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Home as my First Choice

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The Home as My First Choice programme is committed to helping you, or members of your family, maintain health and independence in your community and home. The aims are to educate and encourage health professionals and the community, when supporting and working with older people, to listen to what the older person wants. The programme shares information about where people can go for support, services and equipment, as their needs change.  It encourages people to learn about the funded and non-funded services that are available to support people at home for as long as possible, and support their whānau and friends when caring for our cherished older people, the kaumātua in our community. 

It starts from asking the question, 'If home is my first choice, what support needs to be in place to enable this to happen?'

Kōrero with David and Whānau

In these videos David, Kaumātua and Tāngata utu nui, and David's daughter Ros share their thoughts about the importance of home or tūrangawaewae and their experience of community support services who have helped David in the way he wanted. 

 The Home Team 

Ingrid talks about the Home Team in Dunedin and how they can support you in your home. 


Daphne's Story 

Daphne was in hospital for nine weeks following a stroke. She was determined to recover in the comfort of her own home and to continue living there. Daphne was able to do this with the support of Te Whatu Ora Southern home support services. Daphne tells her story in the video below.

If you want to find out more information, talk to your healthcare professional in your ward, or call 0800 627 236. Talking with someone allows us to explore all options with you, and we can put you in touch with a team member to look at how home can become your first choice.

To find out some of the Community Resources that are available in your area, download this booklet: