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On 1 July, after a somewhat hurried and harried introduction, interRAI became the mandatory clinical assessment tool for nurses to use in residential aged care facilities nationwide. FIONA CASSIE caught up with some nursing leaders as facilities headed down the home straight in a race to meet the deadline to train nurses in an already time and resource-stretched sector.
Registered dietitian LIZ BEAGLEHOLE of Canterbury Dietitians says facilities need to plan ahead to ensure they get the texture of the food right for each resident, while also meeting their nutritional needs.
Director of nursing at Bethesda Care Dr NOELINE WHITEHEAD supports healthcare student placements and says the work of trained HCAs is skilled and needs to be recognised.
INsite looks at the ambitious task ahead of the Ageing Well National Science Challenge, now underway.
Access chief executive GRAEME TITCOMBE was recently presented with a lifetime achievement award at the 2015 Home and Community Health Association Conference Awards. Here, he discusses the limitations to providing a nationally consistent and effective home support service.
Metlifecare has increased its staff pay rates but the wider aged care sector is unable to follow suit without a lift in Government funding. JUDE BARBACK looks at the likelihood of inreased funding as a result of the ongoing Kristine Bartlett pay equity case.
Gabi Hollows has been awarded the inaugural Ryman Prize in recognition of her tireless work over more than two decades to help restore sight to more than 1 million people.
BRIEN CREE, managing director of Radius Care says it is time to stop marginalising our elderly.
The inaugural Ryman Prize has attracted entries from all over the world and will be announced next week. The $200,000 Ryman prize is an annual international award for the best work in the world that enhances quality of life for older people.
A forum is being set up by the Retirement Commissioner and the Commission for Financial Capability to investigate better ways to resolve disputes in retirement villages.
The Senior Lifestyle Cuisines Competition brought out some lively flavours and intense competition as aged care chefs and cooks battled for first place. Rodney Phillips, Executive Chef at Oceania's Elderslea Lodge in Upper Hutt, won first place in the inaugural Senior Lifestyle Cuisines Competition in Auckland on Sunday 2 August.
How do you approach the difficult conversation of aged care with your parents? Bupa's GRAINNE MOSS shares some advice.
The Summerset Group continues its expansion in Auckland with the purchase of a 2.3 hectare site in Parnell.
This month it was Elder Abuse Awareness Week, and the spotlight was put on how we treat our elderly as a community and what constitutes abuse. BRIEN CREE, managing director of Radius Care, explores the issue.
Retirement village residents are keen to see an end to the capital loss clause, and the Retirement Village Association (RVA) confirms the clause has “probably had its day”.
Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector HON JO GOODHEW is impressed by Elizabeth Knox Home and Hospital’s efforts to improve social integration of migrants through its volunteer programme.
Yesterday’s health Budget included an extra $76.1 million over four years for palliative care and hospices.
1948 is thought to be the perfect year to be born. Leading the baby boomer generation, 1948 babies bought their homes at a time when housing was cheap but set to sky-rocket, leaving them with plenty of money and an expectation for the good things in life.
Simon Wallace has been appointed the new Chief Executive of the New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA), replacing Martin Taylor, who left the Association at the beginning of April.
Home and community support services are under threat because the current funding model for the sector is unsustainable.
Low wages, high workloads and stress outweigh the love of the job for New Zealand’s aged care workforce.
A new Office of Social Services and more investment in data technology are among the recommendations proposed by the New Zealand Productivity Commission aimed to improve our social services system.
The 2014 Report on the Positive Ageing Strategy outlines how older people’s spending is expected to quadruple by 2051, while the workforce will continue to get older.
BRIEN CREE, managing director of Radius Care strives to set the record straight.
The ‘Ageing Well’ National Science Challenge was launched today by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce.
BRIEN CREE, managing director of Radius Care, considers the fine line between profitability and maintaining core values.
A new interRAI report marks a milestone in how the assessment system is working for the South Island.
Speculation is rife that the Government is preparing to legislate over the issues at the heart of the ongoing TerraNova v Bartlett pay equity case, feeding fears that the case will not result in fair pay for aged care workers as many are hoping.