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Sorry! and holiday issues

The idea of this blog was to talk about issues that impacted on the WHOLE of the aged care sector, not just the ones experienced in our home town. However since the Christchurch earthquake it seems that everything that is on my mind and being discussed around me is to …

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Lessons

Up here in the Bay of Plenty, where I am currently visiting services who support older people, there is so much interest in how those of us from Christchurch are faring ‘post –quake’. There’s also a huge amount of interest in what lessons we have learnt from this dreadful experience. …

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Respite

RESPITE – Google defines it as: • reprieve: a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort • a pause from doing something (as work); "we took a 10-minute break"; "he took time out to recuperate" • suspension: an interruption in the intensity or amount of something • a pause for relaxation; …

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Who am I to complain…

What do you do when you’re dissatisfied with a service you’ve paid to receive? Personally, I’m a complainer. I used to be better at it when I was younger (I hear some of you stay ‘but you’re still young’ – yes, agreed, but when I was a little younger…). I …

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Power; Grey Power’s way…

Grey Power have released another statement trying to bring attention to the fact that power; its supply and the rate at which it is charged, is such a key issue for older people. Many agencies who work with and for older people often lament the fact that when a power …

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Employment Issues

So people are fleeing Christchurch and heading all over New Zealand and the world. Just yesterday I farewelled a friend of mine who had emigrated from the UK – the stress of the quakes had made her realize just how far away from her support network she really was. Luckily …

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THANK-YOU DAY

Today is ‘THANK-YOU DAY’ in Christchurch. This morning The Press carried a heartfelt thank-you to those who helped Cantabrians during our crisis. Now we want to add our own thanks. The number of support messages and offers of help we have received or processed have been overwhelming. What a powerful …

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Questions

It’s been just over a week and for those who have lost loved ones, jobs and homes life seems to have stood still. For those of us over in the eastern suburbs who are still living with no water, no power, no sewerage life is a bit of a battle. …

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Beginnings and Endings

Well, since we have received some news coverage today, albeit as a result of a terrible disaster, it seems that now may be a pertinent time to begin the latest Eldernet venture – the Eldernet Gazette. While the last week has been a terribly frightening and sad time for the …

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