Mission for Seniors

Enhancing the quality of life, dignity and respect for older people with health, disability or social isolation issues

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P18 19. Mission for SeniorsHow The Mission helps seniors
Some are the main caregivers for their partner (often with dementia), an adult family member, or are informal carers for younger family members. Many people who access the Mission for Seniors programme are living alone and are looking for day-to-day help, or are overwhelmed by ongoing issues. Most have four or more long-term medical conditions. Often they’re experiencing an overarching feeling of loneliness because their family is not local, or they’re isolated from their community. 

What happens at Mission for Seniors
Our team of qualified and experienced social and case workers visit and support seniors in need, free of charge. The programme supports them to make positive changes to their well-being, become interdependent with their community, and remain in their own homes for as long as possible. 

Staff listen to what people are struggling with, and problem-solve by being an accessible information resource. Using a strengths-based approach is key for older people to feel empowered – together we’ll assess their situation, strengths and challenges, the transformation they want and what they are capable of achieving. 

Looking forward
Initially we can assist with everyday tasks that seniors often find difficult. However for long-term outcomes, we help people gain their rightful entitlements, connect them with the services they need in their community, and provide much-needed encouragement – all the while making sure to liaise with family and friends. Sometimes living alone at home is no longer practical or safe, so we’ll assist those who feel it’s time to move into a rest home or continuing-care hospital. By showing seniors the options that are available to them, they’re able to live a more full life.  

Many people move off the programme once they feel confident, or have completed their personal goals. However, they know they can get in touch with The Mission again if new challenges and difficulties arise.

During 2014-15
• 201 seniors were supported in their own homes
• 79% lived in Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt, 12% in Wellington and 9% in Porirua
• 135 client cases were closed, with 90 seniors fully and successfully completing all the objectives in their plans
• Staff made 1,009 face-to-face contacts with seniors, and 1,002 contacts via phone and email
• Staff made 192 visits, and 1,157 contacts via phone and email, to a variety of agencies and organisations on behalf of our seniors

This service is free to seniors living in the Greater Wellington region.

For more information please contact:

Vicki St Clair
Manager, Mission for Seniors

Phone: 04 282 1410
vicki@wgtncitymission.org.nz

Please feel free to download a copy of our Mission for Seniors programme brochure, here Mission for Seniors.