The Nepean Blue Mountains region population is ageing. In 2022, 16.43% of the population was aged 65 years and older. The proportion of the NBM population aged 65 years and older is projected to increase to 22.33% by 2041.
The Department of Health and Aged Care established the My Aged Care website to help you navigate the aged care system. If you need some help, the My Aged Care team can answer most of your questions over the phone. For further question please call 1800 200 422.
Aged Care Resources
Aged Care Programs in Our Region
Our region consists of four Local Government Areas (Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith). Each region is unique and has requirements specific to the local community. Wentworth Healthcare have information relevant to our community:
Palliative Care Resources
Palliative care is so much more then end-of-life care. It is treatment of the discomfort, symptoms and stress for people of any age who have a life-limiting illness. For more information and resources, visit our Palliative Care page.
Advanced Care Planning
Advanced care planning involves planning for your future, and making decisions now about the healthcare you would or would not want to receive if you became seriously ill and unable to communicate your preferences or make treatment decisions.
For more information and resources, please refer to the Advanced Care Planning page.
Aged Care Services
Aged care services can help you to stay connected to your community, stay independent, and take care of your health and safety while meeting your cultural and social needs. The services listed below are available to community members access from the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith:
Falls prevention information
Falls are the leading cause of accidental injury in older people and the leading cause of injury-related deaths in Australia. In Australia, 30% of adults aged 65 and over will experience at least one fall a year. In NSW, around 27,000 falls are severe enough to need hospitalisation every year.
Falls prevention refers to strategies that can be used to reduce the risk of falling and causing injury. Some keys ways to help reduce the risk of falls include:
- Having well lit areas in the house.
- Wearing sensible shoes that fit well and/or non-slip socks.
- Removing slip or trip hazards.
- Regular physical activity and exercise improving mobility.
- Having regular vision checks.
For more information refer to the lists below:
The My Health Connector website is a free online directory to help people improve their social connections and lifestyle supports. The directory provides information about local health and community services available to support people living in our region. My Health Connector can be used by both services and community members. It can also be used as a resource for Health connectors and Community connectors to promote services available in the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith areas.