If you are under 65, or an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person aged under 50.
If you need help to stay living at home and in your community, you may be eligible for assistance from Community Care. This provides basic support to people with a disability or condition that restricts their day-to-day living.
- domestic assistance, such as cleaning, washing and ironing
- personal care, including bathing, showering, dressing, and toileting
- meals and other food services, including provision of meals, help with food shopping and food preparation
and referral to
- home maintenance, including changing light bulbs, fixing leaks and lawn mowing
- home modifications ( https://www.qld.gov.au/community/getting-support-health-social-issue/home-modifications/ ), like access ramps or bathroom equipment
- centre-based group activities, including excursions
- social support, including help from a support worker to attend appointments, or do shopping or banking
- transport, for help getting to shopping, appointments, or community activities
Referral to Clinical services
- nursing services, including help with medications and wound care
- allied health services, for example podiatry, physiotherapy, or advice from a dietician.
Respite ( http://www.qld.gov.au/disability/families-carers-friends/respite-care/ ), counselling and carer support ( http://www.qld.gov.au/community/support-for-carers/) services
- counselling support and advocacy, for you or your carer
- in-home or centre-based respite to support carers in their caring role.
In order to access Community Care services, you must be a person, or the carer of a person, who:
- is under 65, or under 50 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and
- has a moderate, severe or profound disability, or a condition which restricts the ability to carry out activities of daily living, and
- is living in the community, and
- is having difficulty performing the core activities of daily living* due to functional limitations, and
- is at risk of losing independence without assistance from Community Care.
* Core activities of daily living are communication, self-care and mobility. Core activity tasks include dressing, bathing or showering, preparing meals, house cleaning and maintenance, and using public transport.
Generally, people who receive similar specialist disability services funded through Disability Services are not eligible for Community Care.
GOC Care asks for a small contribution per hour – this depends on your situation. Special arrangements may be made if you cannot afford to pay.
How to apply
- To apply, phone your local Community Access Point on 1800 600 300. You do not need a referral.
- Contact GOC Care’s Community Care Program and speak to our team of case managers on 07 3249 1010. You do not need a referral.