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“Win-win” agreement for home support sector

Community support workers will soon be paid for their time spent travelling between clients and fairly reimbursed for travel costs.



United we stand, divided we fall?

With an election looming and funding levels still a concern, JUDE BARBACK examines the cracks beginning to show as residential aged care providers differ on significant issues.


Portrait of a workforce.

In an effort to understand the realities of working in New Zealand’s aged care sector, JUDE BARBACK interviewed four people in different roles, organisations, and parts of the country to glean what really matters to them.


Taking the purple path.

JUDE BARBACK looks at what is preventing younger people from working in aged care.

sector voices FRONT

Sector voices: aged care leaders on challenges in 2014.

In this special supplement, INsite asked industry leaders what they perceived as the biggest challenge facing aged care in 2014.


Food safety: recognising best practice.

With lab testing for listeria costing food manufacturers a considerable amount, some have called for a system to recognise their efforts in taking every precaution to ensure the safety of their food supplied to rest homes and hospitals.


Nutrition and dementia: pooling global knowledge.

Registered dietitian GAYE PHILPOTT considers the findings of Alzheimer’s Disease International’s Review of Nutrition and Dementia Research.

Latest news and opinion

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    Spotlight on older women in employment

    22 October

    New research findings on the employment of older New Zealand women is to be presented today in Wellington at the Ministry of Social Development, followed by a panel discussion.

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    Questions raised about seminar

    22 October

    A spat between New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) and, the organisation behind online publication NZ Aged Care Housing Weekly, has raised questions about an upcoming seminar organised by

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    Person-centred care a key focus at NZACA conference

    21 October

    Getting away from an institutionalised approach to a more person-centred focus was one of the key messages emerging from the New Zealand Aged Care Association’s annual conference, held last week in Wellington.

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    Ranfurly scoops supreme award at the NZACA awards

    21 October

    It was its food that saw Ranfurly Village Hospital triumph in this year’s New Zealand Aged Care Association /EBOS Excellence in Care Awards. 

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    New peer mentor programme to help providers with training

    21 October

    Industry training organisation Careerforce has introduced a new Peer Mentor Programme as part of its goal to help facilities build a productive and highly skilled work place.

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    Older people to be more involved in disaster preparation

    13 October

    Marking the launch of International Day for Disaster Reduction, the United Nations and HelpAge International have today released findings of a global survey that reveal older people are often excluded or marginalised in disaster management planning.

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    Five little things to reduce the risk of dementia

    8 October

    GRAINNE MOSS, managing director of Bupa Care Services New Zealand says most New Zealanders don’t realise they can do something to help prevent developing dementia.

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    Aged care and retirement sectors welcome new Ministers

    6 October

    The health portfolio goes to Dr Jonathan Coleman, according to Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of the National-led Government’s new Ministry.  

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    New Zealand 10th best country for older person wellbeing

    1 October

    New Zealand ranks tenth out of 96 countries in a global index measuring the wellbeing of older people.

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    World’s oldest hip hop group wins award

    1 October

    The oldest Hip Hop group in the world, the Hip Op-eration crew from Waiheke Island, have won the 2014 Age Concern Dignity Champion award.

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    Election 2014: Not such a surprise

    22 September

    While the National Party can govern alone, the outcome of the election is not such a surprise, writes NZACA chief executive MARTIN TAYLOR.

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    New retirement village group Hercules set to flex muscles

    18 September

    A new player has emerged in New Zealand’s retirement village and aged care sectors. Nineteen privately owned retirement villages and aged care facilities are considering a proposal to amalgamate ownership under a corporate entity, Hercules Ltd.

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    “Win-win” agreement for home support sector

    12 September

    The home and community support sector has welcomed the Government’s announcement today to support an agreement that will see community support workers paid for time spent travelling between clients and fairly reimbursed for travel costs.

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    The carers strategy

    8 September

    The New Zealand Carers’ Strategy Action plan for 2014 to 2018 is a major new strategy that aims to make a meaningful difference in the lives of carers.

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    New research reveals Kiwis fear dementia

    1 September

    In new research released by Alzheimers NZ, more than a third of New Zealanders state that dementia is one of the things they fear most about getting older, with 15 per cent fearing dementia more than any other condition, second only to cancer.

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    Bupa boss a finalist

    1 September

    Managing director of Bupa Care Services Ltd Gráinne Moss has been announced as a finalist in the women working in a management role category at this year’s Westpac Women of Influence Awards.

