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Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - EXPRESS ROUNDUP -

The Satur­day Ex­press has two tick­ets to give away to Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D. To en­ter the draw, clip this item and de­liver it with your name, ad­dress and day­time tele­phone num­ber on the back of an en­ve­lope to Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D Give­away, Satur­day Ex­press, P O Box 242, Blen­heim 7240, by Wed­nes­day. Win­ners will be pub­lished in The Marl­bor­ough Ex­press on Fri­day. We’re all go­ing to grow old (hope­fully) and will very likely need care.

If your fam­ily can’t man­age then you will prob­a­bly end up in a rest home.

There you will be looked af­ter by the staff who, de­spite be­ing ded­i­cated to such an im­por­tant job, are not paid very much.

In fact se­nior care­giver Jan Cook, in sole charge on her shift, was on $14 an hour.

It’s a thorny is­sue and Blen­heim reg­is­tered nurse Al­li­son Lo­max ex­am­ines both sides on page 4 to­day.

We also find that the peo­ple we spoke to about rest home care had lit­tle idea how much staff were paid.

Al­li­son says it’s time to put a plan in place to ad­dress aged care is­sues, and she’s right.

We all need to be part of this de­bate be­cause it’s go­ing to di­rectly af­fect us, one day.

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