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Research and Advocacy

We work to ensure all older Australians have the opportunity to enjoy a decent quality of later life and to reduce disadvantage among older people now and in the future. 

We research how current government policies impact on the daily lives of vulnerable Australians and lobby for improvements to support people adversely affected by changes.  

We have undertaken numerous research projects looking at the challenges facing older Australians today. These projects include: 

  • Identifying opportunities for enhancing social inclusion, through learning new skills, or participating in the community 
  • Examining what knowhow is needed for later life and how to acquire it 
  • Impacts of the changing aged care funding system and how older adults navigate that system.  
  • Investigating workforce age discrimination concerns.

We ensure that the evidence produced from these studies enhances our services.  

Our research on dementia includes ongoing consultation with our staff, people living with dementia and their carers. This important work has allowed us to pilot innovative, supportive programs.  

Our research and advocacy are vital in developing our services to enable you to live a fulfilled, safe and meaningful life, providing opportunities for you to meet your aspirations and goals in later life, to live a life that you value. 

Find out more about BSL’s Social Policy and Research Centre

Domestic Assistance

Get the support you need around your home to keep it just the way you like it.

Some of the everyday tasks we can assists with are:

  • Washing, ironing, mopping or vacuuming.
  • Changing the sheets, folding and putting your clothes away or assisting with odd jobs.
  • House cleaning to help keep essential living areas tidy and safe.
  • Shopping – flexible shopping options such as a support worker shopping with you, going to the shops while you stay at home or providing assistance with organising online shopping and home delivery.
  • Sorting and organising – we can help you organise your home to maximise safety and comfort.

Community Connection

Supporting you in getting out and about to stay connected. From social clubs and outings to interesting hobbies and pastimes your Home Care Package can enable you to pursue things that are meaningful to you. Staying connected to the community is integral to maintaining physical and mental wellbeing. If you’re feeling isolated or lonely, our team can check-in on you regularly to offer companionship and make sure you’re well. Some of the options include:

  • Attend a group outing
  • Visiting your local park, gardens or beach
  • Visiting your friends and family
  • Going out for a meal with friends
  • Joining a social group
  • Joining a class or course
  • Getting to an appointment
  • Day trips

Diet and Nutrition

Assistance with meal preparation and one-on-one support to increase confidence and skills with cooking. We also provide access to a wide variety of meal delivery services. Support with individual dietary needs required by health, cultural, religious or other reasons is also available.