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8 hours ago - Christchurch
ENDURING POWERS OF ATTORNEY With advances in medicine resulting in people living generally longer, there is a greater need for robust procedures to be in place to protect us as we age. A common concern is what happens when we are no longer able to make our own decisions. Loss of capacity brought on by illness, especially in older age, is not at all uncommon and Enduring Powers of Attorney are a key safeguard to protect our wishes in relation to our care and property. The Enduring Power of Attorney differs from a general power of attorney in that it continues or “endures” after a person loses mental capacity. There are two types of Enduring Powers of Attorney: one in relation to personal care and welfare, and one in relation to property. An Enduring Power of Attorney in relation to Personal Care and Welfare appoints one person as your attorney to make decisions about your care - such as where you are to live and whether you are properly cared for. This Enduring Power of Attorney is only activated when you are certified as having lost mental capacity by a qualified health provider. An Enduring Power of Attorney in relation to Property allows you to appoint one or more attorneys to manage and make decisions about your property. Property doesn’t just cover your house but includes your finances and investments. You decide whether the attorney/s may act while you have mental capacity or only if you lose mental capacity and you can add other conditions. Choosing your attorney is one of the most important steps you take in setting up an Enduring Power of Attorney. For a Personal Care and Welfare Attorney you may want to select someone who knows you well and who you can rely on to respond to your preferences. They are required to encourage you to act on your behalf and participate in the community as much as possible, so having your attorney living close by is helpful. For your Property Attorney you should choose someone able to handle money matters easily and responsibly. There is a statutory requirement that your attorney maintain financial records and make these records available to any person you have stipulated should receive them. The role of attorney is one of great responsibility and it carries with it legal obligations. It is something you should review periodically to ensure you have the people you continue to have trust in, and, are able to act for you. While you have mental capacity, you can revoke the appointment of an attorney by providing them with notice in writing. At Harmans we have a specialist seniors team to help with any queries and to assist you to set up deeds that best meet your needs. Give Phillipa Shaw a call on 379 7835 to arrange an appointment to discuss your situation.
10 hours ago - Auckland
Sisterly Love – family support for Jem. When Jem was diagnosed with cervical cancer, it was a devastating blow for her and her family. Finding out she needed surgery at a hospital hours away from home made the news even more stressful. What was meant to be only a three-day stay in hospital due to complications turned into a much longer. Jem’s sister, Maddy, told us: “I t wasn’t all smooth sailing and Jem had post-operative complications that saw her hospitalised for a lot longer. We ended up needing to stay at Domain Lodge for around four weeks.” Domain Lodge is one of Cancer Society’s six Lodges around the country providing free accommodation for those undergoing life-saving cancer treatment far from home. The stress of the long daily drives to treatment or trying to find other accommodation is taken away. Fortunately, Jem and her family were able to stay are Domain Lodge throughout Jem’s surgery and treatment. Being so close to Jem while she was so unwell in the hospital was such a relief for the whole family, Maddy says: “The best thing about staying at the Lodge, was the close proximity to the Hospital. We were directly across the road, and able to come and go as we needed to help Jem, and also give her rest time. We were only minutes away when she needed us which was huge peace of mind for us.” Cancer Society’s Lodges are vital for hundreds of patients who stay every year. Providing a caring and friendly environment, a home away from home for patients and their much-needed support networks. After the urgent hysterectomy Jem thought her dreams of being a mother were shattered. Then her sister Maddy text saying: “You can have my womb.” The family share this heart-warming story in their book - “Amazing Grace: A story of surrogacy and the love of two sisters”. Because of the support Jem, and her family, received from Cancer Society they have chosen to kindly donate a portion of the book sales to support New Zealanders facing cancer – we are truly grateful. Find out more about Jem's story here - A story of surrogacy and the love of two sisters | Amazing Grace And, if you’d like more information about support services available from Cancer Society or to help New Zealanders facing cancer visit our website - Cancer Society NZ — Auckland
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14 hours ago
Kiwis have always had a love affair with owning their own home. In a Stuff article published last year, Trade Me property sales director Gavin Lloyd says there are two main reasons for that: “the enduring quarter-acre dream and the promise of big returns.” Yet as we get older, home ownership is becoming less and …
2 days ago
A recent Stuff article written by journlaist Jim Tucker showed that renewing his driver's licence was much simpler than he thought. With permission from Waka Kotahi, we have taken some excerpts from its Renewing your driver licence as a senior handbook and website to give a brief overview of the licence renewal process. You can download the full handbook for free from the Waka Kotahi website or request free hardcopies by calling 0800 822 422.
Entry is managed by a process known as Needs Assessment. To begin this process you either need to talk to your doctor about the issues that are leading you to take this step or you can contact the agency responsible for managing assessments (most commonly known as NASC) yourself. Undergo an assessment. The type of assessment used in New Zealand is interRAI. An assessment is not something you pass...
A patient portal allows you to see your own health information. It is accessed via a secure website. While not yet available at all practices you can enquire about it. You can generally join up via your health care providers website or enquire about it when you next visit. It usually allows you to: request repeat prescriptions book appointments see your lab results see your GP's clinical notes see...