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A REFERENCE FOR HOME ASSISTANCE FOR SENIORS, N.Z.
I am pleased to write on behalf of Home Assistance for Seniors.
For the past three years this organization has been actively involved in the care of my brother, who suffers from advanced dementia. Care requirements have steadily increased over time, and have progressed to 24 hour home care.
I have had the opportunity to spend time with my brother, in the company of carers and have observed their management style.
Care provided includes preparation of meals and assistance at meal times, assistance with showering, toileting and dressing, supervision of medication, all daily activities including walks, drives, shopping and dining out and accompanying him to medical appointments.
All these services have been undertaken with persistent patience, courtesy, and good humour.
All the carers have been unfailingly kind, and respectful of my brother, often under very trying circumstances. They have shown professionalism, and common sense, knowing when to step in, and when not to. They have sort medical advice where appropriate, and have developed an appropriate and flexible regime for my brother’s care.
Communication with all family members has been excellent and care providers have been available to answer questions or concerns at any time. Urgent matters have been dealt with in a timely and appropriate manner.
I am profoundly grateful for the care by brother has received from Home Assistants for Seniors, and have no doubt that their expertise has extended the time my brother has been able to remain in his own home .
I recommend this service without reservation, and am happy to be contacted independently at any stage.
(Dr.) Jon Fogarty
14b Elgata Street
North Avoca 2250
In early 2016 my much loved brother was diagnosed with dementia and the very rapid cognitive decline in this vibrant, intelligent man filled him with acute anxiety and confusion and devastated his loving family. With his siblings in Australia, 3 of his 4 sons in London the greatest load fell to his much loved partner. He is a relatively young patient with enormous energy and used to a high level of fitness so it was exhausting to fulfil his needs.
After a tentative approach Home Assistants for Seniors to get some help, Jo Steel and Felicity Wallis came into all our lives with their professional efficient carers helping my brother’s anxiety and confusion reduce, and the pattern of his days providing a safe warm environment with hikes, drives, beach runs and supervised golf all taken on buy staff.
He is a challenging patient as there is a big difference in his mind and body ,however, as his carers got to know him, more glimpses of the witty, laughing irreverent person peep back and we are so aware this is due to the care provided well above all expectations.
Life is forever different for him but this care has allowed his loving partner some semblance of her former life, his children the security of the best care available and his siblings gratitude for all the kindness and dignity extended .
I highly recommend Home Care Assistants as the combination of professional skill, intuition, efficiency and reference always to the patient and his safety is unique.
Judy Dixon. Australia
16 JUNE 2016
Without the help from Home Assistance for Seniors it would have been extremely difficult for our dear 93 yr old mother to remain in her own home and enjoy her garden and surroundings.
Mum was a very independent person, in January 2016 she was still driving. To help her stay in her own home the family had a gardener and cleaner coming in once a fortnight. We desperately wanted to let mum stay at home, but unfortunately none of her children lived in Christchurch. Through word of mouth we heard about Home Assistance for Seniors. From the time we contacted Jo, Home Assistance for Seniors swung into action. Within a week of meeting Jo & Felicity, they had systems in place which suited mum, and her family. Three ladies, Carol, Caroline and Gwen were on a roster and one of them visited mum every day, seven days a week, mainly for company and to help encourage mum to eat, they prepared food for her to eat at night, helped her with her shopping and took her to appointments. These wonderful ladies quickly became mums close friends and she looked forward to them helping her. They went beyond their call of duty to help mum and our family really appreciated all the assistance, love and care they gave mum in her final weeks. With the special support that Home Assistance for Seniors gave mum, she stayed in her own home until she was hospitalised, where she passed away after a short period of time.
We cannot thank Home Assistance for Seniors enough, without their professional help it would not have been possible for mum to remain at home.
The Leith Family
During the last six months Home Assistants for Seniors have provided an outstanding level of care for our much loved Mother enabling a smooth transition from living in her own home to residing in a retirement village. The service has been adapted now she is settled in her new apartment in the Village.
The Assistant, Carol , provided by the aforementioned organization – was absolutely fantastic and provided excellent support for our Mother who has moderate dementia. This included companionship, accompanying her on outings, meal preparation and assistance with shopping and arranging appointments as required .
Most importantly we had the reassurance of knowing that the services being provided were being overseen by Jo and Felicity.
Without the ongoing support provided by Home Assistants for Seniors our Mother would have had to move into care much sooner.
We were kept well informed on any matters arising – this was done in a prompt, efficient and very professional manner.
Without hesitation we would recommend Home Assistants for Seniors.
- Appreciative Christchurch Family who can be contacted to discuss their experience with the Agency
I can’t speak highly enough about the work that Jo and Felicity and their “care givers” are doing. Jo and Felicity's professionalism and the quality of her “care givers” is exceptional and my brother, sister and I (and our mother), literally, could not contemplate being without them.
Jo Steel and Felicity Wallis have been supervising and assisting with the care of my mother for the past two years. My siblings and I all live outside Christchurch. My mother (85 years old) is in the early stages of dementia. The work of Jo and Felicity's company, Home Assistants for Seniors, has been essential in allowing our mother to continue to live a moderately independent life. This has provided us with the peace of mind, that Mum is being well cared for and has an appropriate level of companionship.
