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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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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.


Funded Family Care: How it works

If you support a disabled person aged 18 to 65 and have been assessed as being eligible for the Funded Family Care payment, here is how it works!


Care Planning Tools

Download our planning tools to ensure uninterrupted support for a loved one if you fall ill, have an accident, or die suddenly.


Support At Home: Help At Home Or Away!

Think ahead to get the support you need over the summer months. Here are suggestions from an expert planner, Access Homehealth's Jo Kara!

Summer can be a relaxing time of year ... in theory, anyway!

Many of us have our annual holidays during the summer months, allowing the busy home support workforce to rest and recharge. But summer can also be a season of uncertainty and disrupted routines for those who rely on help from others, and for family carers, who sometimes work harder than ever to assist loved ones when the paid workforce is on holiday.

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Support At Home: Planning for the 'What Ifs'

What if the person supporting you becomes ill, has a serious accident, or dies suddenly? What would happen if someone relies on your support and you are incapacitated? The team at Access says it pays to think about the 'what ifs'.

We are all brilliant at putting off thinking about adverse events that could happen today, tomorrow, or in the foreseeable future. The thing is, emergencies do happen; if we are unprepared, they could have disastrous impacts for us or for someone we care about.

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Forward Thinking

Putting support plans in place for yourself or others will ensure uninterrupted care if there is an emergency. By Sarah Wale

All of us over a certain age or who live with serious health or disability needs give passing thought to what would happen if we were unable to look after ourselves. Some of us need to think more deeply about this possibility because others rely on our support; advance planning is crucial to ensure ongoing care for them if we can no longer provide it.

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Advice: Enduring Powers of Attorney

BigTickFor those of us supporting an older person, someone with a disability, or other health condition, you should consider looking into setting up enduring powers of attorney (EPA). 

You'll find helpful information about the two different types of EPA, choosing your attorney, existing EPAs, and much more on these websites:

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Disaster Planning


The Christchurch earthquake gave many Kiwi families a jolt: just how well prepared are the rest of us for a similar emergency?

The Canterbury earthquake reminded everyone to check their emergency supplies, restock batteries and water, and review their family or business emergency plans.

Being prepared for emergencies is especially important for older people and those with health and disability needs.

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Downsizing? Choices, Choices!

Considering a change of home and lifestyle? It's good to be proactive if you have outgrown your family home, have health concerns, or want to be closer to family. Who's out there to help with this major change? Diana Noonan reports.

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Ministry of Health: Information for Older People

YoungOldHandsIf you support an older person, visit the Services for Older People section of the Ministry of Health’s website for helpful information and resources. 

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All You Ever Wanted to Know About Personal Medical Alarms

Personal medical alarms and monitors give peace of mind, and help many Kiwis remain independent in their own homes. By Diana Noonan. 

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Family Care Agreements: Sort Out the Financial Details Upfront!

FingerFamilyWhen Andrew* shifted in with his elderly parents, he gave little thought to the impact this might have on his retirement, midlife earnings, or ability to afford a home of his own one day. 

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Advice: Choosing + Managing Support Staff

More New Zealanders who have extra needs are choosing their own support staff to help them live independently at home. Rhett Brown, regular Family Care columnist and motivational speaker, shares his experiences about hiring and training support workers, and offers tips about how to use their services effectively.

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Support At Home: Needs Assessment and Service Coordination

If you are assisting elderly friends or family members, or need more help yourself these days to continue living independently at home, you may be eligible for government-funded assistance.

All New Zealanders who have ongoing health or disability support needs can be considered for various kinds of assistance. You'll need what's known as a needs assessment to access any publicly funded help.

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Health Genealogy

FingerFamilyWe often look at a newborn baby and marvel at how he has his grandmother’s eyes or her father’s chin, but we don’t typically wonder what else may have been inherited from past generations. By Francie Smith.

Past Clues

Caring For You

CaringBridge: Bringing People Together During Any Health Event

CaringBridgeCaringBridge is a free service friends, whānau, and family can use to stay in close touch during any type of health event. 

Emergency Planning Tools: Get Thru If You Need Extra Support

Emergency Get Thru PlanIf you or a member of your household has any special needs that may affect your ability to cope in a disaster, make arrangements now to ensure you get the help you need if there is an emergency.


Diabetes NZ: Pamphlets, Booklets, Support + Advice

Diabetes Disaster KitCarers NZ surveys indicate that many of New Zealand's family carers have diabetes, or support someone who do.


Mobility Parking Permit: Apply Online!

CCSMobilityParkingPermitThe mobility parking permit scheme makes getting around local communities a bit easier for more than 100,000 New Zealanders! 

You can learn more about the scheme and download an application form here! 


CCS Disability Action: Working with Health Professionals

CCSDisabilityActionLogoWhen your child is diagnosed with a disability you may feel overwhelmed by the huge amount of information, or the words your doctor or specialist uses may be confusing. 


Help + Information from the Cancer Society of NZ

Cancer Society LogoThe website of the Cancer Society is an important source of information for New Zealanders affected by cancer and their families. The Society provides information about types of cancer, diagnosis, methods of treatment, and advice about living with cancer. 

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Advice: Supporting Elderly Parents

ClipBoardHow will you know when your elderly parents need more help?

This can be a difficult issue to gauge, especially if you don’t live within an easy distance to your family. A needs assessment is the formal gateway to ensure your elderly relatives are receiving the various forms of support they should be.

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How Carers NZ can help

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