"Lemon Cab" is a door-to-door transportation service by a lemon-coloured small van for older persons and persons with disabilities who have difficulties using public transport. It is driven by volunteers from the community. "Lift taxi" is a van equipped with a slope that can transport users in their wheel chairs or beds.
This service is intended for older persons who, due to an injury etc, have difficulties performing daily household tasks for a limited period, but who are otherwise fit to perform functions of daily life. Older persons living alone (or with an elderly spouse) may apply for this service, and upon certification of eligibilty by the City, the service can be requested for up to 2 hours a week at the service fee of 220 yen per hour.
This is a service to sun-dry (and thereby sterilize) futon and bed linen. It is a common household task in Japan where people traditionally sleep on cotton-filled futon. Elderly who are living on their own and have difficulties performing this themselves may request this service. Upon certification of eligibility by the City, the service is provided once every month for free.
To increase the quality of life of persons with dementia and to lessen the burden on their carers, some support (e.g. home visit, chatting, accompanying the older person for a short walk outside, etc) that are not covered by the national nursing care insurance (long-term medical insurance) can be provided for up to 4 hours per week at a reasonbale cost (500 yen per hour). Older persons (65 years old or above) with dementia or their families may request this service.
Older persons (65 years old or above) living alone or with his/her elderly spouse, as well as persons with disabilities, are eligible for this service. The City will arrange for someone (an older person from the same community, employed for the temporary job through the City's Silver Human Resources Center) to visit their house and stabilize up to 4 pieces of furniture (e.g. closet, cupboard, book shelf, etc) with special appratus so that the furniture will not fall during earthquakes.
Older persons (65 years old and above) who are certified at Levels 3, 4, or 5 in the national scale of nursing needs and who are bedridden, are eligible for this service. If qualified, the NGO can arrange a local hair dresser or/and beauty parlor to visit the older person's home for hair cut/dressing for up to 5 times a year.
Older persons' nursing homes are usually closed for public access, but at two of the City's nursing homes, the cafeteria become open for public on certain days of the week. On these Open Days, the nursing home residents, as well as anyone can have tea and/or meals at a reasonable price.
Local volunteers deliver lunchboxes (prepared at the community's nursing home in the neighbourhood) to older persons living at home, for whom doing grocery shopping and cooking are mentally or physically taxing. Older persons living in the City can request this service, and a staff will visit the elderly to determine the individual person's needs and eligibility for the service.