The development of a policy of 'ageing in place' – encouraging older people to stay in their own homes – has led to the establishment of home-care services. Paid carers visit clients in their own homes and assist them with a range of tasks, including showering, housework and shopping. Here, Helen Walsh, a carer working for Florence Nightingale Agency in the Marlborough-Nelson area, combs Robert Crichton’s hair. In 2009 he was living independently, supported by regular help from carers.
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