Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

    Age-friendly homes kit will help seniors stay in their homes longer

    4/09/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • Checklist to help people assess their current home and plan for the future
    • Includes tips on what to do if you are renting or buying a caravan
    Seniors and Volunteering Minister Robyn McSweeney today launched the Age-Friendly Homes Checklist Kit designed to help older people stay in their homes longer.

    The kit contains a series of checklists and links to help seniors assess their homes to make sure it is liveable and appropriate for their future needs.

    “A home that helps seniors adapt as they age can make a big difference to how long they can stay in their home and participate in their local communities,” Mrs McSweeney said.

    “With baby boomers making up the single largest group in the State, it makes sense for them to start planning now to remain independent and active in their communities as long as possible. Whether you are thinking about moving or renovating, the kit helps you focus on ensuring your home can meet your needs for many years to come.”

    Consultation with Western Australian seniors has consistently shown an overwhelming desire to stay in their local area as they age.

    The Minister said age-friendly housing and neighbourhoods were important not only for older Western Australians’ health and quality of life, but also for the community. 

    “Encouraging people to stay active and independent as they age benefits everyone,” she said.
     
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