Mission for Seniors

Enhancing fullness of life, dignity and respect for older people with health, disability or social isolation issues.

How The Mission helps seniors 
Many people who access the Mission for Seniors (MFS) programme are living alone and in need of daily support. Health and ongoing issues are making daily life a struggle. Many are feeling lonely and/or they have become disconnected from their communities. Some are the main caregivers for their partner (often with dementia) or an adult family member.

What happens at Mission for Seniors
MFS provides a unique relationship with older people by taking a person-centred holistic approach. Our home visiting team of qualified and experienced social and case workers walk alongside seniors by acting as an information and problem solving resource. A strengths-based approach is used for helping older people to feel empowered so they can recognise their aspirations, capacities, barriers, options, and resources to improve their quality of life. They are supported to make positive changes to their well-being and to become interdependent with their community, which enables them to remain in their own home for as long as possible.

Looking forward
Initially we assist with prioritising the goals and how changes can be made. This might mean helping people to gain their rightful entitlements and connecting them with the services they need. If appropriate, family and friends are included in the journey. Transition support is also given when living alone at home is no longer practical or safe. By showing seniors the options that are available to them, they’re able to live a fuller life.

Many people move off the programme once they feel empowered or have completed their personal goals. There is always the proviso that seniors can ask The Mission for support again if new challenges and difficulties arise.

During 2016-17
• 171 seniors were supported by Mission for Seniors caseworkers – 74% lived in the Hutt Valley, and 26% in Wellington and Porirua.

• Staff made 1,540 face-to-face visits with clients in their own homes and in the community, and 1,022 contacts via phone or email.

• Staff made 187 visits, and 1,330 contacts via phone or email, to external organisations to support or advocate for clients.

• Staff made 168 referrals for clients to external services for additional specialist or local support.

• 57 clients no longer needed Mission for Seniors support, and became independent after they successfully completed the objectives in their personal plans.

This service is free to seniors living in the Greater Wellington region. For more information please contact:

Vicki St Clair
Manager, Mission for Seniors
Phone: 04 282 1410
vicki@wgtncitymission.org.nz

You can download a Mission for Seniors referral form from the sidebar to the right.