Aged Care Expos in Cummins and Tumby Bay

TRANSPORT: Tumby Bay event organiser Geoff Stewart with the council's community bus, which will be available to transport residents to the Aged Care Expo.

TRANSPORT: Tumby Bay event organiser Geoff Stewart with the council's community bus, which will be available to transport residents to the Aged Care Expo.

Lower Eyre Peninsula retirees and their families will get a clearer picture of how to access services at an expo in August.

The Aged Care Expo will be at the Cummins Hall on August 3 and the Tumby Bay RSL Clubrooms on August 4.

The expo will inform people of aged care options on Eyre Peninsula, differences between aged care services and how to use technology to engage with service providers.

The Lower Eyre Health Advisory Council is organising the expo and presiding member Liz Mickan said it was the first of its kind on Eyre Peninsula.

“The motivation was many of that target market, being aged over 65, aren’t computer literate and they’re expected to use the internet to enrol in My Aged Care and myGov and don’t understand what to look for,” she said.

“We believe there was a strong need to educate or inform (people) over 65 and their families of these options and services.”

Mrs Mickan said there would be a call back the following week for people interested in assistance for accessing online services with a person being available to go through it with them nearby.

Guest speakers will include representatives from My Aged Care and myGov, as well as Julie Kelly from Country Health SA.

As well as retirees, the families of those needing care, nurses and carers and people interested about working in the aged care industry are encouraged to attend.

Mrs Mickan said expo programs were site specific, with information about chronic illness at Cummins and dementia support at Tumby Bay.

“The main aim is to showcase service providers and point out options of how to access those services,” she said.

Each day will have two sessions, one from 10am to 1pm and another from 2pm to 5pm.

Tumby Bay event organiser Geoff Stewart said the Tumby Bay District Council had provided the community bus to transport people to the two sessions.

He said pick ups would be from the Senior Citizens Clubrooms.

The 2016 census showed the Tumby Bay District Council area has a median age of 50.

Mr Stewart said with so many retirees in the area it was important for them to learn this information, especially as many were not familiar with the “worldwide web”.

“To them spiders spin webs,” he said.

“The whole aim for this is not to be a talk fest, it’s to be fast, factual and very targeted at the people who most need it.”

The event has free entry and for more information people can contact Mr Stewart on 0419 208 944.

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