To stay or go?

AS we get older, the decision to stay in the family home or move elsewhere can be a difficult one to make.

While the thought of less maintenance can often be very tempting, the emotional ties and connections to the neighbourhood are important.

But what are the impacts on income and services when making the decision to retire or move to assisted living?

‘Linkages’ is a Glenorchy network for older adult and disability service providers and will be hosting an upcoming Our Community Conversations forum exploring these questions.

The forum will include short sessions including in-home services, connecting to the NBN, falls prevention, in-home modifications, safety and elder abuse.

Community members who have had to make choices regarding where they should live, along with professionals working in several sectors, will present their views on the choice to stay in your own home or move into retirement or assisted living.

Many community groups will be in attendance to provide information including Legal Aid, Palliative Care Tasmania, Migrant Resource Centre, Glenorchy LINC and Advocacy Tasmania.

Glenorchy City Council Mayor Kristie Johnston said Council had heard from older people that navigating services in the community was often difficult and confusing.

“Offering an event where all the information can be captured in one place and older people and their carers get a chance to secure up-to-date information is incredibly beneficial,” she said.

“This is one way we can support people to make choices about their own lives.

“A working group of community members and community services have helped shape the forum and bring it to fruition.

“People can opt to come for the whole day or just one or two sessions they are interested in.”

The Our Community Conversations forum will be held on Wednesday 28 March from 10am-3pm at the KGV complex, located on Constance Avenue, Glenorchy.

For more information, visit the Council Chambers to pick up a program (available in mid-March).

RSVP for the event by email eryanl@gcc.tas.gov.au or phone 6216 6800.

The forum is kindly supported by Commonwealth Bank Glenorchy.

Caption: From left, Rosalind Herbert (Council Of The Ageing), Rose Capewell (EACH), Sandra Elliott (Positive Ageing steering committee), Elisa Ryan (Glenorchy City Council) and Fiona Rees (Migrant Resource Centre).