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Wednesday May 10, 2017

Giving elderly a choice By Julia Czerwonatis

Donald ‘Don’ Patterson has been living in his family home in Karori all his life. Don is now 92, and while his family that used to live with him passed away, he wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. “My parents, my sister Pamela and I came over from Australia in 1936. I was just nine months old then so I’ve always considered myself a Kiwi,” Don said. “After Pam passed away in 2014 I was alone in the house. It suits me though, in a way I have always been a loner.” Don is being supported by carers from Elder Family Matters, enabling him to live and age at home. “Don is a fiercely independent man. He is comfortable at his home because he knows every step, every door, and every switch in the house, which is important because Don is almost blind,” Esther Consedine, general manager at Elder Family Matters, explained. The aged care provider supports elderly that wish to age at home. Six carers are currently looking after Don, helping him to keep the house clean, cooking meals or reading the paper to him. “I like to discuss politics. It’s good to have someone to talk to,” Don said. Carer Brenda Cleere said, Don was a living encyclopaedia. “I’ve learned so much

Don has been living with his family in his Karori house since he was a toddler. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

about history and politics from Don,” Brenda said. Esther said giving older people, like Don, a choice for how and where they want to age was a challenge as well as an opportunity for our society. “We have an aging population. It’s time that we start a discussion about how we want to enable elderly to age happily and healthy,” Esther said. The so called aging in place policy is supported by the government and District Health

Boards (DHB). “The Capital and Coast DHB [supports] people to remain independent and live in their own home,” Rachel Haggerty, executive director for strategy, innovation and performance, said. Regional rest homes have raised concerns saying the DHB has been assessing fewer people for aged care resulting in empty rest home beds and elderly having to finance their aged care without DHB support.

“We use a national assessment tool to determine what support is required, and have made it easier for people to remain in their homes with intensive support services around them when discharged,” Rachel stated. Esther said either aging at home or in a facility, it was about what the people wanted. “We need to make sure that we can provide options for our elderly and enable them to make their own choice.”

More green for Trelissick Park By Julia Czerwonatis

Volunteers from Crofton Downs, Ngaio and Khandallah meet up regularly to clean up their local park. Last week the Trelissick Park Group received 500 new plants from the Wellington City Council (WCC) giving the volunteers

plenty to do for their working bee on the weekend. “T he ten of us pla nted kawakawa, lemon wood, alerea paniculata, myrsine australis and flax,” Peter Reimann, chairman of the Trelissick Park Group, said. Since the group was first established in 1991, its volunteers have

planted over 90.000 new bushes, trees and flowers. “We have done quite a lot of work, and the park has improved, yet it still has a lot of problems,” Peter said. Upgrades from the railway line that is running along the outskirts of the park and people that dump their waste can pollute Trelissick. Growing weeds are

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