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Support for seniors.

Maintain your independence and quality of life.
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Support for seniors

As you move into your senior years, it is common to experience some change in sight. Although you may go through a gradual loss of vision, you do not have to lose your independence. You can learn practical techniques to retain your quality of life and stay active — regardless of your vision level.

With the right support, you can be independent at home, continue to spend quality time with your family and grandchildren, care for yourself or your partner, handle grocery shopping and cooking, attend appointments unassisted, and enjoy books and television. Whatever you need to retain your independence, we can equip you with the skills to achieve your goals.

Achieve real outcomes

  • With personalised support from Occupational Therapists, you can learn skills to prepare meals, clean your home, and manage your own financial transactions.
  • Gain more confidence moving through the community with Guide Dog Mobility Training, and enjoy the companionship and powerful connection of working with a Guide Dog.
  • Make your life easier in Technology Training by learning how the right device can help you move through the world, enjoy books and television, and complete daily independence goals.
  • Enjoy getting out and about with your grandchildren or travelling around for daily tasks and recreation, with skills learned in Orientation & Mobility Training.
  • Manage your change in vision and learn to use your remaining eyesight effectively, at home with Occupational Therapists and on-the-go with Mobility Services.
  • Understand your options for financial assistance, including My Aged Care Support, to cover the costs associated with programs.
  • Our Orthoptists can offer education, assessment and consultation to ensure your lifestyle and environment are optimised to your vision level or abilities.

Services for seniors

Adult’s Mobility Services

Mobility training provides practical skills to help you fluidly and confidently move through daily environments.

Find out more about Adult’s Mobility Services

Occupational Therapy Support

Occupational Therapists are health professionals who support people of all ages to achieve individual goals in everyday life.

Learn about Occupational Therapy Support

Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs are trained to help you navigate your daily environment. Each dog is carefully matched with your personal characteristics and specific needs.

Learn more about Guide Dogs

My Aged Care Support

The Australian Government helps fund many services to help senior Australians maintain their independence through My Aged Care supports.

Get more information on My Aged Care

Case study: hear Colleen's story

Colleen is an adventurer and hasn’t let her declining sight hold her back. Colleen is one of GDV’s first clients on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and she had found the experience to be very positive.

“NDIS is based on what I want to do, rather than just fixing a problem.” she says.

Colleen has rod/cone dystrophy in her retina, and her eye sight has been getting progressively worse as the years go by. Recently, it reached a point where she felt she needed a Guide Dog to feel safe. Colleen has had her Guide Dog, Freeman, for two years now.

She likes to knit and cook, but her speech software was limited and could no longer support her in the ways she needed. An Occupational Therapist from GDV assessed her for a Scanning and Reading Appliance (SARAs), to be built into her NDIS plan.

“It has really changed my life, as I can now access print material independently, whenever I want.” Colleen says.

Colleen is now attending a fortnightly craft group and is continuing to be active and busy in the community with the support of GDV, including regular trips to Melbourne and a recent trip to Nepal with friends!

About your funding options

You may be able to access funding and assistance through My Aged Care Support. This will help cover the costs of training and support services. We offer a number of programs you can access as part of government-subsidised aged care services. Be reassured, we will always provide support regardless of your financial situation.

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For more information on accessing support, training programs, or to start improving or regaining your independence:

If you are hoping to access support for someone you know, we welcome referrals from friends, family members, and a wide range of health professionals.

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You can change a life. Support Guide Dogs before June 30.

It’s estimated almost 70 Australians a day will be diagnosed with a severe vision condition by 2030. With your help, we will be able to provide the support to meet this growing need.