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Rating rest homes: is it about time?

 

The arrival of a new website that allows anyone to rate and review aged care facilities and retirement villages has left some providers feeling anxious. JUDE BARBACK looks at the issues that providers face in the push for more transparency and accountability.

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Our aged care workforce – when will it become a priority?

 

A new survey shows that while aged care workers love their jobs and value the training they receive, low pay, high workloads, an ageing workforce and an increasing demand for aged care add up to a concerning picture for the sector. How many more reports and legal battles will it take for funding and pay levels to be properly addressed? By JUDE BARBACK.

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Spiritual care – is this needed in a rest home?

 

Do caregivers understand what spiritual care is and how to meet residents’ spiritual needs as they approach end of life? JUDITH HARDIE discusses her research into spiritual care in New Zealand rest homes.

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Dementia design – the Kiwi way

 

Rotorua will be home to New Zealand’s first dementia village, based on the acclaimed Dutch village De Hogeweyk. JUDE BARBACK talks to Thérèse Jeffs about her vision for the village and the journey so far.

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Up close and personal with... Simon Wallace

 

JUDE BARBACK meets the new chief executive for the New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA), Simon Wallace.

Latest news and opinion

Latest Issue May 2015

  • Jude Barback
    ED's Letter I attended the Home and Community Health Association’s 2015 conference in Auckland last month. Among the excellent speakers was Professor Nicholas Mays from the United Kingdom, who spoke about the difficulties in achieving a truly integrated health system, one where all parts of health and social care work together to...
  • T5 Rating rest homes
    Rating rest homes: is it about time? The arrival of a new website that allows anyone to rate and review aged care facilities and retirement villages has left some providers feeling anxious. JUDE BARBACK looks at the issues that providers face in the push for more transparency and accountability.
  • T5 Our aged care workforce
    Our aged care workforce – when will it become a priority? A new survey shows that while aged care workers love their job and value the training they receive, low pay levels, high workloads, an ageing workforce and an increasing demand for aged care add up to a concerning picture for the sector.
  • T5 Spiritual care
    Spiritual care – is this needed in a rest home? Do caregivers understand what spiritual care is and how to meet residents’ spiritual needs as they approach end of life? JUDITH HARDIE discusses her research into spiritual care in New Zealand rest homes.
  • T5 Dementia village
    Dementia design – the Kiwi way Rotorua will be home to New Zealand’s first dementia village, based on the acclaimed Dutch village De Hogeweyk. JUDE BARBACK talks to Thérèse Jeffs about her vision for the village and the journey so far.
  • Canine comfort
    Canine comfort – pet therapy at play ANNETTE DOUGHERTY says pet therapy is highly valued at many aged care facilities in New Zealand.
  • Done give up octogenarians
    Don’t give up on octogenarians NGAIRE KERSE gives an update on the fascinating LiLACS NZ study in which the quality of life for a large group of Māori and non-Māori in their eighties has been monitored and analysed over five years.
  • Redefining retirement
    Redefining retirement The Commission for Financial Capability recently ran a competition to get people thinking about the changes to life, needs and lifestyle that occur over the 20–30 years that many spend in retirement.
  • Dancing with dementia 02
    Dancing with dementia JUDE BARBACK looks at a recent dance and dementia project that has had a lasting impact.
  • Baby boomers
    Here come the baby boomers New research shows that baby boomers want choice and control as they enter old age.
  • Nurturing the social health
    Nurturing the social health of older people BEATRICE HALE looks beyond the jargon surrounding healthy ageing and is heartened to discover a wide range of services and providers that cater to the social health needs of older people.
  • Palliative care
    ’You only get to die once’ – palliative care gets an overhaul JUDE BARBACK talks to Dr Kate Grundy, chair of the South Island Alliance Palliative Care Workstream about why a ’whole of sector’ approach is needed for palliative care.
  • Oral health
    Spotlight on... oral health in older people Research shows a strong correlation between poor oral health and general health, yet the Government refuses to see this as a funding priority for older people in residential care. JUDE BARBACK looks at where responsibility lies and what aged care facilities should be doing to maintain their residents’ oral health.
  • T5 Simon Wallace
    Up close and personal with... Simon Wallace JUDE BARBACK meets the new chief executive for the New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA), Simon Wallace.
  • Meeting report
    Meeting Report Home and Community Health Association’s Conference 2015 28–30 April 2015, Auckland.
  • Pohlen hospital
    Let’s snoop around... Pohlen Hospital JUDE BARBACK returns to her hometown of Matamata to visit Pohlen Hospital.
  • Key reports
    Key reports released The end of April saw a flurry of reports released, all with relevance to New Zealand’s home and community support services.
  • Claire Roskruge
    Typical day in the life of... Claire Roskruge, RN Christchurch-based registered nurse CLAIRE ROSKRUGE is a participant in the Christchurch DHB’s Gerontology Acceleration Programme and is involved in a restorative care pilot for older people within the acute service. INsite asks Claire about her journey into nursing and what she loves about her job.
  • Brien Cree 02
    Last Word... Brien Cree Radius Care managing director BRIEN CREE is concerned that District Health Boards (DHBs) are not passing on superannuation increases to aged care providers and says it’s time for providers to get their funding directly from the Government, and take DHBs out of the equation.