WDHB older people health services web resource draws strong interest

19 March 2013
Whanganui’s older people and their families are making good use of a resource launched on the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) website late last year to provide information on services for older people available in the Whanganui region.
The ‘Older People Health Services’ section includes pages on:
  • ageing well
  • how to access local DHB services
  • specialist services for older people
  • what every older person should consider (Advance care planning)
  • advisory services with links to other relevant information.
WDHB senior mental health & health of older people portfolio manager Andrea Bunn says given that Whanganui has a large population of over 65-year-olds, the WDHB is keen to highlight the resource and encourage more older people and their families to visit it. The pages are updated on a regular basis.
“Whanganui was pleased to be the first of the Central Region DHBs to make this comprehensive resource available to its community,” Mrs Bunn says. “Our information will help guide other DHBs who plan to launch their own resource.
“Apart from its usefulness for older people who need practical advice and support now, the resource offers a page titled What every older person should consider for those who, wisely, are planning for their end of life years.
“The WDHB is very clear about wanting to encourage people to think hard about how they want to be cared for at a time when they may not be able to make decisions about this. It’s a conversation we need to have with ourselves, those who care about us and ultimately, those who may be responsible for our welfare.”
Mrs Bunn says the six central region DHBs are taking the opportunity to link in with the Alzheimers New Zealand website which features a Central Region DHB location map designed to make it easy for locals and out-of-town people to research the services that they or their family member can tap in to.
Click here to view the Older People Health Services section.