Active Ageing Programs

Support services for older people and their carers.

My Aged Care

The City of Unley Active Ageing team receives funding from the Australian Government to provide the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP). The CHSP provides entry-level support services for older people and their carers.

This funded program assists residents:

  • To remain living independently in their own home and community
  • Maintain their quality of life and wellbeing, and
  • Avoid early admission into a residential aged care facility.

To access all Commonwealth Home Program Support, you will first need to register with My Aged Care (MAC) who will issue you a reference number (AC number). In most situations you may also need a home assessment by a Regional Assessor who can help you decide what levels of support you need and refer you to an agency who can best meet your needs. If you would like to access a City of Unley Active Ageing Service, you can nominate City of Unley as your preferred provider.

To contact My Aged Care call 1800 200 422 or visit the My Aged Care website.

Eastern Region SRF Program

The Eastern Region SRF program provides social support and activities to help residents living in 'pension-only' Supported Residential Facilities (SRFs), in the Cities of Unley, Burnside and Prospect, to remain connected to their community.
Residents are encouraged to maintain their independence, with support in keeping up existing interests and exploring new ones. Social and recreational opportunities are a primary focus. However, the program also assists residents through the provision of linkages to a variety of services including advocacy, information, counselling and community resources.
Since 2010, the City of Unley has coordinated the ERSRF Program. Council will continue to oversee the service with a new provider to take over delivery from 1 July 2018. Domestic and carers support will continue to be provided to residents with a disability during the 2018/19 financial year.

Home Assist

The Home Assist Scheme aims to contribute to resident safety, minimise hazards inside and outside the home and enable residents to maintain an independent lifestyle.

Client contribution fees apply to all Home Assist services. 
For more information, please phone the Home Assist Team on 8372 5111.

  • Home Assist Scheme | Domestic & Home Support Services

    These services aim to provide frail older people with assistance with domestic chores to maintain their capacity to manage everyday activities in a safe and secure home environment.

    A client contribution fee applies to all Home Assist services.

    For further information regarding the Home Assist services including fees and frequency please phone the Home Assist Team on 8372 5111.

    Services can be provided as a short-term service to assist residents who have recently been discharged from hospital or have recently experienced a significant change in circumstance.

    Services can also be offered ongoing, however capacity is limited.

    Domestic Assistance is provided in the home and refers to:

    • General house cleaning including bed making
    • Unaccompanied and accompanied shopping
    • Laundry assistance 


    Interior Spring Clean

    This service aims to assist residents with heavier cleaning and may include cleaning tops of cupboards, cupboard doors, light fittings and window sills, high dusting, ceiling and exhaust fans, removal of cob webs, oven cleaning, removing curtains for washing, wiping bathroom tiles and shower alcoves.

    Window Cleaning

    Includes interior and exterior windows and sills and may also involve taking down window screens where possible.

    Residents are required to provide their own equipment and cleaning materials for all spring clean and domestic services.

  • Home Assist Scheme | Home Maintenance & Modification Services

    These services aim to assist residents to maintain their independence, safety, accessibility and health and wellbeing within the home environment both inside and outside to ensure the home is maintained in a safe and habitable condition.

    Minor home maintenance repairs and tasks available are:

    • Changing light globes and tap washers
    • Installation of key safe boxes and magnetic door catches
    • Replacement of smoke alarm batteries and installation of smoke alarm devices
    • Minor carpentry and fencing
    • Fly wire screen repairs. 

    Assistance with Council’s hard waste removal is also available. Other tasks and repairs can be discussed with the Home Assist team.

    Gutter Cleaning 

    Conditions apply, please discuss with the Home Assist team.

    Home Modifications

    Referral for Occupational Therapist Assessment, installation of grab rails and other home modifications as recommended by an Occupational Therapist.
  • Home Assist Scheme | Garden Maintenance

    These services aim to contribute to resident safety and minimise hazards such as obstructed access to pathways and washing lines, possible fire hazards and the reduction of overgrowth to improve security and alleviate attraction of pests.

    Our own friendly handyperson or contractors deliver these services. Some work may require an assessment before work can commence.

    Garden Maintenance

    Basic pruning and general gardening services such as light weeding/slashing, sweeping, raking and general garden tidy to improve safety and accessibility in the garden. Height limitations apply to all pruning work and service does not include lawn mowing. Services are limited to a maximum of 12 hours per annum (subject to funding).

    Volunteer Gardening Program

    Annual gardening service to assist with basic duties and garden beautification such as rose pruning, light trimming of shrubs and hedges, re-potting and mulching of garden beds. Assessment is required.

    Garden Cutting Removal

    Removal of excess green waste. Limits apply.

Community Transport

The Community Transport Program offers transport assistance to eligible Unley residents to attend Medical appointments, health related appointments and some Social inclusion activities within the City of Unley.

Volunteer drivers, using their own vehicles, and one that has been provided by the Bendigo Bank Goodwood Branch, provide a door-to-door transport service Monday to Friday.

All transport services are dependent on the availability of Volunteers and must be arranged with the Community Transport Coordinator.
Two way transport can be provided to appointments within the Council area and one way transport to major hospitals and specialist appointments can be accessed.

