For many years now, volunteers from Southcare have been visiting elderly people in the community who are lonely or whose quality of life could be improved by regular friendship and companionship.
It is often a rewarding experience for both the visitor and the aged person receiving them and may involve a chat over a cup of tea, reminiscing, a walk around the garden or reading a book together.
The service is available through the Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) to eligible recipients of residential aged care services or people in the community who receive Home Care Packages.
The CVS is funded by the Federal Government for people who have been identified as experiencing, or at risk of experiencing social isolation. This may be due to disability or social or cultural reasons.
The Scheme funds Southcare to engage volunteers to visit people in their homes or in aged care facilities. All volunteers are carefully chosen and matched to a resident in their area and supported by a Southcare Coordinator.