Useful Guide for Seniors

1. Overview

Horsham Rural City Council is working towards being an Age Friendly Community.  

We offer a range of programs and opportunities to support older people to continue living independently and participate in community life.

In this section are some of the opportunities to support people to stay healthy, well and living in the community. 

2. Age Friendly Communities

Age friendly communities are places where older people live safely, enjoy good health and stay involved. Healthy ageing is the ability to live an active safe and socially inclusive lifestyle. In 2017 Horsham Rural City Council received a grant to support their development as an age friendly place.

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When looking at the age friendliness of a place, we consider

  • Public spaces that are accessible i.e. roads, footpaths, buildings, club rooms
  • Public spaces including cultural venues and green spaces that meet a broad range of interests and needs
  • Housing that is appropriate, meets older people’s needs and is affordable
  • Transportation to enable people to stay independent and participate
  • Social Participation opportunities that meet a broad range of needs and interests
  • Opportunities to contribute that interest people including the opportunity to volunteer, work in paid employment.

See Horsham's Age Friendly City action list(PDF, 841KB), checklist(PDF, 224KB) and agreement(PDF, 94KB)

3. Transport

Public transport

For information about public transport in Victoria visit the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) website for timetables, trip planning and Horsham bus timetable. Look under plan to find timetables and trip planner to plan a journey. 

Public transport call centre

Call 1800 800 007 and select option 2.

Call centre staff can help answer your public transport questions. They can also help you plan your journey.

Horsham bus timetables

Timetables are also located on the Wimmera Roadways website or in hard copy from bus drivers at the bus stop in Roberts Avenue near the Coles supermarket.

The Multi Purpose Taxi Program (MPTP)

This program makes transport more affordable for people with a severe disability. For information and eligibility criteria phone 1800 638 802 or visit the MPTP website.  

Disability parking

A statewide Disability Parking Permit Scheme operates in Victoria. For information and eligibility criteria see the VicRoads website

Application forms are available from HRCC Reception, 18 Roberts Avenue Horsham. Phone: (03) 5382 9777. The completed form must be returned to your local council.

Permit renewal: Each permit has an expiry date. Permit holders should contact Council prior to the permit expiry date to determine renewal requirements.

Do you need assistance with transport?

Transport to access your local community may be available through the Centre for Participation: Telephone 5381 6701. They provide transport through the Commonwealth Home Support Program to assist eligible people to get out and about for shopping or appointments.

You must meet eligibility requirements, be registered and assessed on My Aged Care and be referred for transport.

Phone My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or see the My Aged Care website

4. Staying active and connected

The following local and government based groups and agencies offer you to be active and connected to other people.

  • My Community Directory provides up-to-date information for community organisations who provide services in the Horsham area. Talk with HRCC reception for hard copy information: Phone: (03) 5382 9777
  • Horsham U3A. Phone (03) 5382 6654
  • Horsham Aquatic Centre. Phone (03) 5382 2576
  • Senior Citizens Centres
  • Seniors Victoria 
  • COTA Victoria is the leading not-for-profit organisation representing the interests and rights of people aged 50 plus in Victoria. Phone: (03) 9655 2100
  • Mens Sheds Horsham and Natimuk. Phone: 1300 550 009 or see http://wimmerapcp.org.au/mens-sheds
  • Movie and a Meal is an informal opportunity to join a group of older people to enjoy a movie at Horsham Cinema Centre at 10am on the first Thursday of the month
  • Seniors Online: If you are aged over 60 and working less than 35 hours per week in paid employment or fully retired, and a permanent resident of Australia, residing in Victoria you can apply for a Seniors Card. The Seniors Card provides opportunities to access discounts on goods and services and free or concession public transport.

5. Are you caring for someone?

If you are looking after someone who has a chronic illness, mental health condition, physical disability, intellectual disability, or is addicted to drugs or alcohol, then you may be considered a carer. You may be looking after a child with special needs, a parent or other family member, a spouse or partner or a friend. 

  • If you are a carer, you might be able to access support services to help you in your caring role. Phone: 1800 422 737, visit the Carer Gateway website  or talk to our Home Support Unit. Phone: (03) 5382 9715
  • If you are caring for someone with dementia it may be useful to talk to Dementia Australia. Phone: National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500 
  • Payments for carers:
    The Australian Government may provide payments to people who provide daily care for someone with severe disability, a medical condition, or who is frail aged. Phone 132 717 or visit the Department of Human Services website.
  • The Companion Card is for people with a significant, permanent disability, who can demonstrate that they are unable to access most community activities and venues without attendant care support Victorian Companion Card Information Line: Phone: 1800 650 611
  • The Carers Card provides discounts and benefits to carers. Phone the Carer Card team on 1800 901 958.

