Age Concern Whangarei
Support Services, Information, Advice and 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
people. One does not require to be a member to access our services though we do appreciate your support to our Organisation.
Information Resources: Providing two information Boards full of brochures on topics pertinent to Older People.
- Dedicated Carer Relief Service: An Age Concern Whangarei staff member will relieve the fulltime unpaid carer/family member on a regular basis to provide stress relief and time out.
Education: Information seminars focusing on current and relevant topics related to Positive Ageing, Health and Well-being. A good variety is provided to give opportunity for those who would otherwise be socially isolated to join together to be informed, educated and have social contact.
Total Mobility Scheme: Providing assessment and provision of Total Mobility ID Cards for reduced fares for people with disabilities or health problems.
- Home Maintenance Advisory Service A wide range of minor repairs and replacements and advice offered - no job too small. Materials at cost.
- Weekly Garage Sale onsite: Open Thursdays 9:30 - 12 noon. Donations gratefully received.
Fred and Joan have struggled with health issues for years and Joan is exhausted because of dealing with her own health decline and as a result of the added responsibilities she now faces with Fred's decline in health. Joan contacted Age Concern Whangarei to ask for help and was referred to our Field Coordinator who identified a need for the Dedicated Carer Relief Service (DCRS). This was duly set up with care to meet the needs and match the client with a staff member who had similar interests, particularly in music.
We sent our DCRS staff member, who is a male, to spend weekly time with the Carer's husband. This has brought great enjoyment into the Carer, Client and staff member's lives as the staff member brings his piano Accordion when visiting and he and the client have a "Jam" session together, with the client now playing his own keyboard piano which he had stopped doing due low mood and illness, his wife states. A third person has been invited sometimes into the home as well so the three have great fun and look forward to their time together.
The wife, who is the full time unpaid carer, has commented on the pleasure it has brought her, knowing her husband has male company and is getting joy from his music. She says the match between the Client and Staff member is a good fit as they have a lot in common and she herself feels a lot of relief from stress as a result of the service provided.