Older Person’s Health

Talk to your GP team about the following services.

Senior Chef – cooking classes for older people

A free eight week group cooking / nutrition course for people 65 years and over, who live alone or with one other person (Māori / Pacific Island people can enrol 55 years and over). Senior Chef teaches you about eating well, menu planning and budgeting. You will have an opportunity each week to cook and share a meal together with new friends.

For more information visit the Senior Chef website.

Falls prevention

A free service for people 65 years and over, who have fallen or are at risk of falling. Physiotherapists or registered nurses visit people in their homes to do assessments. They also run programmes and refer to group classes to help improve strength and balance.

Medication Management Services

These services include a free consultation in your home or at a pharmacy with a pharmacist to help you better understand and manage your medications.

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.