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Vil­lage needed

I have just read the front page ar­ti­cle on el­derly care beds ( Mir­ror Novem­ber 6). I agree with most of the ar­ti­cle but was con­cerned the au­thor thought there was not a big de­mand for vil­lage type ac­com­mo­da­tion. I would like to know where they got that in­for­ma­tion from. I see this as a must for Alexan­dra. With the grow­ing el­derly pop­u­la­tion and de­men­tia prob­lem in­creas­ing, the vil­lage type ac­com­mo­da­tion is ideal. In the early to mid stages of de­men­tia the care­giver suf­fers! They in­creas­ingly stay at home as they find it hard to go out with­out feel­ing guilty or wor­ried. They soon find them­selves iso­lated and quickly get out of the habit of mak­ing an ef­fort. It’s just too hard. They there­fore also get health is­sues them­selves. If they were able to live in a safe and se­cure en­vi­ron­ment with com­pany of sim­i­lar age, that had ac­tiv­i­ties good for mind and body and help was close at hand but not an old peo­ple’s home as the care­giver in most cases is not ready to put the part­ner in a home or be there with them. In my opin­ion for Alexan­dra to be­come a vi­brant town they need at re­tire­ment vil­lage or I think less peo­ple will re­tire there, there­fore busi­nesses also wont start up. Macy Cameron The in­for­ma­tion came from Cen­tral Otago Mayor Tony Lep­per,

as quoted in the story - Ed­i­tor

Trust for el­derly

I read your ar­ti­cle on the short­age of el­derly care fa­cil­i­ties in Cen­tral Otago with great in­ter­est as I had the frus­trat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of hav­ing to place my mother in a full care fa­cil­ity in Mos­giel. This hap­pened a few years ago now. But the prob­lem has got worse. The is­sue was raised dur­ing the elec­tions and has been a top­i­cal sub­ject but with­out re­sults so far. The prob­lem is that the com­pa­nies who run rest homes com­mer­cially do not see towns like Alexan­dra as a prof­itable op­tion. For ex­am­ple, if you sell an av­er­age house in Alexan­dra for $350,000 and the price of a unit in a fa­cil­ity is $450,000 there is short­fall and the per­son can’t af­ford it. A so­lu­tion is for the Vin­cent Com­mu­nity Board to make avail­able land it owns be­tween the net­ball courts and the golf course at no cost. If the land was free and a not for profit trust was formed by the com­mu­nity and a fa­cil­ity built by lo­cal trades peo­ple at a de­clared mar­gin we would be able to ac­cess money from grants and lower the cost of en­try to the fa­cil­ity. There would be more work for lo­cal peo­ple to build the fa­cil­ity and on­go­ing jobs to run it. When it comes to care for the el­derly why should profit be the de­cider. (Abridged). Stu Mil­lis, Alexan­dra

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