I would certainly recommend them to others seeking to ensure their ageing parents (or relatives) have a safe and secure social structure within which they can live, while retaining an appropriate degree of independence and autonomy.
Paul S. Elliott -Singapore
|Updated: 3 Jul 2017|
|HOME ASSISTANTS FOR SENIORS is not a franchaise. Felicity and Jo offer a very personal and flexible service as are passionate about giving seniors the option of staying in their own home.
Our assistants provide home care, companionship and support.
Services are personalised to include:
- outings and shopping
- escorting to appointments
- help with household tasks
- support - post hospital discharge
- live in night time support, long or short term
- ongoing communication with family
- supervised walking
All our services are tailored to meet the needs of the client. If the client's needs change the care plan of services can be immediately changed.
|Updated: 3 Jul 2017|
|We specialise in serving Christchurch.
|Updated: 16 May 2016|
|Type||Self Funded||Subsidised||After Hours|
|Registered Nurse (eg Wound Care, Medication)||No||No||Negotiable|
|Live In Care (24 Hr)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Personal Care (Showering, Dressing)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Updated: 17 Nov 2015|
|Specialities or Areas of Expertise.||Status||Details|
|Palliative Care Contract||Yes||Assistants can be engaged to give the family support.|
|Dementia Care||Yes||We can put a plan in place for those with early dementia so independent living is continued.|
|Physiotherapist||Yes||Felicity and Jo have spent many years in the health sector working as physiotherapists.|
|Updated: 16 May 2016|
|Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay||Status||Details|
|Booking can be made in advance||Yes|
|Updated: 1 Dec 2015|
|Type||Self Funded||Subsidised||After Hours|
|Meals (Frozen)||Yes||No||Yes||The Assistants are available for meal preparation.|
|Meals (Fresh or Hot)||Yes||No||Yes|
|Home Help (Housework/Cleaning etc.)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Updated: 2 Feb 2017|
|Companionship||Self Funded||Subsidised||After Hours|
|Day Programme (Dementia Care)||Negotiable||Yes||Yes|
|Day Programme (Non Dementia)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Other Social Support||Negotiable||Negotiable||Yes|
|Updated: 2 Nov 2015|
|Support & Advocacy||Status||Details|
|Support and Advocacy||Yes||Home Assistants For Seniors enables their clients to continue to enjoy a high quality of life. We give seniors the option to stay in their home. We offer 2 hours a week to 24 hour care.|
|Updated: 28 Aug 2017|
|HOME ASSISTANTS FOR SENIORS is a private Agency. Services are predominately funded privately however government funding may be accessed through Carer Support. The service is for those who want to remain living in the comfort of their own home.|
|Updated: 29 Sep 2016|
|Updated: 1 Dec 2015|
|Credentials & Membership||Status||Details|
|Other details||Yes||A holistic and personalised service for the elderly wanting to stay in the comfort of their own home. From as little as 2 hours a week to round the clock care.|
|Updated: 2 Feb 2017|
From the desk. September 2017
IT IS BEST TO BE INFORMED
Whenever we go out into the community to talk to people about the service we provide,
we often end up talking about Retirement Villages or Residential Care. How the costs
compare? What they are entitled to? Often one of the most important issues for our
parents’ and grandparents’ generation is how that will impact on their ability to leave
something to their children or grandchildren?
There are three main options for Seniors to consider and the reality is they all are “user pays”:
Residential Care: If they have assets over the asset threshold, they will be expected to
use those assets to pay for any care costs they may have in the future. The average
National cost is $1400/week plus extras. Potentially, the more our parents and
grandparents keep safe for that rainy day, the more they may have to pay in residential
care costs. The current asset threshold for a Work and Income Residential Care
Subsidy is $219,889 for a single person or for a couple when both are in care and
$120,416 for a couple where one is still living in the family home. If the value of the
assets, whether those assets are held jointly or separately, is over that threshold, our
parents will be required to pay for their care. And, if their investments are earning
interest, any interest earned will also go toward payment of their care costs.
Retirement Villages: A licence to occupy gives its holder no property rights, just the
right to stay as long as they are fit enough to do so, and when they do vacate, they or
their estate only get back around 70-75 per cent of the sum they paid for the licence as
the operator will deduct a deferred maintenance fee of 25-30 per cent. And even if it is
sold at a higher price the departing resident gets no share of the gains. It is not just the
purchase price prospective residents must consider, Residents also pay weekly fees
covering things like rates, security, gardening and maintenance. In addition to the
weekly payments the resident is still responsible for some of their own costs like
contents insurance. Research suggests that people making the decision to move into a
retirement village are not as well informed as they could be. The decision to move is
often prompted by a negative event. Villages are secure and friendly places to live,
however there are significant costs to retirement village living which will leave your
Staying in the family home with Private Care/Support in their own home:
Flexible support services tailored to their needs. In some cases Government funding in
the form of Carer Support is available. The service can be co-ordinated to work in with
Government funded home care providers which are assessed on needs and not asset
tested. The decline in independence is catered for while retaining social and
community connections. The property continues to increase in value so their estate
has the capital gain when sold.
Recommend that your parents and grandparents have a clear idea of what their
options are. As with all areas of estate planning, it is important that you seek good
advice from a legal and financial team who understand how this area may impact on you.
The only thing guaranteed is that we will all age and it will come at a cost to us.