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Adelaide Hills Council offers a range of services and supports for older residents that support them to remain at home and within the community that they know for as long as possible.

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Age Friendly Community Strategic Plan

To make the Hills an even better place to grow older, Council's Age Friendly Community Strategic Plan was adopted in October 2017 and provides the strategic directions to support an age-friendly community and builds on Council’s existing strategies that support wellbeing.

The Age Friendly Community Strategic Plan has four goals to support older people to live a fulfilling life in the Adelaide Hills:

  1. A range of housing in well serviced townships supports people to age in the Adelaide
  2. Our places and spaces are safe, accessible and welcoming
  3. Our residents are well informed and well-resourced as they age
  4. Older people make valued contributions to community life.

Find out about all things positive ageing in the Hills

Hills Home and Community Support

At Adelaide Hills Council we support eligible older residents to maintain their independence in their home and within their community.

Assistance may be provided by staff, contractors or volunteers while services are funded by Council, State and Federal Governments, and client contributions from residents who are receiving services.

Access to services

Residents can contact the Hills Home and Community Support team to discuss how to access in-home support (at this time staff will further explain the requirement for all prospective clients over the age of 65 years to contact the Federal Government's My Aged Care in the first instance).

Services in high demand will be provided first to residents with the greatest need and there may be a waiting list for services. A financial contribution is required for all services and will be discussed at time of referral.

Types of services the Hills Home and Community Support program coordinates (subject to availability):

  • Positive Ageing Centre activities and programs
  • Social outings and events
  • Domestic assistance / spring cleaning
  • Garden tidies and gutter cleaning
  • Minor home maintenance
  • Transport for shopping via community buses.

Please note that due to funding restrictions some consumers with complex needs may be referred to other more appropriate services within the hills region.

Community groups

Seniors may also be interested in one of more than 700 active community groups. Often our community facilities play host to many of these community groups, from friends and special interest groups, to training groups and many more.

Find out about these and our many other community groups at the link below.

Congratulatory messages

Personal messages of congratulations from the Prime Minister, the Governor-General and His Majesty The King are available to Australian citizens and permanent residents celebrating a significant birthday or wedding anniversary.

Messages can be requested for the following occasions:

Message from the Prime Minister

  • 50th wedding anniversary or any year thereafter
  • 90th birthday or any year thereafter

Message from the Governor-General

  • 50th wedding anniversary or any year thereafter
  • 100th birthday or any year thereafter

Message from The King

  • 60th (diamond), 65th and 70th (platinum) wedding anniversary then every year thereafter
  • 100th and 105th birthday then every year thereafter.

How to apply

Requests for a message from the Prime Minister, His Majesty The King and the Governor-General can be submitted online, by email, by post or by visiting your local Member of Parliament.

Supporting documentation must be provided when submitting a message request. This is to verify the wedding anniversary or birthday details.

Submit the message request no later than two months before the date of the wedding anniversary/birthday. This will help ensure the message arrives on time.

All information regarding congratulatory messages in available on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website at the link below.

More information

For further information about positive ageing and seniors services, please contact us.

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