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Sam Johnson: Our elderly need more options than rest home

Sam Johnson: Our elderly need more options than rest home

Review: Today Sam Johnson wrote an opionion article in the NZ Herald on options for the elderly. He wrote that: “The broken institutionalised care system has to change. We have one option and it’s a rest home”. But one option is no option at all. He proposes a second option: community-based model, with home support.

Sam is head of innovation for Mycare, a business that helps connect the elderly with community support. For Mycare: “It’s not just loneliness and companionship, we need to ensure our elders are valued, maintain a strong sense of purpose and can make friends.”

Feature photo: Social isolation causes illness and depression. 123RF