The Holdsworth Home Connect program is designed to support socially isolated older people who are living alone in their own home.
This is our “safety net” program for people who may be without someone taking a regular interest in their wellbeing.
Most of the individuals supported by the program either do not have family who are readily available or do not want to involve their family in the issues they need to deal with as they age.
The Home Connect program involves:
- A program officer who conducts an initial visit to determine the needs of the individual
- The program officer makes referrals to appropriate services, if required and provides support to assist in solving issues the participant may be facing
- The program officer also connects participants with a volunteer who can make regular weekly home visits or calls, and work with the person if there is a need for additional support
Our volunteers are trained to provide social support and visit on average for 1-2 hours per week. In their visit they may take tea/coffee and have chat, read to the participant and offer assistance with tasks such as writing cheques to pay bills. They may be the only regular visitor and aim to provide a meaningful friendship.
Volunteers are trained to raise the alarm if the person cannot be reached or has further decline and are in need of additional support.
If you would like to find out more about how Holdsworth Community can help you or your family member, please call us on 02 9302 3600 or email [email protected]
In order to access our services, which are primarily funded by the Australian Government, you must first register with My Aged Care by calling 1800 200 422. You can then ask to be referred to Holdsworth Community and to any other service providers of your choice. Talk to us first if you need any assistance in registering.