EASIE Living is the single, go-to source for those looking to improve the lives of New Zealanders with disabilities and those who are ageing in our communities. The centre is being built around five foundation pillars:
EASIE Living will change how people with disabilities can live in their own homes. We’re gathering the brightest ideas and people and bringing them together in one place. At EASIE Living, you’ll find ideas and products to help make your life or the lives of those you love easier. We’ll soon be open 6 days a week. Admission is free.
An exciting and innovative accessible smart home will provide visitors with a kinesthetic and tactile experience, where they can test our low and hi-tech living options. The Ministry of Social Development’s Positive Ageing Strategy recognises that the vast majority of older people prefer to live independently in their own homes. Our accessible smart home will comprise living room, study, bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom, and will feature the latest innovations – appliances, cabinetry, ergonomically designed furniture, lighting, and non-slip flooring.
The EASIE Living & Demonstration Centre team will coordinate a variety of education and training programmes and workshops to allied health professional and other professional groups.
Who’s behind the EASIE Living & Demonstration Centre.
The EASIE Living & Demonstration Centre has been developed by the team at Enable New Zealand, an organisation with over 40 years’ experience in providing services to the health and disability sector. Enable New Zealand is the largest provider of support services across the health, rehabilitation and health sector for the provision of equipment, housing and vehicle modifications, also the spectacle subsidy for children 15 years old and younger. Regional and national contracts are held with the Ministry of Health, ACC and District Health Boards.
Enable New Zealand is a principle member of the New Zealand Federation of Disability Information Centres (www.nzfdic.org.nz). The federation, promotes through its members, the local provision of impartial disability information and referral services that are community driven and focused on achieving the aims of New Zealand’s Disability Strategy.
Enable New Zealand’s General Manager Scott Ambridge has led the development of the EASIE Living & Demonstration Centre. Scott is passionate in his belief that both the health, rehabilitation and disability sector, and the older persons sector are changing as are peoples’ expectations. Social models of service delivery are replacing the medical models.
The centre is the first for New Zealand and is an innovative approach to providing services, that is only made possible by leveraging off Enable New Zealand’s current expertise, knowledge and sector linkages.
The drive towards self-management, self-determination and person centred practice brought has been the catalyst for the development of the EASIE Living & Demonstration Centre.
Some key facts about people living with disability:
- According to the Disability Survey undertaken by Statistics New Zealand in 2013, almost one in four New Zealanders live with disability.
- At least 1,062.000 people living in New Zealand are limited in their ability to carry out everyday activities by at least one impairment type (this rate has increased over previous years due in part to the ageing population).
- Impairments include: hearing, vision, physical, intellectual, psychological and other.
- People over 65 are much more likely to be disabled (59%) than adults under 65 (21%)
- The disabled rate for Manawatu-Whanganui region is (27%)
- For adults, physical limitations are the most common type of impairments.
- 64% of disabled adults are physically impaired.
(Source: Statistics New Zealand Disability Survey 2013)
Some key facts about New Zealand’s ageing population:
- The number of people aged 65 years and over is expected to double by 2035 to around 1.2 million.
- Older people are key contributors to our economy and our communities – currently 22% of people over 65 are engaged in some form of paid work, and this is projected to increase to 32% in 20 years’ time.
- The vast majority of older people live independently in their own homes.
- As the prevalence of disability increases with age, the proportion of older people in residential care also increases with age.
(Source: Ministry of Social Development, Positive Ageing).