Age Concern Whangarei
Support Services, Information, Advice and Personal Advocacy: Responding in person or by phone to a range of queries from older
people and their carers e.g. advising where to obtain a service and what
is available. Providing confidential support and empowerment to older
Information Resources: Providing written materials eg. pamphlets and resources eg. dvd's and books.
Visiting Services: Providing visitors who make regular visits to socially isolated older people in their homes via the Age Concern Accredited Visiting Service.
Education: Holding education seminars for the public e.g. positive ageing, Enduring Power of Attorney, health and wellbeing.
Total Mobility Scheme: Providing assessment and provision of Total Mobility taxi vouchers for reduced fares for people with disabilities or health problems.
Home Maintenance: A wide range of minor repairs and replacements - no job too small. Materials at cost. We can recommend tradespeople.
Loan of equipment: Wheelchairs on a daily or weekly basis. Lending library.
Specialised support eases stress
Michael and Susan were trying to support each other through major illnesses when they came to the attention of Age Concern Whangarei.
We sent our Dedicated Carer Relief worker (who is also a nurse) to meet with them. She gained an insight into their lives and has helped them immensely. She told them how to change the personal needs caregivers they were unhappy with and they now have deaf-friendly equipment for the house, and enjoy a weekly shopping trip.
Michael and Susan have also benefited from having someone neutral to talk to about their estranged family, leading to more harmonious relationships.
This level of support has allowed Michael and Susan to once again feel part of the society they had withdrawn from.