Continuing to Be Me Program (C2bMe)

Continuing To Be Me (C2bMe) is a psychological treatment program for people living in residential aged care facilities in South Western Sydney.

C2bMe logoIt is estimated that up to 52% of older adults living in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) experience symptoms of depression, and fewer than 1% receive psychological support. C2BMe is intended to enable RACF residents experiencing mental illness access mental health services like those available in the wider community and previously not routinely available to older people living in RACFs.       

C2bMe is designed to: 
  • Provide a comprehensive person-centred model of care. 
  • Reinforce the person’s identity and purpose. 
  • Increases connectedness and hope. 
  • Improve the person’s mental health wellbeing. 
  • Increase the day-to-day functioning of residents in aged care facilities. 

C2bMe approach to care 

c2bMe lady eating cakeMental health professionals provide short-term therapies through group sessions or individual clinical care. 

An integrated team approach involving GPs, RACF staff, carers and families helps to deliver care needs that are evidence based.  

RACF staff are supported through capacity building assistance to help strengthen the ongoing success of the program.  

A new “Continuing to be Me at home” (C2bMe@Home) service is available to support older Australians in their own homes.  

Support for people who don’t speak English as a first language 

A free Telephone Interpreter Service is available to support residents from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds (CALD) to access mental health treatment services in their preferred language. 

Eligibility for people with disabilities/dementia 

Individuals with co-morbid mental health issues alongside dementia or with a disability will be eligible. 

C2bMe eligibility 

C2bMe is a free service for people who are: 

  • Residents of a partnered aged care facility, within South Western Sydney. 
  • Aged 65 years or older, or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 or over, who experience mild to moderate symptoms of common mental health issues. 
  • Residents who have consented and are able to participate in the program. 

Become a partnered C2bMe residential aged care facility 

Visit the Parramatta Mission/Uniting Church website to read how C2bMe can help residential aged care facilities

To express an interest in having your Residential Aged Care Facility partner with C2bMe download and complete an expression of interest form from the Paramatta Mission website and return by email. 

C2bMe RACF Expression of Interest [PDF | 3 pages | 240kb] 

Supporting staff in aged care facilities

C2bMe also helps support and build capacity in the people who care for them. Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) staff will increase mental health understanding through education sessions and Older Persons Mental Health First Aid Training. This will help aged care staff to better support residents’ needs.

Contact the C2bMe team at Uniting Recovery 

Phone: 1800 422 263 (1800 4 C2bMe) 

C2bMe@Home – support in the comfort of your own home 

 “Continuing to be Me at home” (C2bMe@Home) helps older Australians struggling with mental wellbeing and isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and extended lockdowns. The program is delivered to people who need it from the comfort of their own home either face to face or via telehealth. The free C2bMe@Home program aims to make a real difference for the seniors that have been impacted by the pandemic. 

Find out more about C2bMe@Home at Uniting NSW

Referring yourself or a loved one to C2bMe 

Referrals from individuals, relatives and carers are welcome. A GP referral is not necessary. Intake processes are tailored to meet the unique needs of each participating RACF, speak with a staff member at your residence or call the C2bMe team to find out if your residential facility is a partner and how you can obtain treatment. 

Contact the C2bMe team at Uniting Recovery 

Phone: 1800 422 263 (1800 4 C2bMe) 

C2bMe is commissioned by South Western Sydney PHN and delivered by Uniting Recovery. 

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Visit the Uniting Recovery website for more information on the C2bMe program