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Chart aims to be flipping success

Hawke's Bay Today
27 September 2011

A new flipchart providing safety tips, handy information, advice and a contacts list is set to make life a little bit easier for Hawke's Bay's elderly.

The easy-to-read catalogue of local and national services was initiated by Napier City Council's inter-agency Safer Community team in response to high incidences of older people having accidents in the home.

Napier Safer Community co-ordinator Robyn Smith said the flipchart compiled information from a range of its agencies such as Neighbourhood Support and Age Concern, so elderly "didn't have to have 1000 pieces of paper".

It was colour coded for easy navigation and could hang next to the telephone.

While including information on recreational services the flipchart also addressed safety issues such as water safety, civil defence, fire safety, crime prevention and medicines.

Tukituki MP and Minister of Senior Citizens Craig Foss launched the flipchart alongside contributing agency representatives and Napier City Council yesterday on the first day of Age Concern Awareness Week, which runs until Sunday.

Mr Foss said the chart would help support Napier's older people "to live safely and confidently in the community".

The flipchart is funded by ACC and Hawke's Bay District Health Board, and is free from a number of service providers including superannuation centres, ACC, Age Concern, Napier City Council, and Neighbourhood Support.


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