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Lifelong Design

14 February 2013

A new service is being set up in Christchurch to provide free advice about lifelong design to the people of Canterbury whose homes have been significantly impacted by the earthquakes. The service is being provided by Enable New Zealand on behalf of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Social Development’s Office for Senior Citizens.

The Canterbury earthquakes have meant a considerable number of new houses will be built in the region over the next 2-3 years. The Ministries of Health and Social Development believe this is an opportunity to encourage people to consider using lifelong design features which will support their changing needs throughout their lifetime, but in particular, as they age.

This new service will provide information about lifelong home design including access into and around the home, and easy to use bathroom and kitchen layouts. Such features will support people to live safely and independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

Advice will be available to people who are planning on building a new home or extensively renovating their existing home. The most effective time to consider lifelong design is before the plans are developed.

Advisors from Enable New Zealand are available to let you know more about this service, and to talk to people who may be in the re-building or renovating planning phases. To book a meeting please contact us through lifelongdesign@enable.co.nz or phone 0800 36 22 53.

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