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Ageing in place

Building to meet the needs

Many reports suggest that New Zealand’s housing stock isn’t set up to cope with our ageing population. Earlier this year the Government released it’s housing stock-take report, which shows an additional 2,000 people a year are claiming both an accommodation supplement and superannuation. Why is this? Dropping home ownership rates …

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Safety First – House Maintenance

We love our DIYing! There is not much New Zealander’s wont ‘give a go’ first and this especially is true when it comes to house maintenance (read more about our DIY attitude here). However there are a few things that should be considered before starting. It is important to take note …

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Looking after the exterior

In our last gazette article we talked about the importance of decluttering and keeping the house clean, but what about the exterior? Whether you have a quarter-acre section or a small patio there are important things to do to make sure the exterior of your house and section are well …

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Declutter your life!

Keeping your house clean and uncluttered is important for remaining independent. Uncluttering and cleaning can help reduce the risk of the things that usually result in people needing a higher level of care i.e. falls. Reducing clutter opens up spaces which reduces the possibility to make sure that you are …

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Keeping your gardening manageable

As we already know, gardening is good for us both mentally and physically (read more about this here). However what happens when our mobility gets in the way of keeping our garden under control? The toughest call any gardener will face is acknowledging when it’s time to do less, either …

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Getting Help for Home Maintenance

The home is where the family comes together to experience security, shelter and safety. Because we spend more than 50 percent of our lives indoors, it is important to make sure we have a healthy home in which to live. Keeping your house well maintained is imperative not only for …

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The new population of renters

In recent years there has been an increasing number of older adults needing rental accommodation in New Zealand. A new study by the Population Ageing Technical Advisory Group has found the country’s housing stock is ill-prepared to deal with a growing number of older tenants.  The Bay of Plenty case …

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Are you thinking of downsizing?

It’s safe to say homeowners typically do not daydream about buying a smaller home. However, there may come a time when that starts looking like an appealing option, usually when the upkeep of a big home becomes too much for physical, psychological or practical reasons. Unfortunately, often the sudden realisation …

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