Gateways Support Services empowers and supports families caring for a person who is frail aged or living with dementia.

Families and agencies are welcome to make a referral to the programs by contacting Gateways Support Services online or by phoning 5221 2984.

Prime Movers

Prime Movers is part of the CHSP program –a fun social outing for people with dementia or frail aged visiting local attractions, to enjoy companionship in a supportive environment.

What are the aims of Prime Movers?

The aims of Prime Movers are to:

  • Provide opportunities for people with dementia to participate in a group based social activity.
  • Provide meaningful leisure and social activities.

Who is eligible?

People with dementia who are being cared for by a primary carer and still living at home.

Priority will be given to families receiving minimal support.

How much does it cost?

Activity costs range from $20 to $30

How can I find out more?

Families and agencies are welcome to make a referral to the program by contacting Gateways Support Services online or by phoning 5221 2984.

This program is supported by the Australian Government Department of Health

Geelong West Cafe Care Connect

Gateways Support Services have partnered with the Geelong West Neighbourhood House to support people with dementia and/or frail aged and their carers.

The ‘Geelong West Cafe Care Connect’ program provides opportunities for people with dementia and/or frail aged to participate in a supportive social group along with their carers.   The ‘Geelong West Care Connect’ program is held each Tuesday afternoon from 1pm-3.30pm. The program is free and coffee, tea & biscuits are provided.

For more information contact Gateways or call Ann Chadwick on 5221 2984.

 This program is supported by the Australian Government Department of Health

Individual Support for over 65s

Gateways understand that receiving individual support and getting a break for carers is important

Gateways has experienced staff who can support adults who are frail aged or have dementia at home or on a community activity.

What individual support is available to people who are frail aged?

This service aims to support the participant in their home or community and assists the primary carers by providing some respite so they can continue to care for someone who is frail aged.

In consultation with each family, Gateways develops a personalised individual support plan that ensures that the services the participant receives addresses their needs.

Who is eligible for this type of respite?

Families caring for a person aged 65-years or more, who is frail aged, are eligible for referral to this program. Priority is given to carers who have limited access to other support options.

How much individual support may we be entitled to and how much will it cost?

An allocation of hours will be provided to eligible families each year. Generally, up to five hours a week is allocated. Families have the flexibility to choose when these hours are used during the week.

A standard fee of $3.80 per hour is charged for this type of respite.

How do I find out more?

Contact the Gateways Individual Support & Recreation Manager for more details via Contact Us or by phoning 5221 2984.

 This service is supported by the Australian Government Department of Health