Spotlight on...Atrial Fibrillation13 February 2017
Heart Foundation GP Champion FRASER HAMILTON talks about atrial fibrillation (AF) – one of the fastest growing forms of heart disease.
"Ground-breaking" stroke treatment on offer at some DHBs3 February 2017
A "world-leading" technique is now being used by a handful of District Health Boards to treat stroke patients.
Dementia, intimacy and sexuality in residential aged care2 February 2017
When it comes to sexuality and intimacy in an aged care setting, how can staff balance residents’ rights with a duty of care? DR CATHERINE COOK and Associate Professor MARK HENRICKSON address a complex and sensitive topic.
interRAI proving itself in the South Island10 February 2015
A new interRAI report marks a milestone in how the assessment system is working for the South Island.
Full audit reports for all rest homes to be published17 December 2014
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.
Rehab fellowship marks collaborative approach to research3 November 2014
Waikato District Health Board has teamed up with Bupa Care Services and the Institute of Healthy Ageing to establish a new research health fellowship in rehabilitation medicine.
Northern collaboration to reduce harm from falls and pressure injuries11 July 2014
First, Do No Harm is the northern region’s patient safety campaign with an aim to reduce healthcare-associated harm.
Winter wellness9 July 2014
Winter can be a tough time both mentally and physically. Bupa Care Service managing director GRAINNE MOSSbelieves it is important to be more proactive about your health.
Hawke’s Bay water crisis: lessons learned
The Hawke’s Bay water crisis unleashed a severe gastro bug that took its toll on the care homes and retirement villages of Havelock North. JUDE BARBACK talks to three facilities about how they coped and lessons learned from the experience.
Six top tips for infection control
Hawke’s Bay DHB Infection Prevention and Control Advisor MARGARET DRURY shares some standard precautions to help prevent and contain an outbreak in an aged care facility.
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.
How can an older person’s co-morbidities impact on wound care?
AMANDA PALMER discusses some of the major health issues experienced by our older clients and how these can impact on wound healing.
Wound care in older adults
The New Zealand Wound Care Society (NZWCS) shares some tips for managing wounds in older people.
Case study: Falls Prevention Programme
One aged care provider’s initiative to reduce the number of falls by residents is proving very successful.
Upcoming new programme to reduce risk of falls
ACC’s GILL HALL discusses a new programme to support initiatives aimed at reducing falls for older New Zealanders.
JUDE BARBACK looks at why active ageing is more than just keeping physically fit and why it is so important.
Tackling the big issues in aged care
INsite looks at the increasing number of older obese people and whether our aged care facilities are equipped to provide the care they need.
Spotlight on… depression in our later years
Chief executive of New Zealand’s Mental Health Foundation SHAUN ROBINSON discusses why depression in older people needs to be taken seriously.
Spotlight on... Aphasia
EMMA CASTLE shares the realities of being unable to fully communicate due to the onset of aphasia.
Up close and personal with… Leanne MacDonald
In recognition of International Nurses Day on 12 May 2016, LEANNE MACDONALD, care services manager at Metlifecare’s Pinesong retirement village, shares her thoughts on the challenges and the future of elder care nursing.
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.
Spotlight on... sexual health: over the hill or still rock ‘n’ rollin’?
Dr CATHERINE COOK discusses intimacy, sexuality and sexual health in retirement and aged care.
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.
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.
The power of protein
Is the aged population getting enough protein? KAREN KINGHAM discusses the need for protein in an older person’s diet.
The dangers of polypharmacy
CAROLINE BARTLE and HELEN BEHRENS discuss the risks associated with inappropriate polypharmacy, particularly for older people with dementia.
Bill’s story dialysis at home
Bill Veth tells JOHN ALLIN that living with kidney disease needn’t restrict his life, thanks to his dialysis home support team.
Spotlight on... chronic kidney disease
CARMEL GREGAN-FORD sheds some light on the causes, treatments and management of chronic kidney disease.
’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.
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.
Let’s snoop around... Pohlen Hospital
JUDE BARBACK returns to her hometown of Matamata to visit Pohlen Hospital.
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.
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.
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.
Keeping up with telehealth
RON EMERSON, global director of healthcare for Polycom, discusses how video technology is improving healthcare for older New Zealanders.
A typical day in the life of ... a needs assessor
Needs assessor, Vanessa Taylor, believes she has “the best job in the world”.
Improving the dementia environment at home
CAROLINE BARTLE provides a comprehensive checklist for identifying areas of the home that could be enhanced to support and improve the quality of daily life for the individual living with dementia.
Cognitive Stimulation Therapy – a practice with huge potential
CAROLINE BARTLE discusses how becoming competent in Cognitive Stimulation Therapy can help practitioners achieve significantly improved outcomes for those in dementia care.
Spotlight on ... Macular Degeneration
DR DIANNE SHARP looks at a common health problem for older people and discusses its prevalence and causes as well as preventative measures and treatment options.
Spotlight on ... Arthritis
In this issue we cast the spotlight on arthritis, a common condition affecting hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders. DARRYL WARD discusses the common types of arthritis, how to cope with it, and where to turn for support.
A typical day in the life of … Jo Wallace
Jo Wallace shares what she finds rewarding, inspiring and challenging about being the sole RN at Matamata’s Rawhiti Lodge Care.
D: the miracle vitamin
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.
Spotlight on... Palliative Care
INsite talks to Hospice New Zealand about the realities of palliative care.
What’s the alternative?
Drama therapy is increasingly used to help people suffering from dementia. However, far from a fad, drama therapy has been around for a while.
Best practice: Infection control in the management of wounds
AMANDA PALMER discusses how to prevent and manage infection in wound care.
Putting falls prevention into practice
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?
Feeling the pressure
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.
A typical day in the life of… MARGE MURPHY
MARGE MURPHY gives an insight into her job as a wound care nurse specialist for the Waitemata District Health Board (DHB).
Let’s snoop around... Whare Aroha Home and Hospital
Malnutrition: Are residents at risk?
INsite consults expert opinions to understand why malnutrition is of such concern in aged care facilities and what can be done about it.
Spotlight on... Dental care for the elderly
Dentist DR JON MAHONEY discusses why it is important for older people to look after their teeth.