Social Support

Our Social Support services seek to assist older people to connect with others in their community to overcome loneliness or social isolation through friendships forged over the phone or in person in their local community or neighbourhood.

Welcome Home Support

The Welcome Home Support program is part of Uniting Communities’ Do Care Neighbourhood Support Program. It provides short term support to eligible patients when they return home from hospital. This includes social support and some practical assistance. Welcome Home is a volunteer based service developed between Uniting Communities and the Glenelg Community Hospital. It also operates in the Barossa Valley, accessible through the Tanunda War Memorial and Angaston District Hospitals.

Telelink

Telelink is part of Uniting Communities’ Do Care Neighbourhood Support Program, which provides companionship and support to older people. The free service provides social support, interaction and phone friendship by bringing together groups of people for a 45 minute telephone call each week. 

Violet’s Visitors

Violet’s Visitors is part of Uniting Communities’ Do Care Neighbourhood Support Program, which provides companionship and support to older people living in the community. The service provides older people who are socially isolated with the opportunity to experience the friendship of a friendly visitor and their dog. The visits, usually weekly, are arranged at a mutually agreed time.

Phone Support

Phone Support is part of Uniting Communities’ Do Care Neighbourhood Support Program, which provides companionship and support to older people living in the community.

Operating in the Adelaide metropolitan area, the program provides older people who are socially isolated with the opportunity to share a friendly phone chat for around 15 minutes with the same person each week.

In Your Street

In Your Street is a free service linking an older person with a person who lives in the same street or nearby for social contact and assistance with small tasks like taking out the rubbish, walking the dog or just having a chat.

Home Support Services

Home Support Services provide support for older people to continue living at home. The program offers help with domestic tasks, personal care, shopping or other activities of daily living that have become difficult for the person to do without assistance due to age, frailty or disability.

Help is usually provided by a careworker, who will be rostered at regular times to come to the older person’s home to provide the assistance set out in a care plan formed in consultation with the client.

Friendly Visitors

Friendly Visitors is part of Uniting Communities’ Do Care Neighbourhood Support Program, which provides companionship and support to older people who are socially isolated.

A Friendly Visitor visits the older person in their home each week to share conversation, discover common interests and learn about another person’s life.

Community Visitors' Scheme

Uniting Communities’ Community Visitors' Scheme matches isolated or lonely residents in aged care facilities with a friendly visitor. The service coordinator matches referred residents with a suitable community visitor taking into account shared interests, hobbies and similarity of background or a shared language. Community Visitors visit the resident at least once per fortnight.