Western Leader : November 9th 2010
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Groups and invidivi- duals can get involved. Phone Douglas Tavale on 826-4276 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Season for Santa parades upon us By VANITA PRASAD The festive season is fast approaching and that means Santa Claus is coming to town. This year west Auck- landers will be spoilt for choice when it comes to taking the family out for a fun festive day. Here is a list of the local Santa parades: New Lynn Santa Parade, November 20, 10am to noon, Great North Rd (from Veron- ica St to Titirangi Rd). Road closures: Great North Rd from Veronica St to Rata St, 9.45am to 11.30am. Henderson Rotary Santa Parade, November 27, 10.30am to 11.15am, Railside Ave and Alderman Drive, Henderson. Road closures: Ratanui Rd, Alderman Drive, Great North Rd, Railside Ave, Edsel St. Glen Eden Santa Parade, November 27, 2pm to 3.15pm, West Coast Rd, Glen Eden. Road closures: West Coast Rd, Captain Scott Rd, Wilson Rd, Glenmall Place, Glendale Rd and Bowers Rd. Farmers Santa Parade, November 28, 2pm to 3.30pm, Queen St. Road closures: All inner city roads are closed between noon and 4pm. People are advised to get into the city before noon to avoid traffic and parking problems. Te Atatu Peninsula Santa Parade and Fun Day, Decem- ber 4, 11am to noon, Te Atatu Rd and Jack Pringle Park. Road closures: Te Atatu Rd from Hereford St to town cen- tre, 11am to noon. West Harbour Santa Par- ade, December 6, 6pm to 7pm, Clarkes Rd, Wiseley Rd and Marina View Rd to Marina View School. Rolling road closures as parade passes. Swanson Santa Parade, December 10, 7pm to 9pm, Swanson Rd (from O'Neills Rd to Swanson railway sta- tion). Swanson Rd will be closed between O'Neills Rd and Christian Rd from 7pm. Innovation in aged care Extra care: Janet Parker is a gerontology nurse based at Waitakere Hospital who is making a big difference to the level of service people in aged care facilities receive. Photo: CATHERINE HEALY By CATHERINE HEALY Healthcare for elderly people in resthomes is improving thanks to an award-winning programme developed by a team at Waitemata District Health Board. Gerontology nurse Janet Parker from Waitakere Hos- pital and Dr Michal Boyd of Auckland University started looking into why so many eld- erly people end up in hospital emergency centres. We found that in most cases it could have been prevented by early inter- vention, so the programme is about recognition and inter- vention -- getting a GP involved earlier,'' Mrs Parker says. She noted that older adults living in the community often received better health ser- vices than those living in aged care, because district nurses provide expert wound care in the community, but do not go into care facilities. People in care are more dependent than in the past. They are more frail and require more care,'' Mrs Parker says. Most of the staff in residen- tial care facilities are not required to have a high level of medical training. A person can walk in off the street with no quali- fications and be given the care of our complex and frail older adults.'' The programme won the Waitemata Health Excellence Award for workforce develop- ment and innovation this year and is to be presented at conferences in Hobart and Paris. In Waitemata the pro- gramme employs seven gerentology nurses. Two of them monitor 17 facilities in west Auckland. Under the programme, a gerontology nurse regularly visits and provides teaching and support to nurses and other staff. Care guides are used as teaching tools and as an ongoing point of reference. They help staff work through the steps to identify symp- toms, appropriate treatments and when a GP should be called. The guides cover topics including treating falls, fractures, dementia and depression. The feedback from carers and nurses has been positive. They enjoy the support and being able to ring us to ask for advice,'' Mrs Parker says. Facility manager LInda Venables is sold on the pro- gramme. From our perspective Wai- temata is being really proactive by bringing a geron- tology nurse to our site to upskill our nurses,'' she says. It's fantastic.'' Taupaki Gables Rest Home and Hospital in Henderson was so enthusiastic about the teaching on respiratory care, they bought stethoscopes for all their nurses -- something traditionally thought of as being exclusively for doctors. The care guides are avail- able online to download from www.wdhb-agedcare.co.nz. Rail work to close tracks over weekends Work to improve the metro rail network will see the western train line closed for four weekends over the next two months. People living near the work sites may also hear noise overnight. KiwiRail is redeveloping Baldwin Ave station and installing foundations for electrification masks and track-side drainage between Kingsland and Swanson. Reballasting the tracks between Henderson and Swanson will take place in December. The western line will be closed on November 13 and 14, November 20 and 21, December 4 and 5 and December 18 and 19. The line will also be closed between December 26, 2010 and Janu- ary 9, 2011 to further the large programme of work. KiwiRail northern region manager Stephen Collett says the company and its con- tractors will do as much work as possible over the weekends but some work will still need to be done at night. Night working is only car- ried out when absolutely necessary and while we endeavour to minimise noise at night, some disruption to our neighbours may be inevi- table from time to time,'' he says. Visit www.maxx.co.nz or call 366-6400 for details of rail and bus replacement services.
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