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May 2016
  • Jude Barback

    Ed’s Letter

    I have included a different sort of article in this issue. In amongst the opinions and research of people familiar with the inner workings of our aged care sector are the reflections of Alan, a man whose connection with aged care goes as far as the possibility that his 92-year-old father, Trevor, may require the sector’s services one day soon.

  • Death with dignity

    Searching for a death with dignity

    The Health Select Committee’s inquiry into medically assisted dying has brought to the fore New Zealand’s deeply polarising debate on voluntary euthanasia. JUDE BARBACK takes stock of the arguments for and against, including the NZACA’s strong stance.

  • Talking mat tool

    Supported decision-making and people living with dementia

    CHRIS PERKINS discusses some innovative methods of communicating with people living with dementia that can help them to make the important decisions in their lives.

  • Not going retirement home

    “I’m not going to a retirement home”

    ALAN HITCHCOCK gives a candid account of the realities of dealing with a parent who is steadily losing independence but refuses to discuss long-term care options.

  • HCSS sector waiting for action

    HCSS: a sector waiting for action

    The Director-General of Health’s report to the Ministry of Health on the state of New Zealand’s home and community support services (HCSS) describes the sector as being “in a fragile state”. It says “that doing nothing is not an option”. This report was completed in August 2015. Yet still, a sector waits for change.

  • HOPS how its shaping up

    HOPS: how it’s shaping up

    INsite looks at the key themes emerging as the new Health of Older People Strategy moves beyond the workshop phase and begins to take shape.

  • Oral health

    Good news for older people’s oral health

    A new report on the oral health of older New Zealanders confirms what the aged care sectors have known for some time – this is an area of older people’s health that is in need of serious attention.

  • interRAI

    Living with interRAI

    In the last issue of INsite, the team at TAS offered some reassurance that the sector’s mounting concerns about interRAI would be addressed. However, a recent survey of aged care providers delivers some worrying home truths about the realities of day-to-day life with interRAI.

  • Dealing with dementia

    Dealing with dementia

    As the general public becomes more familiar with dementia and what it means, the obsession with cure and prevention increases. But as a society, perhaps we should be looking to truly embrace dementia-friendly communities instead, suggests JUDE BARBACK.

  • Silver Rainbow

    First Silver Rainbow seal achieved

    On 9 May 2016 Awanui Rest Home in Mt Wellington, Auckland, became the first facility in New Zealand to achieve a Silver Rainbow Seal.

  • Aged care workforce

    Our aged care workforce: should we be looking abroad or under our noses?

    Migrant workers comprise a significant and growing chunk of New Zealand’s aged care workforce. But with global competition at play, what should we be doing to make our aged care roles more appealing for people both from overseas and in New Zealand?

  • HET careerforce merger

    HET-Careerforce merger good news for aged care

    The merger between the Health Ed Trust and Careerforce looks set to strengthen workplace training for the aged care sector.

  • health survey

    Coming soon: the New Zealand Aged Care Workforce Survey 2016

    The second iteration of the New Zealand Aged Care Workforce Survey is coming!

  • Telehealth future

    Taking telehealth into the future

    MEI-LIN LOW says addressing the health care needs of our older population will be one of the greatest challenges over the next 10 years. Could technology be part of the solution?

  • Smart move

    Smart move: how technology can aid the older person at home

    Researchers from Massey University have received funding for an exciting new research project that will investigate the impact of technology on the lives of older people at home.

  • Soapbox

    On the soapbox… Victoria Brown

    VICTORIA BROWN of Care Association New Zealand (CANZ) picks apart the many demands on the residential aged care sector.

  • Rawhiti Lodge Care 02

    Let’s snoop around... Rawhiti Lodge Care

    JUDE BARBACK visits a small Matamata rest home close to her heart.

  • Social value extra mile

    Social value and going the extra mile

    Policy advisor at the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services PAUL BARBER discusses two projects aimed at exploring the added value of community-based social services.

  • Spotlight on Aphasia

    Spotlight on... Aphasia

    EMMA CASTLE shares the realities of being unable to fully communicate due to the onset of aphasia.

  • Leanne MacDonald

    Up close and personal with… Leanne MacDonald

    In recognition of International Nurses Day on 12 May 2016, LEANNE MACDONALD, care services manager at Metlifecare’s Pinesong retirement village, shares her thoughts on the challenges and the future of elder care nursing. 

  • Conference

    RVA Conference set to tick all the boxes

    Retirement Villages Association Conference: 20–23 June 2016

  • Reducing hospital visits

    Reducing hospital visits

    *INsite provides a sneak peek at research recently published by The University of Auckland showing which interventions are likely to reduce the likelihood of older people requiring hospitalisation. *

  • last word

    Last Word… David Wait

    New Zealand Nurses Organisation’s industrial advisor for the aged care sector DAVID WAIT says a safe, supportive environment and fair pay are needed to attract nurses to aged care.