Companion Card (NSW) Means Carers Attend Events for Free

The NSW Companion card entitles the Caregiver or carer to attend events for free, along with the cardholder or Elder

What is the Companion Card (NSW)?

The Companion Card (NSW) enables an Elderly or disabled person’s family carer or paid caregiver free entry into participating venues and events. This is fantastic for the carer and the cardholder because it means they are not paying for two people, at full price to attend an event. The NSW Government runs this scheme to better enable Elders and disabled people to continue to participate in the community. Evidenced based research shows that inclusion and social participation are important components of mental well-being and Daughterly Care’s Joyful Living Approach™

The Companion Card is one tool to enable our Elders to continue to enjoy their lifelong passions for attending concerts and appreciation of recreational activities.

Where is the Companion Card accepted?

Over 4,000 businesses, venues, facilities and organisations accept the Companion Card for their services and events, and are called affiliates.  The card is also accepted at places where sporting events are held, such as Tennis Australia. These benefits also extend to art galleries, cinemas, theatres, ferries, trains and buses, and events held at the Sydney Opera House and the City Recital Hall.

The full list of participating venues or services continues to grow and can be found at the official Companion Card website:
http://www.nswcompanioncard.org.au/

To give you an idea of the depth of venues and events available, the most recent list is attached:
http://www.nswcompanioncard.org.au/images/Affiliate_list_for_cards_issued_14.07.2016.pdf

Voice of Angels at Sydney City Recital Hall

Voice of Angels STARS

One such event is the Voice of Angels STARS presented by City Recital Hall and Gondwana Choirs.  Hear the magical vocals and sounds from the Sydney Children’s Choir and Gondwana Voices. To experience this stunning event, secure your tickets at:
https://www.cityrecitalhall.com/events/stars

This performance anticipates the holiday season and features a rendition of traditional Christmas carols.  It may be a concert that will invoke memories and will be thoroughly enjoyed by your Loved One.

 

Daughterly Care Joyful Living Approach™

Attending concerts certainly upholds the Daughterly Care Joyful Living Approach™.
https://daughterlycare.com.au/life-can-still-be-joyful-with-dementia

The event may be the focus but the joy and connections start before the event and continue well past the event.  There is the excitement of planning and preparing for the concert. For women, discussions on the best outfit to wear, how to style your hair and what make up to wear. Excitement increases as the anticipation builds and the joyful connections are made reminiscing after the concert.

 

How do I apply and obtain a Companion Card?

A hard copy application form needs to be completed and posted with supporting documentation signed by your General Practitioner.

You can get the application form by phoning the free call information line on 1800 893 044, downloading or emailing a request for the form at companioncard@nds.org.au

Once the application is received by the Government it takes about four weeks to be processed and you need to supply two passport sized photos.  There is no cost.

The joy from attending a concert or watching a sporting event, is priceless!

More info: http://www.nswcompanioncard.org.au/about-companion-card/apply-for-companion-card

Daughterly Care makes applying for a Companion Card (NSW) easy

If you are a Live In Care client, our Live In Caregiver can organise to get the application form and take you to the General Practitioner, then lodge the application form. There is no assets or income test – it is all care needs based.

Daughterly Care can drive you to the event

On the special day or night, we can make sure you are dressed beautifully and drive you to the drop off zone close to the event door.  As you arrive, your daughter, son, grandchild or long standing friend can accompany you for the rest of the day or night.  This will save valuable time and they can drive you home, where we will be waiting for you or we can return to pick you up.   That way the two of you can enjoy quality, private time together.

Alternatively, Daughterly Care Caregivers will be delighted to attend with you. Please let your High Care Case Manager know if you would like to gain a Companion Card and our Live in Caregiver can organise that.

Source: http://www.nswcompanioncard.org.au/

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