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I need extra support at home. What options are available?

It's normal to worry when you find you are struggling with day-to-day tasks. It can feel like you've lost a sense of control over your life.

Yet, worry can be a motivating force too. Many people find that being clearer about what might be going on for them, such as understanding what health and other issues need to be addressed or better managed, allows them to feel more in control of their situation. The first thing to do is to talk to someone who understands the sort of issues older people face, such as a practice nurse or social worker at your medical practice. You can also contact the older persons’ service at your local hospital. They will ask you a few questions and advise you on the best course of action. They may recommend you have an assessment to help determine what’s going on for you.

You will find many useful services for older people in New Zealand on Making life Easier - browse through a wide of services and support options to give you ideas about what is out there to help older people. 

Updated: 11 Jun 2024
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