The NSW Government has worked with Bunnings to announce the roll out of the ‘Healthy Homes’ pilot program. The program includes D.I.Y. workshops aimed at helping older Australians better equip their homes to support their independence as they age. Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies, attended the Healthy Homes pilot launch at Bunnings Alexandria on Thursday.
“The Government consulted with older people from across the state last year. What we learnt was that while many older people want to stay in their own home for as long as possible, they are less confident they will be able to do so because their homes may not meet their physical and mobility needs,” Mrs Davies said.
“Healthy Homes will assist older people to understand the possibilities for adapting their homes as their needs change. “It will empower older Australians to make improvements in and around their homes so they are able to live independently for longer.”
While functional home designs are typically offered after a person begins to experience difficulties as a result of age or ability, the workshops will assist people in being on the front foot, and plan before they encounter problems.
The pilot program will begin this April with workshops to be held at Bunnings Alexandria, Kingsgrove, Bankstown and Lidcombe stores, before being rolled out across Bunnings stores state-wide in 2018. Bunnings Chief Operating Officer, Clive Duncan said Bunnings was pleased to offer the Healthy Homes program to seniors.
“We have been providing free D.I.Y. information and advice to local residents for many years both in-store and online and we recognise that many customers want to make their homes more comfortable and suitable for their changing needs,” he said.
“Our team members can help with practical advice on products and home improvement projects and we also have a range of how to guides and videos on our website.
“There are many simple and low cost ways to make homes more comfortable and suitable for ageing residents, including improved safety and security, insulation and energy efficiency, home automation and assisted living,” said Mr Duncan.
The launch came on the eve of the NSW Seniors Festival, which spans nine days and involves numerous events including the Premier’s Gala Concert and the Seniors Expo in Darling Harbour.
Bunnings will have an active presence during the Expo, which gives seniors a glimpse into the latest trends and innovations in wellness, health, lifestyle, technology, education, travel and more.
“Healthy Homes and the NSW Seniors Festival are key deliverables of the NSW Ageing Strategy, and demonstrate the commitment of the NSW Government and FACS to working in partnership with community groups and the private sector to achieve better outcomes for older people in our communities,” Minister Davies said.