Age Concern Flaxmere
Support Services, Information, Advice and Personal Advocacy: Responding in person/phone to a range of queries from older people
and their carers eg. Advising where to obtain a service, what is
available. Providing confidential support and empowerment to older
Information Resources: Providing written materials eg. pamphlets and resources eg. videos and books.
Visiting Services: Providing visitors who make regular visits to socially isolated older people in their homes via Age Concern Accredited Visiting Service and non-accredited programmes.
Education: Holding education seminars for the public eg. positive ageing, Enduring Power of Attorney, etc.
Social Activities: Holding events that provide social connection between older people eg. drop in centres.
Transport: Providing a transport service to places such as clinics or shopping centres.
Total Mobility Scheme: Providing assessment and provision of Total Mobility taxi vouchers.
In-home Support: Referring on to recommended services (eg. trade services) that can
provide for the necessary maintenance work to be done in client's homes.
Referring on volunteer workers to undertake small jobs for older people
Exercise/Mobility: Holding exercise programmes in the local community.
Sale or loan of equipment: Wheelchairs; scooters, and other adaptive equipment available.
Representation: Providing representation and advice on older peoples' issues to local influential groups eg. District Councils.
Taking the chances to change lives
The opportunity for Age Concern Flaxmere to highlight the prevalence of depression and suicide amongst older people at a youth-focused event, led to a chance meeting with Eileen, who wandered by our stand.
Eileen was just after a bit of shade on a hot Hawkes Bay day, but once seated she opened up about how lonely life had been since her husband’s death. She just wanted something to do and people to talk to. We talked to her about our day programmes and she left us armed with pamphlets outlining the services that may help her. We also arranged for our community worker to visit her.
The following week Eileen came to our social day and met up with old friends. Since then she has joined our ‘Arts ‘n’ Crafts’ and exercise group and is a regular at our social day. Eileen now enjoys having somewhere to go and people to talk to on a regular basis.