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September 2016
  • Jude

    ED's Letter

    In compiling this issue I became preoccupied with the notion of generations – what defines them and how they interact with each other.

  • Water bug 1

    Hawke’s Bay water crisis: lessons learned

    The Hawke’s Bay water crisis unleashed a severe gastro bug that took its toll on the care homes and retirement villages of Havelock North. JUDE BARBACK talks to three facilities about how they coped and lessons learned from the experience. 

  • Infection control

    Six top tips for infection control

    Hawke’s Bay DHB Infection Prevention and Control Advisor MARGARET DRURY shares some standard precautions to help prevent and contain an outbreak in an aged care facility.

  • My generation 2

    Talkin’ ‘bout my generation

    JUDE BARBACK looks at the benefits, challenges, practicalities and limitations of intergenerational activities.

  • interRAI

    What does the interRAI data show?

    Collaborative analysis of the first set of interRAI data with other health data sets from the South Island Alliance and the University of Canterbury has helped to inform health service development.

  • Co morbidities

    How can an older person’s co-morbidities impact on wound care?

    AMANDA PALMER discusses some of the major health issues experienced by our older clients and how these can impact on wound healing.

  • Assisitive tech

    Assistive technology: how can it help in an ageing world?

    JUDITH DAVEY discusses the practical and ethical considerations of introducing assistive technology into aged care.

  • Pete burdon

    Adapting to changing media needs

    Media trainer PETE BURDON says retirement village operators and aged care providers must adapt to the changing needs of digital news media.

  • Fiona Alpass informal caregivers

    Recognising the value of informal caregivers

    Massey University’s PROFESSOR FIONA ALPASS reflects on the latest findings from the New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement Study, which reveal some of the challenges faced by informal caregivers.

  • Wound care

    Wound care in older adults

    The New Zealand Wound Care Society (NZWCS) shares some tips for managing  wounds in older people.

  • Dealing with dementia

    Dealing with dementia: the need for education and support

    Dementia education sessions have been held for more than 450 health professionals across the South Island during the past 12 months as part of a Primary Care Dementia Education project. 

  • Cultural boundaries

    Removing cultural barriers to palliative care

    Mercy Hospice’s Cultural Care Project is helping to address the common barriers preventing families from accessing timely, culturally appropriate palliative care.

  • Culture shock

    Easing culture shock: helping new migrant staff get settled

    INsite recently published an article on the importance of migrant workers to New Zealand’s aged care sector. Here, Skilled Migrant Business Advisor LISA BURDES discusses how employers can help new migrant staff settle into work and life in New Zealand, and Canterbury in particular.

  • Indian Nurses

    Indian nurses as caregivers in New Zealand: “I would not have come”

    NYEMUDZAI ESTHER NGOCHA-CHADEROPA shares the stories of four Indian nurses working as caregivers in New Zealand residential aged care facilities. Their experiences – at times distressing – differ significantly from their expectations of life and work in New Zealand.

  • Brien Cree

    On the soapbox… Brien Cree

    Why aren’t the elderly afforded the same rights and privileges as the young? BRIEN CREE, managing director of Radius Care, can’t understand why the Birthcare model can’t be adapted for aged care to allow add-on services.

  • Malyon House

    Let’s snoop around… Malyon House

    JUDE BARBACK visits Malyon House in Mount Maunganui shortly after the family-owned rest home celebrated its 20th anniversary.

  • Gabby Clezy

    Up close and personal with Gabby Clezy

    TerraNova Homes & Care chief executive Gabby Clezy tells INsite editor JUDE BARBACK that it is time for more collaboration and open communication about the challenges and opportunities faced by the sector. 

  • Falls prevention

    Case study: Falls Prevention Programme

    One aged care provider’s initiative to reduce the number of falls by residents is proving very successful.

  • Falls prevention 2

    Upcoming new programme to reduce risk of falls

    ACC’s GILL HALL discusses a new programme to support initiatives aimed at reducing falls for older New Zealanders.

  • Karla Gounder

    A day in the life of… Karla Gounder

    Caring in a compassionate and authentic way for our elderly who find themselves in the hospital wing of a residential aged care facility takes a special sort of person. INsite talks to KARLA GOUNDER, a healthcare assistant at Enliven’s Woburn Home in Lower Hutt.

  • Upcoming conferences

    HCHA 2016 conference

  • Paul Rea

    Last Word… Paul Rea

    New Zealand Seniors Party chair PAUL REA says it’s time for New Zealand to rethink its current pension scheme to deliver a fair deal for older Kiwis.