Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has announced that full audit reports for all rest homes will be published online from today in a more reader-friendly format.
The announcement follows a year-long trial in which 574 full audits were published on the Ministry of Health website.
While some aged care organisations initially expressed their reservations about full audit information being made readily available to the public, the trial has received much positive feedback from the public and organisations including Age Concern, Grey Power and Consumer New Zealand.
“The trial has shown the benefit of having the full reports available and publishing will now continue in an improved format,” says Mr Lotu-Iiga. “I am delighted that we have been able to achieve our aim of having these comprehensive reports available by the end of 2014.
"People will be able to continue accessing complete details of rest home audits, giving them all the information they need about how a home is performing. This information is important in helping older people and their families make informed decisions about their care and living environment.”
Shorter summaries of the audit findings have been available online since 2009.
All rest homes are independently audited against 50 standards and require certification to ensure they provide safe and effective care. The audit reports identify any risks and areas where the homes need to improve.
From today all new audit information will be available at www.health.govt.nz/resthomes.