Myrtle Cottage aims to promote companionship through socialisation and interactive activities that support wellness for people to stay living in their own homes and community longer. We do this by offering a range of day activities at our purpose built facility in Ingleburn or alternate premises in Camden and at joint community events. For people who are frail aged, 65 years plus, younger people with disabilities 18 years plus and people with dementia running Monday to Saturday.
Each program has a 6 weeks activity calendar that is planned in consultation with participants.
A referral to Myrtle Cottage can be made, with the persons’ permission for:
People over 65 years need a My Aged Care referral code either through the My Aged Care website or contacting our Centre directly
After receipt of the referral a staff member will make contact by telephone to arrange a time to visit and complete an assessment, they will discuss the program best suited to the needs of the person requiring service. Further details are provided about the Cottage relating to its history, funding, program activities, cost of attending and transport arrangements.
The first contact with Myrtle Cottage will be a home visit. A staff member will explain our operations, discuss the program most suited to you and conduct a formal assessment. This assessment identifies the information needed for people attending including, likes, dislikes, abilities, disabilities and how the Cottage can best assist.
The new member will make the final decision as to how they may take advantage of their involvement with Myrtle Cottage.
Where a waiting list exists for the program, priority to access is determined based on relative need, the ability of the service to meet needs and also places available at the time.
Myrtle Cottage offers a door to door service when providing transport. Majority of our vehicles are equipped with hoists to allow access for people in wheelchairs or those unable to enter via the steps.
Staff and volunteers have the required licence and skills to drive and operate the vehicles with a trained bus assistant. Volunteer drivers are an integral part of the Cottage’s operation. Without the giving of their time, expertise and skills, we would not be able to pick up all members for our various programs.