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BaptistCare social clubs offer connection, companionship, and joy for older Australians this Christmas

The festive season is a time for connection and celebration, no matter what age you are.

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05 December 2022

Stories | Home Care

The festive season is a time for connection and celebration, no matter what age you are.

While many of us lavish the idea of a good snooze on the lounge after all that ham and fruitcake, the Christmas period is also a wonderful opportunity to get out and about, come together with our community, and have fun.

BaptistCare social clubs are a great way for seniors to socialise with like-minded locals this season, bringing a deep sense of connection and fulfilment.

Together, these small groups, or ‘clubs,’ of older people can enjoy an engaging program of Christmas-themed events and activities, all whilst receiving high-quality care and giving their primary caregiver a break.

What are social clubs?

Social clubs offer a relaxed and friendly setting where seniors can regularly catch up with friends, get to know new people, keep up a favourite hobby, or even try something new.

Many social club members at BaptistCare go on to form lasting friendships, connecting over activities like bowls, craftwork, light exercise, cooking and gardening activities, or special events and excursions.

The clubs, which typically run from mid-morning until mid-afternoon, are facilitated by a team of caring, highly trained staff. Some social clubs also offer fully accessible transport if required, like our club in Kellyville.

BaptistCare social club carer, Ashley, told us,

“We try to cover a broad range of interests with our social club activities, including our excursions. Our groups go on regular outings to museums, barbecues, and private gardens. We really have a wide program. But we’re always open to new ideas and different things to try.”

What’s on at Christmas?

Christmas is a particularly special time in the BaptistCare social club calendar. Our teams work hard to ensure clients feel valued, loved, and genuinely cared for during the festive season. There are Christmas parties, visits from Santa, present opening, and carol singing to name but a few activities.

Social club meals are always freshly prepared and delicious. At this time of year though, the teams excel themselves, serving up a festive feast with all the trimmings, complete with hats and Christmas crackers!

Respite for caregivers

If you are a carer for someone, social clubs provide an opportunity for respite – the chance to take some regular time out to rest and recharge – often a necessity during what can be a very busy time of year. It may be an incredible relief to know your loved one is enjoying themselves at the club’s festivities and receiving quality care whilst you take a well-deserved break.

BaptistCare social clubs offer clients a fun and engaging program of festive activities.

BaptistCare social clubs offer clients a fun and engaging program of festive activities.

Primary carers can also choose to join their loved ones at social club activities. Particularly at Christmas, this can be a great way to spend quality time together whilst being relieved of caregiver responsibilities. The festivities can be truly enjoyed without the hassle of hosting and cooking, and you can have fun together knowing there is care on hand if and when you need it.

Who can attend social clubs?

Social clubs are available to any seniors keen to stay connected with their community and who would like to socialise with other people.

The highly trained care team provides care for older people from all walks of life, including those living with mild to moderate dementia. The social club program is varied with different days of the week catering to people with similar care needs.

Can my home care package pay for social club membership?

Yes, it can. If you have an active Home Care Package (HCP), or Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP), you can access a heavily subsidised daily rate, which includes meals, transport, and care.

If you don’t have a home care package, that’s okay. You can still join your local social club and pay privately for your membership.

Why BaptistCare?

We’re exceptionally proud of our social clubs, the activities they offer, and the difference our staff make to so many lives. But above all, we’re proud of our community. It’s this collection of dedicated individuals – who respect individuality and work together to empower living well – that makes us special.

We’re passionate about providing caring environments where personal wellbeing and respect for others come first. When these values are shared with compassion, lives can be transformed. As we say in the BaptistCare brand promise, we do what we do, 'because we care.'

Where can I learn more?

Find your nearest social club here. Leave us an enquiry online via the form below, or you can call us or drop into any one of our 18 clubs across NSW and ACT.

Our friendly team will be happy to provide further information, answer any questions you may have, or show you around one of our social club facilities.

Make an Enquiry

If you would like to know more, please contact us on 1300 275 227 or complete the enquiry form and one of our customer representatives will be in touch.