For more information on the service, please phone the Community Transport Coordinator on 8372 5111

Meet Me Monday

2nd and 4th Monday of each Month, 10am – 2pm

Free social support program for residents with early stages of Dementia or memory loss, and their Carers. 

The program is open to residents of the City of Unley, City of Tea Tree Gully, City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters, Town of Walkerville, Campbelltown City Council, City of Burnside and City of Prospect.

Participants enjoy a fun and friendly day with a variety of activities including tasty lunches cooked onsite, games, bus trips, guest speakers, exercise and art.

Meet Me Monday offers a great opportunity to relax while developing friendships and support networks within your local community.

Enquires contact Program Coordinator Stella Oppes on 8372 5128. Registration is via My Aged Care.

Social Connections

Our Social Connections programs are designed to provide volunteer based social support to eligible elderly residents who are socially isolated. Each program supports residents to feel socially connected within their community.

For more information about our programs, please phone the program coordinator on 8372 5144.

  • A Day at the Market

    For a gold coin donation eligible residents are invited to participate in the Central Market Program.  

    On the first Tuesday of the month, the community bus provides return transport from your front door to Adelaide's Central Market.

    Share this outing with other Unley residents, with volunteer assistance if needed. After a stroll through the market, the group meets to enjoy lunch and coffee together. 

  • Coffee Chat ‘n’ Connect

    Enjoy shopping with company followed by conversation over coffee and cake.

    Every second Wednesday afternoon of the month, a group of eligible residents meet at the Unley Shopping Centre. This is an opportunity to get together and catch up with other Social Shopping friends and volunteers.

    A volunteer will drive you to and from the shopping centre and can assist you with bringing your purchases into your home.

    There is no cost for this service.

  • Community Harvest

    A fortnightly service that delivers fresh fruit and vegetables to eligible residents. Every second Thursday, fresh produce is delivered to your front door by a friendly volunteer for a small cost.

    A client contribution applies.

  • Friendly Visiting

    A one-on-one volunteer support provided to eligible residents. Maybe a visit to your home for a cup of tea and conversation, an opportunity to play a board game, or time to get ‘out and about’ somewhere close by? Regular visits by a volunteer, who is matched with a resident, can be arranged to encourage reconnection with others, and to look forward to time spent doing things you enjoy.

    There is no cost to the resident for this service.

  • Exchanging Memories

    Exchanging Memories supports eligible residents who have some memory loss. Would you like to reminisce and celebrate your life and past experiences, share your history or stories, or simply share a coffee and chat? Skilled volunteers are matched with residents to share these experiences.

    There is no cost to the resident for this service.

Community Visitors Scheme

The Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) is a volunteer based program aiming to reduce isolation for older people, and improve their quality of life.

Volunteers provide friendly visiting to residents on a regular basis.  Residents are matched with a volunteer who has similar interests or background. 

Three programs are offered for eligible residents:

  • One-to-one visiting for residents living in a Commonwealth funded residential aged care facility
  • ​Group visiting for residents living in a Commonwealth funded residential aged care facility
  • One-to-one visiting for residents living in their own home, and who are in receipt of a Home Care Package.

Anticipated quality of life improvements for participating residents are:

  • Increased self-esteem or general feeling of well-being
  • Diminished feelings of depression, anxiety, loneliness and isolation
  • Increased sense of purpose and connection to the community.

Volunteers are needed!

Visiting once a fortnight for an hour can make a real difference. It allows residents to maintain links with our community and enhances their quality of life.

Volunteers find the friendship formed through their visits to be very enjoyable. There are so many activities that will make your visit a rewarding experience. From just talking or reading, to playing cards, having a coffee, helping with craft activities or even picking footy tips. 

We are also seeking volunteers who speak European languages such as Greek, Italian or German.

Some out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed and volunteers are provided with training and ongoing support. For further information on the service, or if you are interested in becoming a CVS volunteer please contact the CVS Coordinator on 8372 5191.

RECHARGE Scheme Australia

We now have recharge points for people who use mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs so that they can top up their batteries while they are out and about.

RECHARGE Point logos are displayed on the windows of participating locations and there are also Recharge Point logos placed above or near the power points which have been designated for use.

Our Recharge point locations are: 

  • Foyer of the Civic Centre (Unley Road entrance), 181 Unley Road, Unley
  • Unley Library, 181 Unley Road, Unley (entrance off Oxford Terrace)
  • Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur Street, Unley
  • Goodwood Community Centre, 32-34 Rosa Street, Goodwood
  • Fullarton Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton
  • Unley Swimming Centre, Ethel Street, Forestville

For a full list of RECHARGE Point locations visit the Recharge Australia website.


Resources & Feedback 

PDF Resources

Active Ageing Programs

Conditions of Service Commonwealth Home Support Program

Active Ageing Privacy and Confidentiality

Charter of Care Recipients’ Rights and Responsibilities – Home Care


For information and support visit Catalyst Foundation.

To find out what aged care services may be available to help you visit My Aged Care.


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