COVID-19 Service Update: Our Day Programs have reopened with daily limits, COVID-19 screening questions and venue changes in place, please call the centre for further information. Our Overnight Respite service is continuing to operate as normal.

Waratah Respite Services

Day Programs

Introduction about Social Support Groups

Social Support Groups

Looking for: Fun, Friendship, Choice, Empowerment and Adventure?

Our social support programs are run from our Coffs Harbour Centre at the Community Village, Monday to Friday 8.30am-3.30pm.

Waratah Seagulls Programs run from the Woolgoolga Community Village Hall on Wednesday and Friday 9.00am-3.00pm.

An individual plan is developed with each person and their carer to ensure any care needs are met, and activities are organised to enhance wellbeing and encourage independence.

Client Choices of Activities Include:
Bus trips and lunch outings, sing a longs, musical entertainment, visit from Bright Bessy companion dogs and local pre-schools, exercises, brainteasers, bingo, celebration of cultural and other events, gardening, art and crafts, woodworking, helping out at the Centres, and much more.

Extended Respite (Waratah Centre)
Clients can also stay at Waratah for a late pick up until 4.00pm during the week at no extra charge. Additional respite at the Centre outside these hours may be arranged at an additional cost.

Our Social support group and Centre based respite services are funded under the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP). A small client contribution fee is requested to attend but no one is turned away due to financial hardship and inability to pay.

Clients receiving Home Care Packages are also able to attend these programs with a client contribution fee requested from the person’s package.

Centre Based Respite

Our Centre Based Respite Programs at Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga provide family carers with a break from their caring role during the day.

This respite is run in conjunction with our social support programs so our respite clients can access all the same activities and care planning aimed at increasing independence and wellbeing.

Our Social support group and Centre based respite services are funded under the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP). A small client contribution fee is requested to attend but no one is turned away due to financial hardship and inability to pay.

Clients receiving Home Care Packages are also able to attend these programs with a client contribution fee requested from the person’s package.

We will continue to update the calendar as COVID-19 social distancing restrictions change.

Bus trips and lunch outings, sing a longs, musical entertainment, visit from Bright Bessy companion dogs and local pre-schools, exercises, brainteasers, bingo, celebration of cultural and other events, gardening, art and crafts, woodworking, helping out at the Centres, and much more.

Calendar

Waratah Day Program

Masonic Lodge 33 Mackays Road, COFFS HAROUR

9:00 am Fellowship / Independent games 9:45 am Morning Tea 10:15 am Exercises / Chair...

Seagulls Day Program

Waratah Seagulls Woolgoolga 8 Boundary Street, WOOLGOOLGA

9:00 am Fellowship / Independent games 9:30 am Morning Tea / History / Jokes 10:00...

Waratah Day Program

Masonic Lodge 33 Mackays Road, COFFS HAROUR

9:00 am Fellowship / Independent games 9:45 am Morning Tea 10:15 am This Day in...

Accessing Day Programs

If you are registered with My Aged Care and have the referrals codes for either Social Support Group or Centre Based Respite, please contact Waratah Respite Services. If not, please call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 to register for services. If you are still a bit unsure about the process please contact us, we are more than happy to help.

Admission Interview
All potential clients are required to attend an admission interview with the Team Leader Social Support to determine eligibility and priority of need. Please allow an hour for this visit as it is important that all paper-work is completed before day services commence.

In this interview information will be gathered regarding the history, care needs, personal interests and support goals. The information will help us to design our program to take into account your interests.

Our Common Goals

  • maintain skills
  • stay active
  • meet new people
  • do new things
  • reduce social isolation
  • improve self-esteem
  • improve well-being.

However each client of our service and their carer are provided with the opportunity to negotiate other goals that cater more specifically for individuality and individual needs. Staff will also discuss with you your three most important personal goals relating to independence, well-being and participation.

Important Notice
While Waratah Respite Services will endeavor to accommodate service requests for eligible persons, the service maybe refused in the following circumstances:

  • when a persons behaviours are too disruptive or detrimental to the group or pose a work health & safety risk
  • when a person is unable to transfer with minimal assistance as Waratah does not have the staff resources to manage that person safety
  • when a person requires extensive nursing care/high level personal care as Waratah does not have the staff resources to manage that person safety,
  • if a person would prefer to attend an alternate service.

In all circumstances Waratah Respite Services will assist you or your carer to identify an alternate provider that best meets your needs.

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We acknowledge the traditional custodians of country throughout Australia, in particular the Gumbaynggirr nation where we work, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to them and their cultures, and to the elders both past and present.

We celebrate diversity, foster inclusion and value a community where everyone belongs

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