Age Concern Waitaki – North Otago Branch
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.
Visiting Services: Providing volunteer visitors who make regular visits to socially isolated older people in their homes.
Social Activities: Holding events that provide social connection between older people eg. drop in centres
Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention Service: We don't have this service at present being handled by us. If we hear of any elder abuse or neglect happening in the community we pass it on to police or social services.
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.
Food Services: Providing in-home food services, such as Meals on Wheels.
Sale or loan of equipment: wheelchairs, data projector
Representation: Providing representation and advice on older peoples' issues to local influential groups eg. District Councils.
Working with others
We know we can’t be everything to everyone, so when Desmond, who is 65 years old and has early onset dementia, needed help, Age Concern Waitaki got together with a number of local government and not-for-profit agencies.
Working with Alzheimer’s Otago, Southern DHB social workers, the police and Healthcare New Zealand we have put a package of care around him to enable him to live in the community with his partner. The care package includes a wander track device, home supports, personal cares and regular respite.