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Distance Caring

If you live across town, across the country, or across the world from someone who needs your help, here are ideas to bridge the distance. By Beatrice Hale

Caring at a distance involves two places: where you live, and where whoever needs your support lives. Ten to one these days you are living in another town, maybe even another country, and there is physical distance between you and the person who relies on you.

First things first for those of us caring at a distance: ourselves. Often we have to deal with guilt-inducing whispers from the past.

Support At Home: Kitchen Confidential

It's natural to exchange personal information when a support worker comes into your home, but they also need to maintain professional boundaries. After all, they are there to do a job: to help you retain or regain your independence!

Providing support gives an intimate glimpse into one another’s lives. A support worker’s role is different from many other jobs. They have personal contact with their clients, close contact with clients' families, and their workplace is their client’s home, a very important symbol of independence.

Caring For You

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.

Supporting Others

Complex Care Group


Complex Care Group (CCG) is a support and information network for a special group of carers, run by carers, who look after young people with complex needs. 

Visit the CCG website to:

Practical Planning

Being Prepared For Homecare Visits

Often visits from health and support professionals are carefully timed, so ensure you get the help you need by being well prepared. Access Homehealth Regional Manager Jo Kara has shared some practical suggestions to help readers maintain successful partnerships with support visitors.

If you receive visits from support workers, nurses, and other helpers, be prepared. Have clothing, cleaning items, meal ingredients, soap, towels, and anything else you're likely to need ready when they arrive!

Practical Planning

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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Rural Support Options

Tight-knit, loyal, renowned for caring on their own and for their own, the strength of NZ's rural communities is legendary. So it’s no wonder that many country folk are reluctant to move away from the place they love best, even as they age or face life-changing circumstances. The question, of course, is do they need to? Diana Noonan explores rural support options.

Practical Planning

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. 

Supporting Others

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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Carer Story: A Friend for Mum!

When Family Care editor Laurie Hilsgen's Mum shifted to an assisted living apartment, her seven children hoped she would settle easily and make new friends. But chronic loneliness prompted a rethink, and feisty debate among the siblings. If their Mum was finding it hard to make friends, should they hire one to visit her each week?

Blood is thicker than water, but fresh blood has its place.
Our family learned this lesson when, following a nasty case of shingles, our 81 year old mother suddenly needed 24/7 care and had to leave her home of nearly 60 years.

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Help from Your Pharmacy to Stay Independent at Home

YellowTickMany community pharmacists and pharmacies offer a service to help customers stay independent, healthy and active. The Supporting Independent Living Programme addresses issues that threaten the health, independence and quality of life of people as they age or cope with ill health and/or disability.

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How Carers NZ can help

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