Out and about
Blue Haven Care provides a range of community services for people who are frail aged and their carers and a wide range of activities and services to ensure you remain an active member of society and continue to enjoy time with other people for as long as possible. We also offer respite to carers who play such a valuable role in the community.
Our team offers the very best in community support services in a relaxed, attentive and caring way.
Blue Haven Care offers a variety of activities to ensure you stay connected with the local community:
- social bus trip outings to various destinations weekly (Wednesday)
- one-on-one social support with shopping, mailing, banking and social coffee outings
- friendly visits, including assistance with card or letter writing
- shopping trips including Kiama Village, out-of-area shopping centres and weekend markets
- men’s social groups. Men tend to have smaller social circles than women and can feel more isolated, so Blue Haven Care offers a men’s social group, a men’s walking group to increase health and wellbeing, and a drop-in centre to support the needs of socially isolated men. The men’s social group meets every Thursday between 1.30pm-3.30pm, and the men’s walking group meets each Friday between 9.30am-11.30am at the Joyce Wheatley Community Centre in Hindmarsh Park, Kiama
- pet therapy is also included in the social activities at the Centre.
Getting together with other people is a great way to stay connected to the local community and to make new friends.
Blue Haven Care’s Social Group (The Seaside Group) meets twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays from 10am – 1.30pm during school terms. The group is focused on social interaction and is programmed by a qualified co-ordinator, with the support of local volunteers. The Group is suitable for frail aged persons, living independently within the community. However, priority of access is given to people with dementia (low level only).
It includes transport, morning tea, entertainment, games, arts & crafts, guest speakers, and the chance to chat to others in an informal, relaxed environment.
The emphasis of the group is social interaction, with group members welcome to choose what activities they wish to participate in during their time. A variety of activities, as well as guest speakers from the community are included frequently in the program.
Who is it for?
Centre-Based Day Care is for older people with low to medium support needs living in the Kiama Local Government Area. Priority of access is given to people with mild to moderate dementia. Referrals can be made by individuals, carers, family members, friends or government and non-government agencies by phoning the Kiama Community Centre on (02) 4232 0475. People being referred will be assessed by the Coordinator to determine their eligibility for the group prior to them joining. The referrer must have the person’s permission to make the referral before it will be accepted.
Having the means to get around town as needed – for appointments, social activities or shopping – is very important for staying active. Blue Haven Care offers the following transport options for those who require assistance in this way:
- individual health transport to local GPs and/or to specialist medical appointments (Nowra to North Sydney)
- individual and group local transport for social activities
- group shopping to Kiama Village, Stockland Shellharbour, Warilla Grove and Aldi , Albion Park
- bus hire
- weekend market trips to Kiama, Gerringong, Berry, Shellharbour and Warrawong
- local Taxi Voucher Scheme for transport disadvantaged people living in the Kiama Local Government Area
- “travel training”, including assisting people to understand timetables and access public transport so they can remain independent.
Care for carers
Carers pay a hugely valuable role in the local community and Blue Haven Care offers a number of activities and groups to ensure they are supported and looked after too.
- a Carer Support Group provides an opportunity for carers to come together and discuss their needs, experiences and listen to guest speakers. The group gathers every third Thursday of the month, from 10am-12pm at the Harbourside Building, Terralong Street, Kiama.
- respite for carers of people with early to moderate dementia is provided by Twilight Tours on Monday and Friday from 12.30pm to 4:30pm, with a socially inclusive & supported bus outing and afternoon tea.
- a Carers Afternoon Tea occurs every second Friday of each month from 1:30pm-3:30pm at the Joyce Wheatley Community Centre in Hindmarsh Park, Kiama providing an opportunity for carers to express and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings. It’s also a chance to unwind and make new friends.
- a Carers Café takes place on the first Thursday of every month at Gerringong Bowling Club from 10am-11.30am. It provides an opportunity for carers to share, discuss and assist each other through a process of mutual aid and to explore other available services. The person being cared for is also invited to attend.
- one-on-one respite which can be in-home, or out and about in the community
- respite bowling is an activity for younger people with a disability which takes place on Tuesday nights at Shellharbour Ten Pin Bowling from 5pm-9pm.