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Help with daily living

Here are some practical tips that you may find helpful with doing daily living tasks.

Organising furniture for a property

Here are some options that may help you with saving money with organising furniture for a property.

  • Shop at factory outlets.
  • Buy ex-rental or secondhand goods with guarantees. Some businesses offer a hire/buy option for long-term use.
  • Use the Trading Post.
  • Borrow from family and friends.
  • Try Givit, an online community in South-East Queensland that links unwanted items with worthy recipients. 

Grocery shopping

Online grocery shopping is widely available in South-East Queensland, and is increasingly available in regional areas where major Australian supermarkets operate. With online grocery shopping, you place an order online and the order is delivered at a arranged time. An extra cost may be involved with using this service. 

Help with general repairs

Home Assist Secure may be able to provide subsidised help with critical minor home maintenance, repairs, modifications and security around your home, whether it is owned or rented. This can make it healthier, safer and more secure for you. Generally, Queensland Community Care clients will not be eligible for maintenance or modification services through Home Assist Secure.

Learning life skills

Do you want to learn additional life skills that may help you live more independently, such as cooking, grocery shopping or money management? Ask the intake officer at your nearest Disability and Community Care Services service centre about how you can do this.


Queensland Meals on Wheels delivers a nutritious soup or entrée, main meal, dessert and fruit juice for a small cost. 

Money management

There are a lot of different living expenses that you may need to consider budgeting for, such as:

  • telephone and mobile phone bills
  • internet bills
  • contents insurance
  • transport costs—bus or train fares, car licence and other car fees, petrol
  • pet costs—food, vet bills, licence fees
  • education or training costs
  • buying clothes
  • furniture and appliance rental costs.

Here are some things you may like to think about:

  • Are you eligible for a Centrelink payment? If so, check out the rebates and concessions that you may also be able to receive.
  • Do you have the skills and confidence to look after your own finances? Can a member of your family help you? The Australian Securities and Investment Commission provides a thorough budget planning tool. The Public Trustee of Queensland assists many people with disability with their financial matters. As a financial administrator or attorney, the Public Trustee can—for a fee—prepare a budget, pay bills and track income and investments. You can find out more about the Public Trustee's financial management services

Home safety

  • Home Assist Secure provides subsidised help with minor home maintenance, repairs, modifications and security around your home, whether it is owned or rented. This can make it healthier, safer and more secure for you.
  • Telecross is a free daily telephone check-in service offered by the Australian Red Cross. You can call 1300 885 698 for more information.
  • Investing in a personal emergency alarm system-pre-programmed to contact a family member, for example-may give you peace of mind.

More information about safety in the home is available.


Our transport section may be helpful for you, with topics discussed including:

You can also find out about subsides, concessions and passes.

Top tip

Use the National Health Services Directory to find contact details for health and community services in your area.

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Last updated:
28 July 2016
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