News from Age Concern Canterbury

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Jun 11 2015

We are in the planning stage of the 2015 Age Concern Expo celebrating older people. If you are interested in a stall whether you are a social agency or club, business or Government body we welcome expressions of interest. 
Please contact Yvonne Palmer on DDI3317808, 0272295049 or email:
The Expo is at Papanui High School, Langdons Road from 9.30am - 2.30pm on Monday, 28 September, 2015.

Jun 03 2015

Elder Abuse Awareness Week June 15 -22 
Key message
Every year, thousands of older New Zealanders are being abused and it’s our responsibility as a community to ensure that older people are always respected, never abused.
What is elder abuse and neglect? 
Elder Abuse and Neglect is a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.  
About Elder Abuse Awareness Week June 15-22 2015
•Elder Abuse Awareness Week runs from June 15-22. The week starts on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15. The campaign message is that older people should be ‘Always Respected, Never Abused’.
•Visit to find out about the key issues, what’s happening in local areas and to donate. 
How you can help to prevent elder abuse
•Love and cherish your older relatives/whānau
•Speak respectfully to older people/ kaumātua
•Include older people/ kaumātua in your social activities
•Phone or visit your older relatives/whanau
•Support older people/ kaumātua to spend their money how they wish
•Encourage and support older people/ kaumātua to make their own decisions
•Honour older people’s/ kaumātua’s wisdom
•Enable older people/ kaumātua to set their own pace
•Respect older people’s/ kaumātua’s stories
•Seek advice from an Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention Service when you think an older person/ kaumātua is being abused or neglected
About elder abuse
•Each year, Age Concern’s Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention services receive more than 2,000 referrals for older people who may be facing elder abuse or neglect.  That’s eight referrals every working day.
•We believe people need to take a more active role in supporting the health and well-being of older people.
•Commonly, there are several types of elder abuse that can occur, such as; financial, psychological and physical. 
•Startling research shows that three quarters of elder abuse occurs at the hands of people’s own family members.
•There is a fear with older people that if they speak-out they will lose the only social support network they have, especially if the abuser is a relative. 

May 14 2015

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May 14 2015

EQC focussed on completing last 2% of home repairs

With 98% of its Canterbury home repairs completed or underway, the Earthquake Commission is ensuring the remaining claims have a clear path to being settled, EQC Chief Executive, Ian Simpson says.

“EQC has confirmed a settlement path for all but the most complex building claims, which make up the remaining 2%.

 “EQC has about 2,000 home repairs underway or with a confirmed start date in Canterbury. That leaves approximately 1300 Canterbury Home Repair Programme (CHRP) repairs yet to begin. Of these about half are on hold because the owners have deferred repairs,” Mr Simpson says.

 As part of finalising the claims that will be settled by a managed repair, EQC has been identifying those claims that have exceeded the $100,000 EQC cap or are highly likely to. Claims over the EQC cap are passed on to private insurers.

 In the first quarter of this year we identified about 300 claims that had gone over cap or are highly likely to go over cap and have informed the customers’ private insurers.

 “We’ve also told private insurers we expect there will be approximately a further 200 more claims to go over cap. In April EQC contacted customers likely to go over cap to discuss their situation with them.

 “EQC started contacting other customers in the CHRP range who do not have a confirmed start to their managed repair. We are also calling those who have deferred their managed repair to ensure both EQC and the customers are clear by 1 June on how their building claim will be settled,” Mr Simpson says.

 From 1 June, no more customers will be accepted into CHRP unless they have a prior agreement with Fletcher EQR or EQC. EQC’s intention in setting this date, is to confirm a clear path for settlement by 1 June.

 From that date, both the customer and EQC should be clear about how the customer’s claim will be settled. Customers still in dispute can continue talking to EQC but settlement will not be as part of CHRP. Settlement will depend on their individual claim circumstances. Previously cash-settled customers will not be able to opt back in to CHRP. This is so EQC can finalise numbers left to adequately resource remaining repairs.

 “The deadline does not signal the closure of the programme and repairs will continue for as long as needed to complete those we are committed to.

 “Cash settlement remains an option, that’s why it is important for people who are not sure about their status to contact EQC or talk to other agencies, such as the Residential Advisory Service (RAS).  RAS is free and independent,” Mr Simpson says.

 Customers uncertain about their claim status can phone 0800 DAMAGE or make an appointment with EQC’s Community Contact Team which is available face-to-face at the community-led In the Know Information Hub at Eastgate Shopping Centre until 25 June.

Apr 24 2015

We have bought new premises at 24 Main North Road, Papanui. The building is being strengthened and fitted for purpose and the tentative day for our big move is 20 July. We'll keep you informed of progress.