We understand that all of us need to feel and be part of our community to thrive. We need opportunities and connections to meet other people, to be acknowledged, to laugh, to be included and to be missed when we are not there.
At Southcare, we provide these opportunities and connections to be social whether it’s one-on-one, in groups, at home or out, through our Social Centre, our Community Visitors service or through our aged care social support services.
Community Visitors Service
For many years now, Volunteers from Southcare have been visiting elderly people in the community who are lonely or whose quality of life could be improved by regular friendship and companionship. It is often a rewarding experience for both the visitor and the aged person receiving them.
The visit is social in nature and may be at the aged person’s home or in an aged care facility. It may involve a chat over a cup of tea, a walk around the garden or reading a book together. Perhaps the aged person has mobility limitations, health difficulties or is shy at first. Our Volunteers understand that and will do their best to make the visit pleasant and comfortable. Visits may be one-to-one or be a visit with two aged persons at the same time.
Southcare’s Community Visitors service is funded by the Federal Government. All Southcare’s Volunteers are police cleared and receive training to provide this community service.
To find out if you or your loved one is eligible for this free community service, please contact us on (08) 9450 6233.
Southcare Social Centre
Our Social Centre is a place for Southcare’s clients and their carers to meet new people and make new friendships and connections outside of home.
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Some of the regular activities at the Centre include:
- Outings – Restaurants, day trips, art galleries, visits to the beach
- Entertainment – Singing, Dancing, Movies
- Shopping Bus Trips – Leisure and Groceries
- Relaxation – Yoga, Meditation, Craft, Quiet Time
- Men’s Groups
Our Social Centre is open to our clients who include frail and aged persons, people with a disability, Aboriginal elders, people with dementia and our clients’ carers.