interRAI

InterRAI: the tight and tiring race to meet mandatory deadline

 

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.

Dinner time

Texture modified diets - part of the care

 

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.

Health Students

Opening our doors for healthcare work experience

 

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.

Ageing well

Ageing well: the big challenge ahead

 

INsite looks at the ambitious task ahead of the Ageing Well National Science Challenge, now underway.

graeme titcombe

On the soapbox...Graeme Titcombe

 

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.

Latest news and opinion

Latest Issue August 2015

  • JudeBarback
    ED's Letter I always leave my editorial to the last minute. It’s a bad habit in some ways, but a necessary one in others, as it gives me a chance to reflect on what’s happening in the aged care and retirement arena before putting pen to paper, metaphorically speaking.
  • new food act two
    The new Food Act and how it will affect providers The residential aged care sector has long maintained that providers should be exempt from the obligations set out in the new Food Act; however the Ministry for Primary Industries says the sector must comply with the new legislation.
  • rai one
    InterRAI: the tight and tiring race to meet mandatory deadline 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...
  • Dinner time
    Texture modified diets part of the care 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.
  • three ss
    The three ‘S’s and the three ‘A’s – ensuring optimum nutrition for residents with dementia Recently qualified dietitian Debra Nell completed her master’s thesis on meeting the nutrition and hydration needs of residents in dementia care units. As part of her research, she developed a series of recommendations for facilities catering for these special residents.
  • older athlete
    The older athlete JUDE BARBACK looks to the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation for advice on nutrition considerations for the older athlete.
  • KarenKingham
    The power of protein Is the aged population getting enough protein? KAREN KINGHAM discusses the need for protein in an older person’s diet.
  • Health Students
    Opening our doors for healthcare work experience 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.
  • Getting to the HART
    Getting to the HART of ageing Last year INsite reported on the findings of the Inclusion, Contribution and Connections (ICC) study led by Massey University’s Health and Ageing Research Team (HART). Here, we look at HART’s next steps.
  • Ageing well
    Ageing Well the big challenge ahead INsite looks at the ambitious task ahead of the Ageing Well National Science Challenge, now underway.
  • Technology Distruption
    Is it time for a large dose of technology disruption? RON EMERSON discusses ways that technology could improve healthcare for our growing ageing population.
  • polypharmacy
    The dangers of polypharmacy CAROLINE BARTLE and HELEN BEHRENS discuss the risks associated with inappropriate polypharmacy, particularly for older people with dementia.
  • bill veth
    Bill’s story dialysis at home Bill Veth tells JOHN ALLIN that living with kidney disease needn’t restrict his life, thanks to his dialysis home support team.
  • graeme titcombe
    On the soap box... Graeme Titcombe 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.
  • kidney disease
    Spotlight on... chronic kidney disease CARMEL GREGAN-FORD sheds some light on the causes, treatments and management of chronic kidney disease.
  • RVA Gala
  • NZACA conference
    Conference preview New Zealand Aged Care Association 2015 Conference: 8–10 September, Auckland
  • avril grant
    A typical day in the life of... Avril Grant INsite asks AVRIL GRANT about her job as head chef at Ryman Healthcare’s Charles Fleming Retirement Village in Waikanae.
  • Aspen care
    Let’s snoop around... Aspen Care JUDE BARBACK finds Tauranga’s Aspen Care Rest Home in the middle of exciting changes.
  • active aging
    On the bookshelf... Active Ageing BEATRICE HALE reviews Active Ageing, edited by Andrea Principi, Per H. Jensen, Giovanni Lamura (Pub.Policy Press 2014) and finds it has much to offer policy makers and social gerontologists on the under-researched area of voluntary organisations.
  • Rest home care
    Last Word... Simon Wallace New Zealand Aged Care Association’s new chief executive SIMON WALLACE questions the concept of a ‘TripAdvisor for rest homes’, as discussed in the last issue of INsite.
  • happy old folk2
    10 red flags of junk science We are inundated with messages about how to achieve a healthy diet and lifestyle. So how do we sift through all the claims and information to determine what is genuine, sound and useful?