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    Deaf community will be able to follow live election coverage

    1 September

    The deaf and hard of hearing will be able to follow this year’s election thanks to New Zealand’s captioning and audio description service, Able. The NZ On Air-funded company announced that it will be captioning all political debates and live election coverage on TV ONE.

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    Movers and shakers

    1 September

    Former Summerset chief executive, and recognised leader of the aged care and independent living sector, Norah Barlow, joined the board of Vigil Monitoring as an independent director on 31 July 2014.

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    Aged care finally election hot topic

    27 August

    Major political parties finally talk seriously about their plans for aged care in New Zealand.

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    Living well in old age

    6 August

    Quality of life is the general wellbeing of individuals, defined in terms of health and happiness rather than wealth. Quality of life can be confused with the concept of ‘standard of living’, which is based primarily on income.

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    Ministry decides to continue with publication of full rest home audits

    5 August

    Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has announced today that publication of full rest home audit reports will continue.

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    Improving elderly care through robotics

    4 August

    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) today announced it will fund two multi-institutional teams to work collaboratively with Japan on innovative ways to improve elderly care through robotics and human assistive devices.

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    Ryman buys up Tropicana

    3 August

    Ryman Healthcare has bought Tropicana, an 8.92ha farm in Lynfield, reportedly one of the largest privately owned blocks of land in inner Auckland. The land was owned by Bill Subritzky.

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    Oceania set to list

    3 August

    Oceania, one of New Zealand’s largest retirement village and rest home operators, looks set to join Ryman Healthcare, Metlifecare, and Summerset and list on the New Zealand stock exchange.

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    Support for aged care funding gains momentum

    1 August

    The New Zealand Aged Care Association’s election campaign, which calls for increased funding for aged care providers, appears to be gaining momentum, as various organisations lend their support to the issue.

Latest Issue October 2014

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    Eds Letter Very sadly, my grandmother passed away recently. She had been in a rest home for the last 10 years of her life, and it was really touching to see a huge number of the rest home staff in attendance at her funeral, and to witness just how much she had...
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    Person-centred care – nice concept, but what actually is it? JUDE BARBACK discovers the ingredients of the truly person-centred approach taken by Elizabeth Knox Home and Hospital.
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    Sweet as honey As resistance to antibiotics strengthens, it is more important than ever to look for alternative treatments. When it comes to wound care and infection control, mānuka honey is proving to be a strong contender.
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    A new global guideline for pressure injuries As the Guideline Development Group representative for the New Zealand Wound Care Society (NZWCS), PAM MITCHELL was pleased to be involved in the creation of the 2014 International Guideline: Prevention and Treatment for Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline.
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    The rise and rise of multi-resistant organisms Bug Control New Zealand Ltd Infection Control Advisory Service discusses CRE, the next big bug about to hit New Zealand, and what care facilities can expect.
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    Outsmarting the outbreak: pandemic management and control INsite talks to the Emergency Response team at Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) about the processes involved with preparing for and managing major virus outbreaks.
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    The Abbeyfield alternative INsite’s recent articles on retirement villages and care facilities prompted BEATRICE HALE to consider alternative forms of senior housing. Here, she examines the Abbeyfield model.
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    Social integration of older New Zealanders Massey University’s Health and Ageing Research Team (HART)’s Independence, Contributions, and Connections (ICC) study reveals that working longer and socialising through the internet are related to social and health benefits for older people. PROFESSORS FIONA ALPASS and CHRISTINE STEPHENS looks at some initial findings.
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    On the soapbox ... Martin Taylor New Zealand Aged Care Association chief executive MARTIN TAYLOR describes the results of election 2014 as "not such a surprise".
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    Spotlight on ... adverse drug events Dr ANECITA GIG LIM backgrounds adverse drug events for the elderly and how to avoid them.
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    Let’s snoop around ... Ranfurly Village JUDE BARBACK visits Ranfurly in Auckland and gets the low-down on the home’s foray with Campbell Live.
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    Up close and personal with ... Frances Denz INsite meets Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year, FRANCES DENZ.
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    Last word ... Care Association New Zealand After reading the article ‘United we stand, divided we fall’ in INsite, it is evident that those outside the sector are not conversant with the enormity of the situation that the aged care sector has been battling for decades – this is the chronic underfunding that was identified in the...