Alzheimer’s NZ Backs HomeShare for Frontline Dementia Support

Alzheimer’s NZ Backs HomeShare for Frontline Dementia Support

Alzheimer’s NZ recently contributed $27,670 to the Enliven HomeShare service in Canterbury. This contribution recognises that Presbyterian Support (USI) and Alzheimer’s NZ share the same goal of improving the quality of life for people with dementia and their care partners in New Zealand.

The Alzheimer’s NZ funding to HomeShare is allocated from a pool of donations received in the Canterbury region, thus returning donor funds to support frontline services in the region where they were raised.

HomeShare is a small group day activity programme for older people aimed at reducing loneliness, providing meaningful activity and companionship, and giving carers regular time to themselves. Enliven recruits and trains community hosts and contracts them to open their homes to run a day activity programme for 4-6 elders once or twice a week. HomeShare is ideal for older people with cognitive impairment and dementia diagnoses—in 2017-18 these were present in 42% of Enliven HomeShare clients.

“PSUSI is delighted to partner with Alzheimer’s NZ and their local Canterbury donors, and we welcome their support of our innovative HomeShare programme,” said Penny Taylor, Regional Manager for Canterbury. “A regular day out at HomeShare is a wonderful way to create opportunities for social inclusion and meaningful interactions for our clients. Each participant has the opportunity to contribute in whatever way they can without being overwhelmed or left out. We continually receive positive feedback from our clients, their care partners, and hosts about the service.”

HomeShare is offered in Christchurch, Selwyn, North Canterbury, and Ashburton, plus Marlborough and the West Coast. Total client numbers have increased from 21 in 2007 to 269 in 2017-2018. A total of 1,586 clients have used HomeShare during its 11 years of operation.

Presbyterian Support (Upper South Island) is a “not for profit” community-based social services organisation working towards a just society through the delivery of effective services.

Alzheimer’s NZ works to achieve a dementia-friendly New Zealand. Alzheimer’s NZ also represents people affected by dementia by raising awareness of dementia, providing information resources, advocating for more and better services, and promoting pertinent research.