6. Future planning 

Downsizing and accommodation options

Do you need help to stay at home? 

  • Council's Home Support Unit provides a range of services to support and assist the frail, aged people with moderate disabilities, and their carers, to remain living independently in their homes.
  • For help with housing see the Victorian Government housing website
  • If you are homeless or at risk of homelessness phone 1800 825 955
  • Universal Design relates to the accessibility of housing and the built environment for all in order to create a more inclusive world. The principles can be applied to products, buildings and open spaces, as well as learning programs, services, policies and all kinds of practices. Visit the Universal Design website

Do you need residential care?

Residential aged care facilities are located in Horsham and Natimuk

  1. Sunnyside Lutheran Retirement Village: Phone (03) 5382 0034
  2. Wimmera Health Care Group Wimmera Nursing Home: Phone (03) 5381 9307
  3. Wimmera Health Care Group Kurrajong Lodge: Phone (03) 5381 9271
  4. Natimuk Centre - West Wimmera Health Service: Phone (03) 5363 4400

7. Do you have a concern?

Advocacy

Advocacy is the process of standing beside someone and supporting them to understand and exercise their rights and have their voice heard on the issues that are important to them. Contact the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN). Phone 1800 700 600.

Elder abuse

Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust such as a family member or friend. The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect.

For help with elder abuse phone 1300 368 821 or visit the Seniors Rights website.

Aged Care Complaints

If you have a concern or complaint about an aged care home or services delivered in your own home through the Commonwealth Home Support Program, the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission can support you. Phone: 1800 951 822

8. Help at home

Council offers services and support to help people who need some assistance to live in their own homes and to stay connected within the Horsham Rural City community.

  • Supports older people in their homes and the community. The Australian Government provide funding through the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) for those (65 years plus or over 50 years for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders) who need some assistance to remain living independently in their homes
  • Supports people under 65 years of age who require additional support to continue living at home through the Victorian Government Home and Community Care Program (HACC).

These programs are designed to work alongside residents to support them to achieve their wellness and reablement goals.

To learn more about our services or to talk to us about your needs, call 5382 9795. Eligibility and assessment criteria apply.

How we work with you

Depending on your need, the following types of services may be available:

  • Transport assistance – to get out and about for shopping or appointments
  • Domestic assistance – household jobs like cleaning, clothes washing and ironing
  • Personal care – help with bathing or showering, dressing, hair care and going to the toilet
  • Home maintenance – minor general repair and care of your house and/or yard, for example, changing light bulbs, replacing tap washers, pruning vegetation, cleaning gutters
  • Meals - Healthy and culturally appropriate meals brought to you at home
  • Respite - to give carers a break from their caring role. This can be in the home or in the community. For example, someone may stay with you at home whilst your carer has a break and visits a friend or goes shopping.

Who can receive the service?

We service people who live in the Horsham Rural City Council boundaries. Our service welcomes people from all cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We can arrange an interpreter or other cultural supports.

Get in touch with us

To learn more about our services or to talk to us about your needs, call (03) 5382 9795 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Eligibility and assessment criteria apply.

The way to access assistance to remain living at home will depend on your age

If you are 65 years plus or over 50 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders contact the My Aged Care contact centre Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturdays 10am to 2pm. Phone 1800 200 422.

Translating and Interpreting Service: call 131 450 and ask for 1800 200 422. National Relay Service: visit the Relay Service website to choose your preferred access point or call the NRS Helpdesk on 1800 555 660.

Fees and Charges

The Australian and Victorian Governments fund Home Support Programs so service providers can deliver affordable services to you. However there is a fee for each service. 

What you pay is discussed and agreed upon between you and your service provider. Fees are updated every year. 

For information on how service costs are calculated or for further information please call us on (03) 53829795.

Your feedback

We welcome your feedback. If you would like to give us feedback, please email us or phone (03) 5382 9715.

Aged Care Complaints 

If you have a concern or complaint about an aged care home or services delivered in your own home through the Commonwealth Home Support Program, the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission can support you. Phone 1800 951 822 or lodge a complaint online.