HCHA conference: small but perfectly formed13 October 2016
The Home and Community Health Association's recent conference in Wellington prompted rich discussions and debate around the issues at the heart of the home and community support services sector (HCSS). JUDE BARBACK reports.
Musings on the state of aged care in New Zealand13 October 2016
After attending the recent NZACA and HCHA conferences, INsite editor JUDE BARBACK reflects on the collective challenges facing the residential aged care and home care sectors and what it all means.
Home care services under threat29 April 2015
Home and community support services are under threat because the current funding model for the sector is unsustainable.
Findings of NZ Aged Care Workforce Survey released28 April 2015
Low wages, high workloads and stress outweigh the love of the job for New Zealand’s aged care workforce.
Productivity Commission releases report for improving social services28 April 2015
A new Office of Social Services and more investment in data technology are among the recommendations proposed by the New Zealand Productivity Commission aimed to improve our social services system.
"Now is not the time to discourage training"15 December 2014
The Industry Training Federation calls for Government to better support training for care and community support workers.
One Consumer Advocate Influencing Health of Many Older People15 December 2014
ANNA DORSEY talks to Ruby Aberhart (pictured here with Hon Jo Goodhew) about her role of Consumer Advocate for the South Island Alliance’s Health of Older People’s Group (HOPSLA).
Person first, dementia second25 November 2014
Bupa's GRAINNE MOSS shares sthe touching story of Bupa employee Kate Burnett and resident Mary.
“Win-win” agreement for home support sector12 September 2014
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.
Talkin’ ‘bout my generation
JUDE BARBACK looks at the benefits, challenges, practicalities and limitations of intergenerational activities.
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.
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.
Recognising the value of informal caregivers
Massey University’s PROFESSOR FIONA ALPASS reflects on the latest findings from the New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement Study, which reveal some of the challenges faced by informal caregivers.
Airbnb meets home care
JUDE BARBACK catches up with MyCare chief executive and founder Mark Jeffries about how the new home care worker matching service will work with New Zealand’s home and community support services sector.
On the soapbox… Julie Haggie
As the Home and Community Support Services (HCSS) sector is inching towards change, chief executive of Home and Community Health Association (HCHA) JULIE HAGGIE reflects on what it all means for employers, employees and clients.
HCSS: a sector waiting for action
The Director-General of Health’s report to the Ministry of Health on the state of New Zealand’s home and community support services (HCSS) describes the sector as being “in a fragile state”. It says “that doing nothing is not an option”. This report was completed in August 2015. Yet still, a sector waits for change.
Social value and going the extra mile
Policy advisor at the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services PAUL BARBER discusses two projects aimed at exploring the added value of community-based social services.
On the soapbox … Julie Haggie
Home and Community Health Association chief executive JULIE HAGGIE asks why the Government has allowed the second part of the In Between Travel Time Settlement – made last year between unions, providers and the Government – to dwindle away.
Home and Community Support sector undergoing transformation
Julie Haggie says “grown-up contracting behaviour by funders and providers” is needed to help achieve her vision for the community support worker role.
At the intersection of aged care and disability
Garth Bennie discusses what will likely influence how the aged care sector interacts with people with disabilities in the future.
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.
On the soap box... Graeme Titcombe
Access chief executive GRAEME TITCOMBE was recently presented with a lifetime achievement award at the 2015 Home and Community Health Association Conference Awards. Here, he discusses the limitations to providing a nationally consistent and effective home support service.
Don’t give up on octogenarians
NGAIRE KERSE gives an update on the fascinating LiLACS NZ study in which the quality of life for a large group of Māori and non-Māori in their eighties has been monitored and analysed over five years.
Dancing with dementia
JUDE BARBACK looks at a recent dance and dementia project that has had a lasting impact.
Nurturing the social health of older people
BEATRICE HALE looks beyond the jargon surrounding healthy ageing and is heartened to discover a wide range of services and providers that cater to the social health needs of older people.
Home and Community Health Association’s Conference 2015 28–30 April 2015, Auckland.
Let’s snoop around... Pohlen Hospital
JUDE BARBACK returns to her hometown of Matamata to visit Pohlen Hospital.
Key reports released
The end of April saw a flurry of reports released, all with relevance to New Zealand’s home and community support services.
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.
Innovation important but consistency crucial – hopes for home-based care
JUDE BARBACK talks to Julie Haggie from the Home & Community Health Association about what the home-based care sector hopes will emerge from the New Zealand Productivity Commission’s inquiry into more effective social services.
Addressing the gap between mental health services and aged care
MAX REID draws attention to the growing demand for a service model that addresses the specific needs of older people with both age-related and mental health needs.
Let’s snoop around... Home Instead
Since introducing INsite’s ‘snoop around’ column, I’ve visited and reported back on many rest homes and retirement villages but never a homecare organisation. Of course, the very nature of home-based care makes it considerably more difficult to ‘snoop around’, but it didn’t stop me from contacting Debra Jager, manager of Home Instead Tauranga, to see if she might be willing for me to pop by.
Last word... Maggie Barry
The new Minister for Senior Citizens makes her introductions.
A long way to go – but on the right track
Up close and personal with ... Bob Harkness
INsite gets a peek into the world of a man who suffered a stroke and now receives long-term care but still dreams of playing golf with Prime Minister John Key.
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”.
Last Word... Roy Reid
President of Grey Power Federation ROY REID believes good progress is being made towards better care for the aged.
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.
Advance Care Planning: the importance of having *that* conversation
JUDE BARBACK looks at the ins and outs surrounding advance care planning in New Zealand.
In sickness and in health
JUDE BARBACK considers the burdens placed on the older person caring for their spouse or partner and what support is out there for them.
Up close and personal with Colin Mathura-Jeffree
Colin Mathura-Jeffree tells INsite what inspired him to become Alzheimer’s New Zealand’s Champion for Dementia.
Up close and personal with ... Clare Hitchcock
CLARE HITCHCOCK shares her experience as a volunteer driver for the Matamata Community Health Shuttle.
Long road to recovery: Supporting older Cantabrians
PHILIPPA FLETCHER discusses what is being done to support the older people of Canterbury as Christchurch continues its recovery.
At breaking point?
With a fragmented and inconsistent approach to funding across the country, the home and community support services sector is struggling to meet growing demand for its services. JUDE BARBACK looks at some of the key concerns facing the sector.
Charity starts at home
BEATRICE HALE discusses the realities confronting family carers.
A typical day in the life of … Rona Woolsey
INsite chats to a shopping service co-ordinator for Age Concern.