Quality Care for Older People
The proposed solution for this opportunity is innovative, by and large using technologies currently available around the world to enable older people to remain within supportive communities and have ready access to support. This remains more an idea than an action. The trick will be bringing it together into a prototype, and the town of Levin is willing to be the ‘pilot town’ for the future.
The opportunity as described in the Action Plan involves:
- Quality of life. To improve the quality of life of older people by ensuring they participate in relevant communities.
- Transformation. To transform Levin (and Horowhenua) into an inclusive lifestyle centre specialising in innovation for living, while embracing an increasing population of ageing residents from within and outside the region.
- Improve household income. In so doing, boosting household incomes and employment in and around the town.
- Create a prototype. To develop a pilot location from which to prototype the concept and roll it out across other parts of the region (e.g. Whanganui and Palmerston North).
The immediate priorities for this opportunity are:
Create a Master Plan
In August 2016, Minister Nathan Guy announced a $250,000 contribution to help Levin and the wider district to help transform the area into a lifestyle centre specialising in living innovations for New Zealand’s older population.
Horowhenua District Council have recently completed a Project Lift Master Plan, outlining the opportunities and next steps toward creating a region that embraces its older people and creates economic benefits for everyone.
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