What home support services are there for older people?

A woman delivering a meal to an older man.  

We provide a number of services to help older people who need extra support or who have a disability to live independently in their own homes and the community.

Home care

We can assist with household tasks like vacuuming, assistance with laundry, cleaning the bathroom and unescorted shopping.

Personal care

Personal care services can assist you with important daily care tasks.

We can help you with showering, dressing, personal hygiene and grooming.

Respite care

A home carer will come to your home to support you so that the person who takes care of you can have a break.

Home maintenance

We help make your home a safe environment by assisting with minor repairs and maintenance such as lawn mowing and changing smoke alarm batteries.

Home modifications

Following a referral from an Occupational Therapist we assist with the installation of ramps, handrails and other safety equipment.

Community transport

A community bus provides you with free transport to our day centres, organised activities, or shopping trips.

Social support

You can join in with our organised recreational activities, events and social support networks to keep you active and involved in community life.

Social support for individuals

We can take you shopping and escort you to medical appointments.

Food services

We deliver nutritious meals to your home. You can also come to one of our centres and enjoy a meal with other people in your area.

Willoview Centre

Come along to our Willowview Centre for the day to enjoy lunch and fun activities such as yoga, exercise sessions, card games, craft or cooking.

How do I access these services?

If you are not a current client of Yarra City Council you will need to contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 to register your details to arrange an assessment.

The assessor will then make an arrangement to assess you in your own home.

Need an interpreter?

If you need an interpreter you need to contact My Aged Care who can arrange an interpreter for you.

Is there a fee?

There is a fee charged for most of our Aged and Disability Services. However, the fee varies according to the type of services you receive and your income.

Companion animal support program

This is a free service that helps older people in Yarra care for their pets at home.

The program matches the older person with a volunteer who can provide assistance with:

  • exercising
  • feeding
  • cleaning
  • grooming

Pets provide great support and companionship. The program helps older people to care for their pets, so they do not need to give them up if some tasks become too difficult.

If you are an older person who is interested in receiving assistance from a companion or if you are a volunteer who would like to get involved in the program contact Yarra City Council on 9205 5555 or email info@yarracity.vic.gov.au.