Aged Care

At GoCo, we know that aging is both a natural and complex journey that presents both opportunities and challenges for many of us. We understand that your needs are always changing and unique to you. You can rest assured that we will never take a ‘one size fits all’ approach with you or your loved ones.

Why choose GoCo?

GoCo has been providing services to older people and their carers in the New England area for over 25 years. We have dedicated and passionate staff and volunteers who are focused on providing individualised support to everyone they see.

GoCo is happy to make a time to talk to you about your needs, and to provide information and assistance to access services and supports that meet your needs.

My Aged Care

My Aged Care is the main entry point to access services and supports for people over the age of 65 years, or over 50 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and their carers. They determine your eligibility for Aged Care supports before GoCo can provide services. If you have been in contact with My Aged Care before, you will have received a letter from them advising which services you are eligible for.

If you are not sure if you are eligible for services, or if you would like some help or advise to register with My Aged Care, Click here. Otherwise, you can click on the following link to go to the My Aged Care website: My Aged Care.

Home Care Packages

GoCo has been providing Home Care Packages in the New England area for 25 years, since the first Home Care Packages (then called CACP) were released in 1992.

Home Care Packages provide an individually planned and coordinated package of community care services to people who have been allocated a Package through My Aged Care.

GoCo provides Home Care Packages, Levels 1-4, across the New England area. This includes in small towns and localities such as Pilliga, Boggabri and Quirindi, as well as the larger centres of Tamworth, Gunnedah, Narrabri and Moree.. GoCo staff will be happy to answer your questions about the Aged Care services we offer and how you can access these. Contact us, or drop into the office, to find out how we can tailor a package of care that will respect the needs and wishes of you or your loved one.

Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP)

The My Aged Care contact centre determines eligibility for these services.

If you are not sure if you are eligible to attend events, and for more information about what we have on contact us. For information about what’s coming up look on our interactive Events Calendar.

Activities and services available are varied and range from lawn mowing to social events, transport to exercise classes. The program types we have are:

Community and Home Support

These services are available throughout the New England area, unless otherwise indicated.

Social groups

These are available in the Gunnedah Shire Council area only. GoCo arranges regular trips away which vary in location, activity and duration. GoCo also has a number of groups that happen each week:

Contact us for a calendar of events, or visit our interactive Events Calendar on the right hand side of this page for more information about planned activities.

 

Individual Social Support

For one on one support to access the community, help do your shopping, or just to have some company at home or in the community.

Home Maintenance

This service type includes lawn mowing and minor home maintenance, such as cleaning gutters, or trimming trees. This program is focused on maintaining a safe environment and reducing risk.

Goods, Equipment & Assistive Technology

GoCo can subsidise equipment or assistive technology as well as training to use the item safely. Please note that some equipment may require an Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist assessment to make sure it meets your needs.

Transport

Transport is available in Gunnedah Shire only.  to medical appointments or to help you access the community. We also provide bus runs for many of the community groups in Gunnedah. For more information about our transport services click here.

Advocacy

If you are having trouble accessing services or support, or need some an impartial person to advocate on your behalf, talk to one of our friendly team to access our Advocacy Support. GoCo will no longer be providing this service from October 2017. Click here for more information about the new Australia-wide Advocacy service for older people.

Support for Aboriginal people, including the Gunnedah Elder’s Group.

To contact GoCo or register for these support click here.

Carer Support

Respite

It is important that carers have a regular break from their caring role. Some time to think about your own needs and to rejuvenate so that you can stay healthy and able to care for your loved one for longer.

GoCo offer a number of options to support carers to have a break. We focus on the person who is being cared for to make sure that their respite care is meaningful and enjoyable.

Some of the types of respite we offer are:

  • Individual respite
  • Centre-based activities (Gunnedah and Moree only)
  • Overnight community respite

The person that you care for may also be eligible to access our social groups, individual social support, or outings, which will offer you a respite effect.

Carer Support group

GoCo has a Support group for Carers that meets once a month at the GoCo Community Centre, Marquis Street, Gunnedah.

If you would like to attend this group but need someone to support the person you usually care for, please contact our friendly staff.

Assistance with Care and Housing

This service type will be offered in Gunnedah, Narrabri and surrounding areas and focuses on supporting people who are, or at risk of being homeless.

The Assistance with Care and Housing Programme (ACH) is for people who are over 50 years (or over 45 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people), who are on a low income and are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Assistance with Care and Housing services will:

  • Ensure a rapid response to older people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness through one-on-one contact
  • Focus on client’s strengths and goals to coordinate and link support for clients
  • Coordinate a service response that is directed to ensuring appropriate housing is secured for the older person and that their care needs are met so they can continue to live in the community
  • Interact and work with multiple services across a range of sectors
  • Ensure a flexible and individualised service delivery response within the requirements of the broader Commonwealth Home Support programme.