Paula Bennett - Calls to elderly people essential
Hon Paula Bennett
Minister for Social Development,
Employment & Youth Affairs
24 February 2011
Calls to elderly people
Work and Income staff continue to
make contact with elderly people living alone in
Christchurch and in some cases it’s proving vital says
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett.
So far 10,234
calls have been made and 3,311 people have answered those
“We’ve needed to send emergency help and home
visits to a small number of people, though most are actually
coping very well,” says Ms Bennett.
people need immediate assistance, a home visit later,
information about what to do or just a friendly voice to
talk to, it’s vital we continue checking on those elderly
living alone,” says Ms Bennett.
Around 50 elderly
people have been referred to welfare centres.
centres are operating in Burnside High School, Cowles
Stadium, Pioneer Stadium and Rangiora Baptist Church.
“People who have been displaced can go to these centres
where they will find food, water and a bed if they need
it,” says Ms Bennett.
Currently the welfare centres are
coping well with the numbers of people needing assistance.
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