The release of the latest Where from Here He Ara Whakamua handbook – which covers the Upper South Island – marks more than 30 years of what is commonly referred to as the “older person’s bible.” The latest edition covers Canterbury, South Canterbury, West Coast and Nelson/Marlborough regions.
The Eldernet Group director, Eleanor Bodger, says the latest handbook has coincided with some major developments in the aged care sector. “In April, the Government announced major reforms to the health system which will come into effect from next year, while New Zealand’s 2021 budget was announced last week and promises significant changes to health funding.”
“Older people are also navigating the closure of banks and posts offices across the country, the removal of cheques and the shutting down of the copper phone and broadband network. Basically, it’s complicated getting older; Where from Here is all about empowering people to journey through this stage of life by giving them the tools needed to make decisions that are right for them.”
While the Where from Here handbook has gone through several name changes since its creation by a team of social workers way back in 1989, its focus on providing older people and their support networks with the information needed to make informed decisions about their future has never wavered. Its pages are full of essential information including looking after your mental and physical wellbeing, getting help at home and how to care for carers, setting up enduring powers of attorney, accessing financial assistance and staying safe from scams, and details about retirement facilities. It lists all residential homes in the region and specifies the level of care each one provides, and also highlights home help providers, Kaumatua services and day care providers throughout the region.
Specific editions of Where from Here have been created to cover every area in New Zealand and editions are updated regularly to ensure all information remains relevant. It is available free of charge via health professionals such as social workers, NASC and Care Coordination Centre teams at public hospitals. You may also be able to get a copy at your local GP, library, Age Concern, Grey Power or Citizens Advice Bureau. Books can also be ordered online at www.carepublications.co.nz or by contacting Care Publications 0800 162 706.
The Where from Here handbook is developed by the team behind www.eldernet.co.nz (New Zealand’s leading online information source for older people and their whānau) and www.retirementvillages.co.nz (which has more retirement village listings than any other website in the country).