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Support at Home

Introduction

Sometimes a little extra support is all you need to remain living healthily and independently in your own home.

There are many providers that offer support services, all across New Zealand and many of these  have detailed information about their services on the Eldernet site.

The type of services on offer range widely from: equipment that will help you achieve everyday tasks,  driving services to take you shopping, someone to walk the dog with you, or sleepover at your place to assist you as you convalesce, help you with housework or your personal care etc.

There are also some agencies who will deliver ‘funded’ services (generally under contract to agencies such as ACC or the DHB).  Many of these now have a focus on helping you retain skills and even restore them where possible e.g. 'getting back on your feet' following an illness or surgery. Eligibility to these services is determined by an assessment which is undertaken by specialist teams known as NASC/Care Coordination.

Use the Eldernet site to help you discover some of the services that may be available.

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Common sense and a healthy amount of scepticism can keep you safe from those who want to rip you off. If an offer seems too good to be true, then it probably is. In the same way that being fearful of others can lead older people to isolate in their homes, fear of being scammed …

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Putting the clients of home help in control

In the last two decades, there has been a sea change in how older people are assisted to stay living in their own homes. From a focus on ‘doing things for people’, the approach is to assist people to maximise their ability to do it for themselves. This is called restorative home support, or RHS....

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