Older residents, carers invited to Ageing Well forum

Older residents and their carers are invited to a positive ageing forum tomorrow at the NEST at East Grampians Health Service, aimed specifically at those who are wanting to stay in their own home as they age.

Council CEO Dr Tim Harrison said the Ageing Well forum is a great opportunity for older residents and the people who care for them to learn more about the services on offer to help them stay in their own home for longer.

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The meeting will cover many subjects including how to navigate the My Aged Care system, the assessment process and legal advice about power of attorney.

“We know a lot of our older residents want to continue living independently and there are a lot of services on offer that can help them do this,” Dr Harrison said.

Ararat Rural City Council has partnered with East Grampians Health Service, Grampians Community Health and Villa Maria Catholic Homes to offer the forum for free but it is recommended to make a booking.

“Asking for help certainly doesn’t mean losing control over your decision making,” Dr Harrison said.

“In fact, getting a little help with daily activities can help you retain your self-sufficiency and provide you with the ability to stay living at home longer rather than move into an aged care facility.”

“A lot of older residents who have sought support say they wished they had done it sooner, so it’s really worth investigating what you can access.”

The forum will run from 10am to 11:30am tomorrow morning at East Grampians Health Service on Girdlestone Street. People can phone East Grampians Health Service to secure their spot.