Getting older is inevitable - UnitingCare Community recognise that this sometimes comes with difficulties.
We offer programs and fundamental support for seniors whatever their situation.
Whether it be grandparents who are the primary carers of their grandchildren or those looking for some additional information on services in their local area, our support for seniors provides this.
Our services for seniors consist of Time for Grandparents, aimed at offering telephone support, referrals, information and organised time out for grandparents as well as helping grandparents with ensuring the lives of their grandchildren are active and engaging. We help by funding overnight family and cultural camps, organising recreational activities like girl guides, rugby league, youth clubs, dancing, little athletics and more.
The help needed by older people in our community can be broad, they might need assistance finding a bus timetable or something more complex like talking about a family dispute. Another of our services, The Seniors Enquiry Line is a point of contact for seniors who need advice on topics just like these and others like concessions, independent living, finance, legal issues, health or retirement.
Other support for older people in our community include the Personal Alarms service for frail older people to alert emergency services or family if they need help, the Elder Abuse Prevention Unit which helps older people subject to abuse, mistreatment or exploitation with a support helpline, and information and referral for victims or witnesses of elder abuse, a program for isolated older people focusing on keeping them active and involved in their life. We also provide door-to-door transport options through the Community Care Transport program. Clients can use the service for medical appointments, social events, visiting friends and family, and to go to their local shopping centre.
Our Community Connections Program provides services for eligible North Queenslanders in social support, community transport and a personal home alarm system.
No matter the circumstance, UnitingCare Community commit to equipping seniors in Queensland with the support and information to feel safe and secure in their community.
We are always looking for volunteers that want to support our seniors. As a volunteer you will engage in regular visits or calls to our seniors so you can help reduce social isolation and even encourage seniors to participate in more activities. Volunteers visit once a week or fortnight and share a cup of coffee and a few stories with clients. The difference this little bit of contact can make on clients' quality of life is enormous. This volunteer role is available in Rockhampton, Gladstone, Townsville and Cairns.