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Can you still cut your toenails?

You wouldn’t think that being able, or unable, to cut our toenails would be the “tipping point” between independence and needing help, but according to research done over the last 20-25 it is. The research conducted by the Newcastle University shows us that as we get older, we lose our …

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Residential Care Loans

While the Crown’s Residential Care Loan scheme is not available to many people it is something to be aware of as an alternative if you are not eligible for a Residential Care Subsidy and meet the scheme’s criteria. If you are living at home and assessed as requiring long term …

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Nursing Shortage in Aged Care Sector Needs Government Intervention

New Zealand’s aged care sector is experiencing a chronic nursing shortage and we now have a crisis situation on our hands. Immigration laws and procedures have made recruiting nurses from overseas tougher while our local nurses are leaving residential aged care in droves to take up higher paying positions in …

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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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Say No To Postcode Healthcare

It’s always gratifying when research validates the work we do in looking after older New Zealanders, especially when it’s credible, large-scale, and based on internationally accredited assessment tools. An in-depth look at nationwide data has highlighted strong improvements in health, mental health and well-being, pain management and sociability, for elderly …

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Caring for older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) residents

At a conservative estimate gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people make up ten percent of the population. Why do we not see ten percent of those living in aged care or accessing in home assistance identifying as LGBTI?  Is it because they have friends and family who are …

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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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