Age Concern Mid-North
He Manaakitanga Kaumātua o Te Taitokerau
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 people.
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 as well as a Subsidised Taxi Service 50% funded by the PHO
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 eg. gardening
Exercise/Mobility: Holding exercise programmes in the local community.
Representation: Providing representation and advice on older peoples' issues to local influential groups eg. District Councils.
Changing a life
Access to transport is by far the most needed and appreciated activity we service at Age Concern Mid North. Josie is just one example of its benefits. She needed our assistance to get to Whangarei Hospital as she was unable to drive and could not get appointments to match the hospital bus.
Josie is now much more active – on Elder Abuse Street Appeal Day she worked the Kaikohe streets for us. She also makes sure that she attends all of our activities and the opportunity for her to socialise and participate has made a very big difference to Josie’s daily life.