Aged Care

September 2016

  • My generation 2

    Talkin’ ‘bout my generation

    JUDE BARBACK looks at the benefits, challenges, practicalities and limitations of intergenerational activities.

  • interRAI

    What does the interRAI data show?

    Collaborative analysis of the first set of interRAI data with other health data sets from the South Island Alliance and the University of Canterbury has helped to inform health service development.

  • Assisitive tech

    Assistive technology: how can it help in an ageing world?

    JUDITH DAVEY discusses the practical and ethical considerations of introducing assistive technology into aged care.

  • Cultural boundaries

    Removing cultural barriers to palliative care

    Mercy Hospice’s Cultural Care Project is helping to address the common barriers preventing families from accessing timely, culturally appropriate palliative care.

  • Culture shock

    Easing culture shock: helping new migrant staff get settled

    INsite recently published an article on the importance of migrant workers to New Zealand’s aged care sector. Here, Skilled Migrant Business Advisor LISA BURDES discusses how employers can help new migrant staff settle into work and life in New Zealand, and Canterbury in particular.

  • Indian Nurses

    Indian nurses as caregivers in New Zealand: “I would not have come”

    NYEMUDZAI ESTHER NGOCHA-CHADEROPA shares the stories of four Indian nurses working as caregivers in New Zealand residential aged care facilities. Their experiences – at times distressing – differ significantly from their expectations of life and work in New Zealand.

  • Brien Cree

    On the soapbox… Brien Cree

    Why aren’t the elderly afforded the same rights and privileges as the young? BRIEN CREE, managing director of Radius Care, can’t understand why the Birthcare model can’t be adapted for aged care to allow add-on services.

  • Malyon House

    Let’s snoop around… Malyon House

    JUDE BARBACK visits Malyon House in Mount Maunganui shortly after the family-owned rest home celebrated its 20th anniversary.

  • Gabby Clezy

    Up close and personal with Gabby Clezy

    TerraNova Homes & Care chief executive Gabby Clezy tells INsite editor JUDE BARBACK that it is time for more collaboration and open communication about the challenges and opportunities faced by the sector. 

  • Karla Gounder

    A day in the life of… Karla Gounder

    Caring in a compassionate and authentic way for our elderly who find themselves in the hospital wing of a residential aged care facility takes a special sort of person. INsite talks to KARLA GOUNDER, a healthcare assistant at Enliven’s Woburn Home in Lower Hutt.

August 2016

  • Small rest home

    The plight of the small rest home

    In an effort to boost occupancy levels and compete with larger operators delivering a broader continuum of care, smaller residential aged care facilities are increasingly providing hospital level care at the rest home level of funding. Without policy and funding intervention, are our smaller facilities sustainable? By JUDE BARBACK.

  • Food

    Food: does yours cut the mustard?

    President and Chair of Dietitians New Zealand CLAIRE TAHU discusses the importance of aged care facilities having regular access to a registered dietitian.

  • Baby boomers

    What do baby boomers want?

    New Zealand Nutrition Foundation chief executive SUE POLLARD gives a personal perspective on what baby boomers want – and don’t want – when it comes to food.

  • Ngaire Hobbins

    The right nutrition: counter frailty and improve your bottom line

    Author of Eat to cheat ageing NGAIRE HOBBINS discusses why it is so important to get the food right in residential aged care. 

  • In need respite

    In need of some respite

    With respite and short stay admissions increasing, aged care providers are pleased to see some national consistency introduced for premium charging for respite residents.

  • Debbie Dillon

    A day in the life of… Debbie Dillon

    INsite asks DEBBIE DILLON about her jobs as executive chef at Atawhai Rest Home and area kitchen manager for Oceania Healthcare and about her journey into food.

May 2016

March 2016

December 2015

  • Jude Barback

    Editorial: An early Christmas present

    It was an interesting exercise collating the contributions for this publication. We sought the opinions of many: politicians and government agencies; unions; retirement village operators and aged care providers; residents; and peak body associations for retirement villages, aged care, home and community support, and disability sectors all had their say about what will significantly impact on the future of aged care and retirement living in New Zealand.

