Advance

Advance Care Planning: the importance of having that conversation

JUDE BARBACK looks at the ins and outs surrounding advance care planning in New Zealand.

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In sickness and in health

JUDE BARBACK considers the burdens placed on the older person caring for their spouse or partner and what support is out there for them.

Kristine-Bartlett

Last Word... Kristine Bartlett

When KRISTINE BARTLETT appeared on TV3’s Campbell Live she said ‘I’m not on a pedestal. All the girls are up there with me’. With the equal pay test case still before the courts Kristine speaks about what drove her to take the case.

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On the soapbox ... sector leaders

INsite asked industry leaders what they perceived as the biggest challenge facing aged care in New Zealand today. Under-funding, ageist attitudes, and social isolation are among the issues on the horizon.

Dementia

Finding the sexiness in dementia

Bupa’s global director of dementia services, Professor Graham Stokes talks to JUDE BARBACK about why we need to turn our attention to person-centred care and society’s attitudes need to change.

Latest news and opinion

Negotiations to start for care workers travel time

1 April

The Government has decided to begin negotiations for a sector-wide settlement over travel time for home care workers – a move that will be welcomed by many in the home and community support services sector.

Barlow appointed non-executive director for Ingenia

1 April

Norah Barlow, who will finish her time as chief executive officer of Summerset on Friday, has taken on the role as an independent non-executive director for Australian listed company Ingenia Communities.

New Zealand Aged Care Workforce Survey

1 April

Researchers from the New Zealand Work Research Institute (AUT University) are carrying out a survey of the New Zealand aged care workforce in April and May this year.

New retirement facility opens on Stewart Island

1 April

New industry player, Remarkable Retirements has announced plans to build a retirement village and aged care facility on Stewart Island.

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Latest Issue May 2014

  • ED's Letter It is almost impossible to discuss the challenges presented by the growing ageing population without the phrase “baby boomers” cropping up.
  • New Zealand Aged Care Workforce Survey Researchers from the New Zealand Work Research Institute (AUT University) are carrying out a survey of the New Zealand aged care workforce in April and May this year.
  • Ryman expands into Auckland Ryman Healthcare plans to build eight new retirement villages, with five of the new villages to be built in the Auckland region, although the specific locations have not yet been released.
  • Negotiations to start for care workers’ travel time The Government has decided to begin negotiations for a sector-wide settlement over travel time for home care workers – a move that will be welcomed by many in the home and community support services sector.
  • Minimum Wage increase needs funding increase Last month, the Government announced a minimum wage increase from $13.75 to $14.25.
  • Advance Care Planning: Advance Care Planning: the importance of having that conversation If we could write our own scripts, most people would like to see themselves living a long, full, and happy life that ends peacefully, at home, with loved ones all around. For some, this is how life and death will pan out.
  • Finding the sexiness in dementia “I’m going to take off your clothes,” the professor says to me.
  • In sickness and in health Until death do us part, in sickness and in health – there are great expectations placed on a marriage. For many couples it isn’t until the later stages of life when the ‘sickness’ becomes a reality and one spouse, typically when his or her own health is beginning to ail,...
  • Spark of Life approach: is it the way to go? To be honest, when I was first confronted with the Spark of Life approach, I was ever so slightly underwhelmed. A person-centred approach focused on meeting the emotional needs of a person seemed a lovely, but fairly obvious notion.
  • Do we care about carers?  
  • Age against the machine Prediction can be an uncertain art. We’ve yet to see the jetpacks and humanoid robot helpers become commonplace as promised by the best of 1950s science fiction, although robotic helpers are being developed in Japan – and at Auckland University.
  • Loneliness – the last problem Tony lives alone in the house he has lived in for the last 35 years. His wife died two years ago and since then his quality of life has started to take a downward spiral. His eyesight has worsened and as a result he is no longer able to drive.
  • On the soapbox ... sector leaders  
  • Let’s snoop around... Glenburn Retirement Village My tour of Glenburn Village begins in village manager Barbara Johnson’s office. We are chatting about the usual things – how many apartments at Glenburn (55), how many residents (65) and so on, when suddenly a resident enters the room. Her name is Ruth.
  • Up close and personal with Colin Mathura-Jeffree In September 2013, I became Alzheimer’s New Zealand’s first ever Champion for Dementia, a role which sees me working alongside the team at Alzheimer’s NZ to promote wider understanding and awareness of dementia. But my journey to this role began many years ago, when I was just a child.
  • Last Word... Kristine Bartlett First off it’s important to say how much I love my work. I look at the “girls” I work with and I know how hard they work and the fact that they are making a difference everyday for the residents. That’s special. Every day we work small miracles.