Apr/May 2013 edition
With Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) reporting reductions in claims as a result of falls since its Vitamin D in residential care programme was rolled out, it is now looking to expand the programme to older people in the wider community.
Jo Wallace shares what she finds rewarding, inspiring and challenging about being the sole RN at Matamata’s Rawhiti Lodge Care.
Dec 12/Jan 2013 edition
INsite talks to Hospice New Zealand about the realities of palliative care.
Nov/Dec 2012 edition
Drama therapy is increasingly used to help people suffering from dementia. However, far from a fad, drama therapy has been around for a while.
AMANDA PALMER discusses how to prevent and manage infection in wound care.
Falls prevention remains a key focus for researchers, but are changing funding policies impeding the right information reaching older people at risk of falling in their homes?
JUDE BARBACK discusses the importance of aged care facilities having a comprehensive infection control policy, ongoing education initiatives, evaluative processes, and the ability to react quickly in the event of an infection outbreak.
With ‘International Stop Pressure Ulcer Day’ looming, CAROL TWEED describes some of the strategies for preventing pressure injuries as outlined in the newly released guidelines.
MARGE MURPHY gives an insight into her job as a wound care nurse specialist for the Waitemata District Health Board (DHB).
Jun/Jul 2012 edition
Every flu season, vaccinations are recommended for older New Zealanders, but just how effective are these vaccines, and which ones are best?
Nov/Dec 2011 edition
While symptoms of food allergy and food intolerance are often similar, the similarity between these two conditions usually ends there, writes registered dietitian GAYE PHILPOTT.
DR REBECCA SOUTH looks at the periwound and the importance of accurate diagnosis in wound care.
FIONA CASSIE and PAUL DAGARIN find out more about the research and clinical
Aug/Sep 2011 edition
More than 200 residential aged-care facilities are signed up to the Liverpool Care Pathway. Fiona Cassie looks at the progress of this end-of-life care initiative that can bringing quality care – both physical and spiritual – to the dying resident.
Registered dietitian Gaye Philpott looks at whether nutrition supplement drinks should be charted on a medication chart.
Jun/Jul 2011 edition
High quality food service in the aged-care setting is about more than just the food, writes Jemma O’Hanlon.
A study has found that exceeding the recommended daily dose of calcium can actually promote bone fractures in older people. ZINZAN CUNNINGHAM reports.
ZINZAN CUNNINGHAM looks at New Zealand research suggesting that food, nutrition, social interaction and cultural relevance are all linked.
FIONA CASSIE heads to post-quake Christchurch and finds there are invaluable infection control lessons to be learnt by those working in aged care.
Talks and workshops held by the Reverend Dr Elizabeth MacKinlay inspired many attendees in New Zealand, writes Chris Perkins of the Selwyn Centre for Ageing and Spirituality.
The controversial drug zolpidem, better known as Stilnox, is back in the spotlight with new US research linking it with increased falls risk in the older people.
Apr/May 2011 edition
Gaye Philpott, a registered dietitian, looks at diabetes.
Fear of falls can lead to activity avoidance, poor quality of life and even increased fall risk, write Stephen Lord and Kim Delbaere.
Recent international abstracts related to falls research
Feb/Mar 2011 edition
Fiona Cassie looks at work with patients and residents who show the most challenging and complex of behaviour and mental health symptoms.
Jan/Feb 2011 edition
Dietitian Gaye Philpott looks into sweeteners, Milo and diabetes.
Oct/Nov 2010 edition
Tina Magennis takes an international look at some very encouraging results from re-ablement services for community clients.