The Burger Centre – your key to independence
The Burger Centre is a joint venture between JewishCare and the Montefiore Home located at 120 King Street Randwick.
The Centre provides:
A Day Centre program and
A Positive Ageing program.
The aim of both programs is to enhance older peoples’ capability to remain living independently in their own homes as well as facilitating their good health and social connectivity within the community.
Day Centre programThe Day Centre program is for the frail aged including those with special needs resulting from a stroke, dementia or other illness who live in their own homes in Randwick, Botany, Sydney, Waverley or Woollahra Local Government Areas. The Centre can also offer respite for carers.
Following an assessment by Burger Centre staff, an individual service plan will be developed which then ensures the clients access appropriately stimulating activities which may include:
- 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.
Based on recent research which shows that preventing a first fall is a key to enabling people to live safely and independently in their own homes, the Centre initiated the Fit2Fit program.
This program includes conducting a mobility and shoe assessment, enabling clients to access relevant skills training, walking aids and correct fitting footwear which have been shown to help reduce the risk of an older person experiencing a fall.
The Burger Day Centre program is funded by both Federal and State Government as well as from a grant from JCA
Attendees are asked to pay a small fee although those who cannot afford to pay will not be denied access to the Centre.
While clients are at The Centre they may be able to access a range of other JewishCare and Montefiore services.
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.
Current activities include:
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
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 including Yoga.
All classes attract a small fee and lunch is offered before or after any of the classes.
To enquire about entry into this program call The Burger Centre on 8345 9147 or see www.burgercentre.com.au