THE BURGER CENTRE – YOUR KEY TO INDEPENDENCE
The Burger Centre is a joint venture between the Montefiore Home and JewishCare, located at 120 King Street Randwick. The Centre currently runs an Aged Day program (Burger Centre Day program) and a Positive Ageing program. The aim of both programs is to enhance older peoples’ capability to stay independent in their own homes and to facilitate social connection within the community.
Aged Day program
The Burger Centre Day program which is funded by both Federal and State Government as well as from a grant from JCA provides the opportunity for clients to access a wide range of appropriately stimulating activities including:
- Exercise and physical activities. This may involve the use of the Eric Dreikurs Aquatic Centre
- Educational talks and discussions
- Arts and crafts
- Concerts and performances by professional musicians and entertainers
- Outings to local parks and beaches
- The Celebration of Jewish Festivals and cultural events
Clients are given nutritious kosher meals including a delicious hot lunch. Burger Centre buses collect people from their own homes and drop them off again in the afternoon. While clients are at The Centre they may be able to access a range of other JewishCare and Montefiore services.
Following an assessment by Burger Centre staff, an individual service plan will be developed that allows clients to get the best from The Burger Centre. Clients can also benefit from being referred to the Fit2Fit program within the Centre, which aims to prevent people having a first fall, by conducting a mobility and shoe assessment, and enabling clients to access relevant skills training, walking aids and correct fitting footwear. Research shows that preventing a first fall is a key feature in enabling people to live safely and independently in their own homes.
The Centre is for the frail aged including those with special needs resulting from a stroke, dementia or other illness. The Centre can also offer valuable respite for carers.
Attendees are asked to pay a small fee although those who cannot afford to pay will not be denied access to the Centre.
If you are living independently in your own home in the Eastern Suburbs and would like to become a client of The Burger Centre, please call FirstCall JewishCare on 1300 133 660.
Positive Ageing Program
Currently funded via a grant from the JCA, this program is aimed at well older people in the community. The program aims at keeping individuals active, connected and educated. The program follows the current trends in what is considered healthy ageing and promotes activities that help acquire skills in keeping fit and preventing falls.
Some social functions are on the menu for the future.
A number of classes are run on term time schedule (10 week terms), and there are plans to expand the range of activities being offered.
A modified form of Tai Chi runs twice a week by a Tai Chi master who is also a qualified doctor. The classes are very popular and many people return each term to build on the skills they have learnt. Tai Chi is an evidence based mind/body practice that can offer real results in improving balance and reducing the risk of a fall.
Hydro-cise, or gentle water exercises run weekly in the Eric Dreikurs Aquatic Centre, the largest hydrotherapy pool in the Southern Hemisphere. Classes are fun and invigorating and a great experience. The gentle support of the water can provide relief for those who suffer arthritic pain and other mobility related ailments or injuries.
All classes attract a small fee and lunch is offered before or after any of the classes.
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