Older Person’s Health

Talk to your GP team about the following services.

Puāwai – Kai

A free group lifestyle education and cooking programme. During the 8-session programme, you learn how small changes in the way you live can add up to a big change in your health.

The first three weeks focus on lifestyle changes, with kai to support each session. This is followed by five weeks of cooking – putting the ideas into action. All 8 sessions end with sharing kai together.

Download our Puāwai – Kai brochure (PDF)

For more information visit the Puāwai – Kai website

Community Respiratory Service

People with respiratory disease can get spirometry (a test to measure lung capacity), sleep assessments, education and pulmonary rehabilitation. This is run by approved general practitioners or by mobile respiratory nurses.

Pulmonary rehabilitation courses are held in various locations in the community. The courses include exercise, education and support to help people learn to breathe and function at their highest possible level.

Asthma and other breathing problems

Patients with Asthma and other breathing problems such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), lung cancer, cystic fibrosis and sleep apnoea are provided with information and support from their general practice team.

Pegasus supports the general practice and a Community Respiratory Physician is also available for advice, case review and practice staff education.

End of Life Care

GP visits are free for people with a terminal illness in the last 3-6 months of life. This includes home visits and after hours visits.

What if I need help finding health care?

Partnership Community Workers (PCWs) can help you:

  • enrol at a Pegasus Health General Practice
  • get to your doctor/hospital appointments, if transport is a problem for you
  • visit Work and Income, if you find it difficult to pay for the doctor
  • find other Community Services to support you.

Find out more about PCWs and how to contact them.