  • Peseta Sam Lotu Iiga

    Meeting demand in aged care

    Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga outlines the measures the Government is taking to ensure the appropriate quantity and quality of care for older New Zealanders.

  • Simon Wallace

    Sector faces unprecedented challenge

    Simon Wallace is keen to see the Equal Pay case resolved and says if the NZACA is to reach agreement with the union on pay levels for workers, it needs to receive a commitment from the Government that it will meet the extra cost to providers. 

  • Victoria Brown

    Stop sidelining smaller aged care providers

    Victoria Brown says many policies are focused on directing older people away from long-term residential care, to the detriment of the smaller providers.

  • Julian Cook

    We are a people business

    Julian Cook says attracting and retaining quality staff is critical to aged care and retirement living.

  • Earl Gasparich

    Using the ORA to our advantage

    Earl Gasparich believes that a solution to the aged care funding crisis exists in the merging of the retirement village and aged care business models.

  • Grainne Moss

    Changing models of care

    Gráinne Moss says the cost pressures related to an ageing society are likely to result in innovative solutions that require a more ‘user-pays’ approach to care options.

  • Brien Cree

    The aged care funding model: it’s time for a change

    Brien Cree says that in the absence of increased government funding, there should be the option for people to contribute to the cost of their care, thereby introducing a co-funding model.

September 2015

  • The pay fray

    The pay fray that won’t go away

    Will the pay equity case rocking the aged care sector be resolved in or out of court? JUDE BARBACK looks at the momentum building within government circles, the aged care sector, and other industries. 

  • Wound champions

    Wound champions

    As a clinical nurse specialist in wound care for the Southern District Health Board, MANDY PAGAN provides a consultation role in residential aged care (RAC) facilities in Southland. To complete her clinical masters, she conducted a systematic review investigating wound programmes in RAC facilities. Here is an overview and summary of this review.

  • Social worker Malcolm Foster

    A day in the life of... a health social worker

    Health social worker MALCOLM FOSTER looks beyond a typical working day and discusses how his role has changed over the years, and what he’s learned along the way.

August 2015

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    The new Food Act and how it will affect providers

    The residential aged care sector has long maintained that providers should be exempt from the obligations set out in the new Food Act; however the Ministry for Primary Industries says the sector must comply with the new legislation.

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    InterRAI: the tight and tiring race to meet mandatory deadline

    On 1 July, after a somewhat hurried and harried introduction, interRAI became the mandatory clinical assessment tool for nurses to use in residential aged care facilities nationwide. FIONA CASSIE caught up with some nursing leaders as facilities headed down the home straight in a race to meet the deadline to train nurses in an already time and resource-stretched sector.

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    Texture modified diets part of the care

    Registered dietitian LIZ BEAGLEHOLE of Canterbury Dietitians says facilities need to plan ahead to ensure they get the texture of the food right for each resident, while also meeting their nutritional needs.

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    Let’s snoop around... Aspen Care

    JUDE BARBACK finds Tauranga’s Aspen Care Rest Home in the middle of exciting changes.

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    Last Word... Simon Wallace

    New Zealand Aged Care Association’s new chief executive SIMON WALLACE questions the concept of a ‘TripAdvisor for rest homes’, as discussed in the last issue of INsite.

May 2015

March 2015

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    TerraNova v Bartlett case – both sides speak out

    TERRY BELL of TerraNova Homes & Care and ALASTAIR DUNCAN of the Service & Food Workers Union (SFWU) sit on opposite sides of the TerraNova v Bartlett pay equity case. Yet here, in this rare feature, both appeal for the same thing – an increase in government funding to put an end to the inadequate pay levels of care staff.  

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    Up close and personal with... Martin Taylor

    JUDE BARBACK interviews exiting chief executive Martin Taylor about his 10 years at the helm of the New Zealand Aged Care Association.

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    Fear of falling: friend or foe?

    SHELLEY JONES looks at recent research on actual risk of falling and perceived risk, and the implications for older people.

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    Never too old to clown around

    Clown doctors show that sometimes laughter truly is the best medicine. CAMERON TAYLOR, of Clown Doctors New Zealand Charitable Trust, reports.