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It's all about Respect
Lack of respect can lead to Elder Abuse
Is this happening to you or someone you love?
Age Concern Southland
Now that Christmas is over, it's easy to forget that
older members of the community may feel more
isolated than ever before.
The festive season is usually when we have the opportunity to spend
time with loved ones, but now that it's over, it could mean an elderly
person won't have anyone calling in for quite some time again.
The team at Age Concern want to highlight the invaluable service they
provide to the community and even if you don't have the time to spend
with an older person yourself, making the elderly person aware of what's
on offer at the centre could result in a big difference in his/her life.
"Isolation can lead to health problems," explains Manager of Age
Concern and Co-ordinator for Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention
Service, Janette Turner.
"We want to let people know we are here.
Age Concern are located at the corner of Forth and Nith Sts, where a
wonderful facility was created in 1968 giving elderly people support, a
listening ear and a venue to socialise in.
The centre is open weekdays from 9am to 4pm and people are free to
drop in for an hour or else spend the day there. The midday meals that
are offered from Tuesdays to Fridays are a popular drawcard for people,
with approximately 160 eating lunch at the centre in any given week.
A warm atmosphere and appetising three course meal is available for $9
and frozen take-home meals are also available to purchase for $7 and
$3 for a container of soup.
Activities such as bowls, card games, pool, concerts and housie and trips
to various locations throughout the South, make the Age Concern centre
a great way of meeting and making new friends.
Here in Southland an Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention service
is provided by Janette Turner. Being the Elder Abuse and Neglect
Prevention coordinator is one of the most rewarding, yet frustrating
jobs. Rewarding in the knowledge of assisting elderly to understand
and enable them to live within their basic rights, frustrating in that this
Examples of abuse include where family members pressurize their
elderly parents into supply them with cash. This can be in the form
of presenting unpaid bills, asking for money for cigarettes, or saying
that the parents should be paying out the inheritance now, as the
government will get it if they require residential care, or a lot will be
lost in tax after they die,. This is a crossover of both psychological and
financial abuse as it inevitably will make the elderly feel guilty, about the
money that is theirs to do with as they please.
Another downfall for the elderly person is the door to door salesman.
These are often well-spoken and persistent individuals who will
pressurize until a sale is made. Many elderly have said they have signed
a contract or given money just to get rid of the salesman. My advice is
not to agree to anything without first getting independent advice --
from family or even a good neighbour. You are far better to seek the
services for a need that you have, rather than respond to one that you
are told by a stranger that you may have.
Age Concern Southland provides caring volunteer visitors for older
people with their Accredited Visiting Service AVS client Joanne (not her
real name) has had her life transformed since receiving the service. She
says, "[my visitor] has become the daughter I never had, I don't know
what I would do without her. She's caring, remembers my birthday, takes
me out to see other people. In other words I love her."
To find out more about the Age Concern Accredited Visiting service,
contact Chris at your local Age Concern.
Age Concern Southland is older people's first port of call when they
and their family/whanau need information, advice, referral and support.
They know what the community can offer and can help make links. Jan
Pfeifer is the Community Worker/Educator and is available to come out
and see what your needs are and refer you to the appropriate partner
agencies or just have a chat and see what your needs are.
The Age Concern Centre is always on the lookout for volunteers for all
aspects of their services. If you have an hour to spare a week, you could
become a visitor for the Visiting services. Their kitchen is always looking
for someone who has a bit of spare time through the week. They
provide a very friendly and inviting atmosphere to work in and really
appreciate their volunteers and could not provide the services they do
without them. If you do have some free time each week and are willing
to volunteer phone Jenny on 03 2186351.
Age Concern has gained funding through PH Vickery to provide a van
service which runs four days a week to pick people up and bring them
into the centre.
Age Concern believe that if people focus on respecting all older people
this will stop abuse happening in the community.
"Anyone can call Age Concern confidentially if they are concerned about
an elderly neighbour or relative they know," says Janette.
Age Concern New Zealand has a page of tips from older people for
keeping connected at www.ageconcern.org.nz.
Age Concern receives funding from PH Vickery, Community Trust of
Southland, Invercargill Licensing Trust, New Zealand Lotteries Grants
Board, Duncan Bickley Trust, COGS, Emma Sellars Trust, United Way and
many more. Without these funders they would not have the organisation
that they currently have to support the community.
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Rest homes: you don't lose your freedom
Going into a rest home is a major lifestyle change.
However after the initial transition many elderly
residents enjoy the freedom associated with
their new living environment.
For those contemplating the decision it is important
to do your homework first as there are an array of
marvellous rest homes in the area.
Most will offer an array of options and it makes sense
to visit each one to see if they meet your needs.
Contrary to popular belief rest homes today aren't
just for people who can't look after themselves.
They are the perfect alternative for those who enjoy
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close at hand.
It also gives family and loved ones peace of mind.
Rest homes can be the perfect choice for couples as
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Many rest homes in the region offer small flats on
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Another great aspect about rest homes is the non-
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These may include bus trips, bowls, cards and housie.
Rest homes pay an important role in the community
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