Information & support for seniors
Information for you or someone you care about is provided below. Contacts listed include in-home community support services, aged care providers, community legal advice, retirement planning tools and advocacy groups who support vulnerable residents.
Aged care and in-home support
My Aged Care provides information about different types of aged care, costs and options for in-home support. For more information visit My Aged Care or phone 1800 200 422.
The Department of Human Services provides income support to eligible older Australians. For more information visit the Department of Human Services or phone 13 23 00.
Anti-discrimination and advocacy information
Organisations are available to assist seniors if they are being treated unfairly, abused or neglected. Visit our anti-discrimination and advocacy page for contact details.
Be Someone For Someone
Be Someone For Someone is a major initiative and charity created by Feros Care to tackle the growing epidemic of loneliness in Australia; providing support to those who are lonely as well as opportunities for those who would like to help people feeling alone.
Visit Be Someone For Someone for more information.
Department of Health Community Visitors Scheme
Community visits are carried out by volunteers who set aside time at least once a fortnight to visit a resident in an Australian Government subsidised aged care home, or a person in their own home who is receiving a Government funded Home Care Package.
Contact Department of Health Community Visitors Scheme by phone on 1800 200 422 or visit My Aged Care for further information or to make a referral.
National Dementia Helpline
The National Dementia Helpline is a free, federally-funded service that provides information, referrals and advice to people living with dementia and the family, friends and carers of people living with dementia.
For more information visit National Dementia Helpline or free call 1800 100 500.
Elder Abuse Helpline
The Elder Abuse Helpline provides free, confidential advice and assistance to anyone experiencing elder abuse, or who is concerned about someone they know. For more information visit Elder Abuse Helpline or phone 1300 651 192.
Every day, 133 older Queenslanders have a fall requiring medical attention. For information about the prevention of falls visit the Queensland Health's Stay on your feet website.
FriendLine offers older Australians an opportunity to call and have a free, anonymous, friendly chat with a volunteer over the phone.
This service is available 10am to 8pm, seven days a week. For more information visit FriendLine or free call 1800 424 287.
Citizen legal advice
There are a number of nationally accredited Community Legal Centres on the Gold Coast who provide quality free legal advice.
Online Gold Coast Community Directory
Search the online Gold Coast Community directory for local community-based services and facilities on offer for senior residents and visitors across our city.
You can view, print and download your customised search results or a location map of services and facilities for free.
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner provides tools and tips for seniors to navigate the digital world safely.
Scamwatch is run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). It provides information to consumers and small businesses about how to recognise, avoid and report scams.
Your rights at retirement The Australian Human Rights Commission has produced a guide titled Your rights at retirement A guide to making decisions and navigating your entitlements in later life.
Retirement planning calculator
The Australian Securities and Investment Commission, provides a range of financial information, including an online retirement planning calculator.
Seniors Enquiry Line
The Seniors Enquiry Line is a state-wide information and referral service. The service can provide information on in-home supports, services and products including medical alarms. For more information visit Seniors Enquiry Line or phone 1300 135 500.
Gold Coast Seniors OntheNet
Gold Coast Seniors OntheNet is a computer club for seniors (aged 50 and over) who are interested in learning about computers, tablets and smart phones [Android, iPad & iPhone], software and associated equipment for education, interest and enjoyment. The club offers a large variety of low cost courses, usually in the form of one-on-one lessons with an experienced volunteer tutor. For more information visit Gold Coast Seniors OntheNet or phone 0478 278 202 or 0478 278 243.