Ahead of the General Election, Alzhiemers NZ has written to each political party seeking information regarding their policies and plans to respond to the healthcare challenge that dementia presents.
What will you do to promote and support a New Zealand Dementia Strategy?
We will support the Dementia Strategy but believe in wrap around support for carers, patients and whanau. The Māori Party will look after whānau members with dementia by restoring whānau responsibility through Whānau Ora. Whānau Ora is the basis on which we seek our collective strength.
What wil lyou do to encourage and promote a dementia-friendly NZ?
The Māori Party is concerned by the findings of the Tatau Kura Tangata report (2011) that Māori aged 50 years and over live in lower socio-economic areas and as a result, are less likely to understand and obtain the necessary healthcare they need. We want our whānau to be the best that they can be and to be supported by an equitable, sustainable health system.
Our kuia and kaumatua are the ropes which bind the whanau together. They are the holders and transmitters of traditional knowledge, history and protocols. They provide guidance and wisdom. Our elders are very precious and we must ensure that they are looked after. We also know that the elderly population is set to rise significantly in the next decade.
What will you do to strengthen community and home-based support for people affected by dementia?
Review funding and ensure that sector groups and whanau are heard. We aim to tailor appropriate support and are in need of investing in research to support each patient to live full and happy lifestyles.
Our Quality of Care policy specifies that we will resource formal and informal caregivers to enable whānau members to stay in their own homes, especially older people and disabled persons to be supported to live in their homes as much as possible. Whānau should feel safe and secure and should be able to live with dignity
What will you do to lift the quality of care and support for people affected by dementia?
Ensure they are provided with adequate resourcing to participate in society, whether it be homecare, subsidising long-term care.
For our full briefing paper and responses from other parties, click here
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