Estate Property Solutions update for February - 4th Feb 2021

Here’s hoping you’ve had a good break and Happy New Year. With Covid-19, we’re so lucky to be in New Zealand. Did you know we don’t just complete projects in Dunedin? We’ve recently completed projects in Papatowai, Twizel, Nightcaps, Balclutha, and Waikouiti.

We assisted a couple of elderly clients declutter and tidy-up in preparation for visitors over the Christmas and New Year period. It was rewarding to help them prepare their home so that visitors felt welcome over the holidays and so that they felt confident about welcoming family and friends into their home.

We also worked with some elderly clients to assist them to remain in their own home for longer and coordinated with some of the agencies to ensure things were done so that they were living in tidier, safer homes and getting a better quality of life.

We have been involved in deceased estates, preparing some of the properties so they are ready for sale, dispersing goods to charities, food banks and arranging the sale of goods.

A major project over the summer break has been working tirelessly with a hoarder to clear the house and storage areas, while coordinating packing, movers and a seamless shift to a new location.

While it’s been a very busy time for us, it’s always rewarding and we’re proud to be making a real tangible difference to peoples lives and the community. As always, its’ a good idea to check in with our elderly and more vulnerable in our community. Are they getting the help they need? Just a quick chat over the fence can make a big difference to their week. It’s a good idea to check in and make sure they’re keeping a record of where they’ve been (smartphone or not!), that they’re making a point of washing their hands, especially after running errands, and ensure their home is clean and tidy.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year - 14th Dec 2020

We’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Should you need the help of Graham and Estate Property Solutions, just get in touch. We will be open and available throughout the holiday period, except for on statutory days.

Call Graham on 0800 00 11 26 or email

We hope you enjoy spending time with friends and family over this holiday season and we look forward to a better, brighter year in 2021.

The best advice for staying safe as the Coronavirus spreads - 5th Mar 2020

As COVID-19 spreads across the globe and panic sets in, our advice is to stay calm and that your best defence against Coronavirus is a pretty simple one.

It’s this; wash your hands, frequently and efficiently.

There’s washing your hands and then there’s effectively washing your hands. A lot of people miss key parts of their hands while washing – the wrists, in between the fingers and the thumbs are often passed over. Timing is also important – you should take about forty seconds to a minute to give them a decent scrub, try singing Happy Birthday twice while you wash (that should about cover the time).

When should you wash and how often? Before you eat, after using the bathroom, after petting animals, gardening or any time they look or feel grubby.

Good coughing etiquette is also something people should be practising and, for now, it’s okay to skip a handshake. The advice now is rather to cough into your hand, cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow, or use tissues and wash your hands. If a tissue is used, discard it immediately in a closed bin.

Your hands do get around, so you should avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Check out this video from the World Health Organisation on how to protect yourself against Covid-19.

We recommend avoiding the tabloids and sticking with reputable news agencies such as the World Health Organisation when looking for info on the outbreak. (

Phone numbers and websites that can help senior New Zealanders - 27th Jan 2020

Life can change quickly and sometimes we need some help and advice. Here are some phone numbers and websites available to the elderly or those looking towards the future of life once they hit retirement age (with a focus on Otago and Dunedin).

Age Concern Otago  – works to promote the rights, quality of life and wellbeing of older people in NZ. – 477 1040 - 26 Bath Street, Dunedin

Alzheimers Otago – a support and advocacy organisation for people with dementia, their careers, whanau and community – 471 6154 – For dementia support call 0800 004 001 - Community House, 301 Moray Place, Dunedin.

Eldernet New Zealand – a website full of information on a wide range of home help services, respite care, residential care, dementia care and community groups.

Grey Power NZ – an association for all New Zealanders aged 50 years and over. 0800 473 979

MSD Seniors – provides information for older people relating to superannuation, entitlements, work and income, financial means assessment and gold cards.

Sorted – information on managing your money, moving into a rest home or retirement village.

Seniorline 0800 725 463 – a free information service for older people.

Help to prevent heatstroke and heat exhaustion in elderly - 19th Nov 2019

Last summer was a hot one, and predictions are looking similar. Elderly are at greater risk of heat stroke or heat exhaustion. What is heat exhaustion and heatstroke? What are the symptoms? How can we help prevent it?

What are the signs of heatstroke and heat exhaustion, how are they different?

Heat exhaustion is often accompanied by dehydration. Signs and symptoms include excessive thirst, confusion, pale skin, profuse sweating, a rapid heart rate, weakness, headaches, nausea and vomiting, muscle cramps and dizziness. Heat exhaustion is something to take seriously as it can progress to heatstroke. Your normal core temperature is 37’c.

How to prevent or help someone experiencing heat exhaustion:

Find a cool and shady place out of heat and sun to rest. Drink plenty of fluids, especially sports drinks to replace lost salt. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Remove unnecessary or tight clothing. Apply cooling measures such as fans, wet towels to the forehead, etc. If you’re concerned or you notice any progression towards heatstroke, call emergency services right away.

Heatstroke often occurs as a progression from milder heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion. Heatstroke is when the body reaches 40’c. Common symptoms include confusion, disorientation, nausea, seizures, and sometimes loss of consciousness or coma. People can have a lack of sweating, despite the heat. Red, hot and dry skin and a rapid heartbeat, which may be strong or weak. Heatstroke is a serious condition that requires urgent medical attention and can be fatal. Call emergency services which in New Zealand is 111.

Tips to stay cool and prevent heat exhaustion

Drink plenty of water. They say two litres a day. If you don’t like the taste of water try adding things such as fresh herbs, slices of fruit, lemon juice, etc. Limit alcohol and caffeine. Wear a sun hat and loose-fitting, cool clothing that protects you from the sun. Stay in the shade where you can, especially in the New Zealand sun, and consider taking a sun umbrella where there is no shade (say at the beach).

If you’re recovering from heat exhaustion, avoid hot temperatures and heavy exercise. If you think you or someone you’re with has heat exhaustion and you don’t know what to do or are worried, call emergency services. It’s always better to be on the safe side.

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