Goal of the Program
The program aims to assist frail aged and disabled Polish-born people and their carers by:
- helping them to be continually independent, thereby preventing inappropriate admission to long term residential care;
- encouraging their participation in community life;
- promoting their physical and mental health, and enhancing their quality of life; and
- providing necessary respite and support for carers. Read More Cost
Small fee is charged for participation in PAG.
What activities are held at Polish PAG Centres?
Each Planned Activity Groups Centre:
- Provides opportunities for the frail aged and disabled in the Polish community to socialise with other persons of similar background
- Share useful information;
- Become involved in group activities (e.g. talks and discussions);
- Participate in health oriented activities (e.g. gentle exercises);
- Participate in recreational activities (e.g. as games, handicrafts).
Transport to and from the centres can be arranged through the Co-ordinator using taxis.
Every PAG serves Polish lunch for all participants, prepared according to traditional and distinctively Polish recipes. Morning and afternoon tea, cakes and biscuits are also provided.
Who is eligible to attend a Polish PAG?
Frail older and younger disabled people from Polish background living in their homes who:
- are in need of care and assistance in daily activities;
- are no longer able to participate in social activities outside the home;
- are socially isolated;
- are under continuous care by a member of family or friend who needs occasional respite.
How can I join the Program?
You can be referred to the PAG Centres in several ways, for example by:
- Relatives, friends, your doctor, visiting nurse, social worker and other health professionals.
- Other service providers.
Where are the Polish PAG Centres?
Currently the Polish PAG Centres run by the PCCV are provided at four locations:
- BOX HILL Kerrimuir Neighbourhood House 57 Linda Avenue Every Tuesday – 9.00 am to 3.30 pm
- BRUNSWICK EAST Fleming Park Hall,96 Victoria Street Every Wednesday – 9.00 am to 3.30 pm
- OAKLEIGH ‘Don Bosco’ Senior Citizens’ Hall 40 Haughton Road Every Thursday – 9.00 am to 3.30 pm
- ROWVILLE Dom Polski ‘Syrena’ 1325 Stud Rd, Rowville Two Sundays per month – 12.00 pm to 4.00 pm
Who do I contact?
Mrs Malgorzata Zuchowska,
PAG Co-ordinator Polish Care Services
Mobile: (04) 0914 3512
Phone: (03) 9629-8277
Fax: (03) 96298377