CONSUMER INFORMATION

 
The aged and community care sector is vast and complex. It is also full of abbreviations and jargon!
Aged & Community Services Western Australia represents the many facilities and providers of aged and community care in our State, but we often get enquiries about care of the elderly in general and the range of services available.

Listed below are links to websites that can help you find useful services and information. And if you are new to aged care, don’t miss the document “Aged Care Acronyms List” to help you on your way!

 

AGED CARE ACRONYMS LIST
Common acronyms explained.
 
 
AGED CARE AUSTRALIA
Consumer information website from the Department of Health Ageing.
 
 
 
 
AGED CARE STANDARDS AND ACCREDITATION AGENCY
The independent body responsible for managing the accreditation and ongoing supervision of Commonwealth funded aged care homes.
 
 
Support, counselling, information, education and respite services to people throughout Western Australia who struggle with the daily challenges of dementia.
 
 
CARERS WA
Information, counselling, advocacy and social support FOR carers. The organisation also operates the Commonwealth Carer Resource Centre, providing a centralised access point for carers who are seeking information and resources to assist them in their caring role.
 
 
COMMONWEALTH CARELINK CENTRES
Information for members of the community on aged care, disability and other support services.
 
 
CONTINENCE ADVISORY SERVICE
The Continence Advisory Service provides information and advisory services to all members of the public affected by continence problems.
 
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING (DoHA)
The Federal Government department responsible for the Ageing portfolio
 
 
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS
Covers all areas relating to war veterans and their widows/widowers including pensions, health services, housing and commemorations.
 
 
DISABILITY SERVICES COMMISSION
The State Government agency responsible for advancing the opportunities, community participation and quality of life of people with disabilities in Western Australia.


HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE PROGRAM
Provides funding for services that support people to remain living in their own home. It includes services such as home help, meals, transport, personal care, respite care, home maintenance, and gardening.

 

INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTRE
A non-Government, not-for-profit, community based equipment information and advisory resource service that enables people to find out about assistive technology and training resources for people living with disabilities.
 
MEALS ON WHEELS PROVIDERS
Visit the meals on wheels WA website.
 
 
Information about treatment and help for those who need to know how to battle this Asbestos related disease.
 
Information for consumers on Advance Health Directives and Enduring Power of Attorney

OFFICE OF SENIORS INTERESTS & VOLUNTEERING
The Office for Seniors Interests aims to promote a community where seniors are valued and respected, to enhance the lifestyles of seniors by promoting positive ageing, and to encourage the community to plan for its ageing population.
 
SENIORS.GOV.AU
The Federal Government’s premier source of information for Australians over 50.
 
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