Resources & Information

Care Matters: Wellbeing and Learning for Carers

If you care for a disabled family member under the age of 65, the new Care Matters service, delivered by SAMS and Parent To Parent, may be for you!

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Are you caring for an older family member or friend?

If you support an older loved one, this resource may help!

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Are you a young carer?

Advice and ideas for young carers, developed with guidance from Young Carers NZ!

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Are you an older person caring for your partner, family member, or friend?

Download our new resource for those who are older and who provide assistance for a family member or friend.

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Keep Going for Gold

The Keep Going for Gold resource is for people who are just turning 65 and is sent out with the SuperGold Card.

The resource was developed by ACC, and partners, to offer advice on keeping active, well and healthy for many years to come.

There is a lot of great information in the resource such as:

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Dementia and Travel

Alzheimer’s NZ says travelling with someone who has dementia or cognitive issues can be confusing or even dangerous if plans are not well thought out or if the person is not properly supported.

In the early stages, people who have had a diagnosis of dementia are often keen to live life to the full, and this is likely to involve travel.Leaving New Zealand usually involves flying, and most trips are long, with stopovers and crossing of time zones. This is stressful for most people, but more so for the person with dementia and their travel companions.

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Village Life

Retirement villages are springing up everywhere, offering worry-free lifestyles for older people and those who need extra support. Ranging from trendy apartments to standalone homes with plenty of space for guests, is village life for you? By Sarah Wale

What is a retirement village, exactly? It is somewhere for you to lead an active, independent life in your retirement, without the stresses of running and maintaining a home and garden. It will offer you security and companionship while enabling you to maintain as much privacy as you wish.

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Advice: Making Your Voice Heard

Being assertive is all about making sure your voice is heard and being able to clearly explain how you feel about something, what you need, or why you feel something should be changed. It means saying ‘yes’ when you want to and ‘no’ when you don’t agree with something or someone (rather than agreeing to something just to please someone else).

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Health Passport

A Health Passport is a booklet that you can carry with you when attending hospital appointments or meeting with other providers of health and disability services. It contains information about how you want people to communicate with you and support you. The Health and Disability Commissioner (HDC) is working with District Health Boards (DHBs) throughout New Zealand to introduce the Health Passport into our hospitals.

Resources

Whose Life Is It?

By Dr Maree Todd

A geriatrician’s caring journey with her parents has been a professional eye-opener.

I have been working with older people and their families for 20 years. Over this time I have seen the love, dedication and frustration experienced by family caregivers.

My own journey supporting my father, Russell, and his adventures with our health system, have left me in no doubt where the strengths and weaknesses are! On the same day, Dad could experience the best and the worst treatment possible.

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Staying Connected with Family in Residential Care

How can you stay close to loved ones who need residential or long-term care? Here are ideas from Lorraine Pollock, who manages Bupa’s Winara facility in Waikanae.

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