noon – 3pm Tuesday afternoons at Campbells Creek Community Centre. Monthly outings.
The Out & Out Club
Unique in this region: an evening activity and social club for young adults with disabilities. The Club is based at Harcourt Leisure Centre. Groups are held on Thursday evenings from 6pm – 9pm. Activities include table tennis, craft, bowls, outings and more outings! Once a month is the popular Girls’ night and Guys’ night. A meal is provided. Some overnight holidays and events are planned.
Limited transport can be organised or provided according to need.
If you are caring for someone at home, weekly centre-based respite (social activities) can be provided. Respite Club operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Harcourt Leisure Centre and includes men’s specific activities. Priority is given if you are caring for a person with dementia. Transport is available if needed.
Several short holidays of 2 – 3 nights are planned over the course of the year, in order to provide a break for carers. Couples are welcome.
An opportunity for planned overnight respite at a holiday house in Bendigo with Adult Day Service staff in attendance.
Morning tea, peer support and information exchange – Second Monday of the month 10.00am-11.30am at Campbells Creek Community Centre.
Strength Training for Carers
Keep strong for your caring role.
Facillitated by a qualified instructor. Optional: go for a cuppa at a local café afterwards.
Adult Day Service Centres
Campbells Creek Community Service
(Mon Tue Wed Fri)
Harcourt Leisure Centre
Mills Road, Harcourt
(Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu eve, Fri)
Wesley Hill Hall
Duke Street, Castlemaine
Mostyn Sreet, Castlemaine
For all enquiries contact the service:
phone: (03) 5471 1566
fax: (03) 5472 4546
Supported by funding from Australian and Victorian Governments under the HACC Program and National Respite for Carers Program