Did you know that, according to the recent census, over 700,000 Australians over the age of 65 reported a need for assistance?

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Independence is vital as we get older – and we all want to keep it. Despite the focus on aged care facilities, most older Australians live successfully at home. Retaining your independence as you age has been shown to support better mental health, physical health and people’s sense of wellbeing and connection.

But keeping your independence gets harder as you get older. Sometimes you need some assistance so you can maintain your independence.

For instance, a key part of ageing well is your health – we all want to feel our best for as long as possible. To do that, we often need some help and support, especially as we age. It is why it is vital that we can get the services we need, whether it’s seeing a nurse or getting someone to come to your home to support you to stay there as long as possible.

We know that most older Australians want to age well at home with some help. Research from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety found that Australians of all ages would prefer to receive assistance at home so they can live independently for longer during their retirement years rather than enter an aged care facility.

This is why it so important we make sure that we help older Victorians to make sure they can get the support they want – so they can live their life on their terms. It can all be a bit difficult to navigate – whether that’s accessing aged care or deciding where to live. This is especially true if you struggle with the internet. So, do you know if the older person in your life is getting they support they need to keep independent and living well? If not, there’s help available.

COTA WISE helpline 

Our free telephone information services aim to make older people feel WISE – Welcome, Included, Supported and Empowered.

Care Finders

COTA Victoria’s Care Finder team supports vulnerable older people in South East Melbourne who would not be able to arrange services without with intensive support and who do not have a family member or friends who can help.

My Aged Care

My Aged Care can help vulnerable older people understand what aged care services are available, set up an assessment and find and choose services.

They also help people with access to other supports in the community. They can help with both accessing services for the first time and changing or finding new services and supports.

Government support

Get assistance choosing a retirement village with Consumer Affairs Victoria:

Access programs supporting independent living through the Department of Health:

Be Connected

Learn new digital skills with Be Connected!

Elders Rights Advocacy

For support with Commonwealth funded aged care services:

Find a Justice of the Peace at a Document signing station 

Search for a location near you through the Department of Justice and Community Safety Victoria website.

Seniors Online Victoria 

For further assistance, visit the Seniors Online Victoria website.

Your local council and local supports

Find support, engagement, and fun in your local area. Local councils across Victoria are leading the way with opportunities for connecting locally for all generations.

Whether you’re looking to get social, get active or get inspired this winter, check out what your local council and their partner organisations have on. Learn more on this page.