Understanding Non-Government Support for Caring for the Elderly
Caring for the elderly can be a challenge, but we are not without help. There are several agencies, both public and private, that work to improve the experience of the aging individual. This article is going to overview some of the non-government supports that are available in particular. Click here for more details.
If you’re 50 years old or older, you don’t have to wait until you’re 60 years old to get a seniors card or 15 years for a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card or pensioner concession card. There are great discounts to be had through membership of several private organisations that cater for the over-50s.
National Seniors is the largest private organisation of seniors, with more than 280,000 members Australia wide. The annual fee is $24 (single) or $32 (couple) and gives the over 50’s discounts from more than 2000 businesses on accommodation, car hire, travel, insurance and entertainment.
Members of ARPA Over 50s Association also receive savings on a host of services including health insurance (7.5 per cent off from Australian Unity), travel and parking.
Local clubs also offer members discount meals etc – check out your local Footy club etc.
How to get a Seniors discount card
One of the benefits of getting older is that you don’t have to pay what other people do any more. If you’re eligible, and many seniors are, you can receive a seniors discount card that can qualify you for a wide range of discounts in your area.
So how do you determine whether you’re eligible or not? Well, eligibly criteria does vary, but all the necessary information can be found at http://www.australia.gov.au/content/seniors-card.
Once you qualify, you’ll be sent the card free of charge (with no charges ever for it). It’s merely a gift to save money. In great news, although it is issued by your particular state, other states often acknowledge the same discounts for cardholders, meaning you save everywhere you go.
A seniors discount card can be invaluable in terms of the savings it provides, so don’t miss out if you don’t have to!
If you are an RACV member you can buy Woolworth’s gift cards online through RACV or at one of their branches to receive a 5% discount (check to see if this applies in your state too). Using these gift cards means that you can get all of your groceries 5% cheaper!
Check your Private Health Insurance membership for discounts.
Kmart – At all Kmart stores across Australia, On the first Wednesday of every month Kmart stores give pensioners a 5% discount on all items store wide (excludes cigarettes, sale items, gift vouchers and the auto shop). You will only get this discount if you ask at the checkout and show your government pension card.
Costco can save you if you can buy in bulk with family and friends.
Ask your Chemist if they have a loyalty card or membership. I know Priceline has a rewards points system.
You can also join places for free online for rewards.
Free Hearing Aids
If you have a Pensioner Concession Card, certain Veterans Affairs cards, or receive Sickness Allowance from Centrelink, you are eligible for free hearing aids. You firstly need to see your GP to be referred to the Australian Government Hearing Services Program. The program will provide a hearing services Voucher which you can then take to an Australian Hearing centre or another hearing services provider.
Did you know you can organise a message from the Prime Minister for the special occasions of 50th Wedding Anniversary, 50plus Wedding Anniversary, 90th Birthday and 90plus Birthdays?
The Governor-General will send a message on the 50th Wedding Anniversary, 50plus Wedding Anniversary, 100th Birthday and every year after.
The Queen will send a message for the 60th Wedding Anniversary and every 5th year after, 100th Birthday and every fifth year after. Check your state to see if the Premier also sends messages.