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    Fire & emergency law change could affect villages and rest homes

    15 September 2016

    If left unchanged, the Government’s proposed new Fire and Emergency NZ Bill (FENZ) could result in a significant increase in fees for retirement village residents and aged residential care home operators, many of whom are not for profit.

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    Kiwis lack awareness of KiwiSaver fees and returns

    9 September 2016

    New research released during this year's Money Week has revealed many New Zealanders lack awareness about their KiwiSaver fees and returns.

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    Survey shows older Kiwis feel happier and healthier than younger Kiwis

    7 September 2016

    Happiness improves with age according to 1000 New Zealanders surveyed for Cigna Insurance’s 360 Wellbeing Score New Zealand report.

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    Kiwis underestimate costs of grocery shopping in retirement

    5 September 2016

    New research has revealed that many New Zealanders underestimate how much filling their shopping trolley in retirement will cost them. But they also don’t realise how well KiwiSaver could help them meet those bills.

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    HOPS submissions close in 7 days

    1 September 2016

    Submissions for the revised Health of Older People Strategy (HOPS) close in seven days.

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    Preparing for stroke study day

    31 August 2016

    GPs and other health professionals will have the opportunity to focus on improving the quality of care for stroke patients at a study day in October. The event will be held in Christchurch and delivered jointly by the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand and the South Island Alliance’s stroke workstream.

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    Auditing report shows better care delivery

    29 August 2016

    A report shows that the more stringent auditing measures introduced for rest homes are contributing to better quality care for residents, however rest homes say they need more funding to comply with auditing requirements.

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    New report increases urgency for more palliative care funding

    29 August 2016

    The number of New Zealanders dying in rest homes is set to soar by 84 per cent, according to a new report prepared for the Ministry of Health.

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    Partnership will see improved housing for older Aucklanders

    25 August 2016

    Auckland Council’s portfolio of homes for older Aucklanders has received a major boost with today’s approval to redevelop the villages and partner with The Selwyn Foundation.

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    Consultation underway on draft Health of Older People Strategy

    17 August 2016

    The Ministry of Health has released a draft Health of Older People Strategy for public consultation.  Consultation has begun, and concludes on 7 September 2016.

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    New dementia design resource welcomed

    15 August 2016

    The residential aged care sector is pleased to see that a new dementia design handbook has been released as an information resource rather than formal guidelines.

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    NZACA hits back at $26/hr union claim

    8 August 2016

    The New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) has hit back at suggestions made recently in the New Zealand Nurse's Organisation's (NZNO) magazine Kai Tiaki that a "top pay rate of $26 an hour" is likely to emerge as the Equal Pay settlement for care and support workers.

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    60 new palliative care positions

    4 August 2016

    Up to 60 new palliative care positions are being established as part of the Government’s $76.1 million boost for hospices.

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    How veterans affairs can be better protected

    4 August 2016

    Liam Butler asks Hon Clayton Cosgrove, Member of Parliament and Labour Spokesperson for Veterans’ Affairs how veterans affairs can be better protected within out aged care and retirement sectors.

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    Promising Alzheimer's research underway

    1 August 2016

    Scientists from Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Liverpool have been awarded more than $850,000 to advance a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

Latest Issue

September 2016
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    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.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. 

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    Case study: Falls Prevention Programme

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

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    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.