The rising costs of running our rest homes (and what the Govt intends to do about it)7 February 2017
The creeping costs of compliance and care delivery are pushing some residential aged care providers to breaking point. JUDE BARBACK questions whether the sector can continue to keep pace without a corresponding increase in Government funding.
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.
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.
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.
Last Word… Paul Rea
New Zealand Seniors Party chair PAUL REA says it’s time for New Zealand to rethink its current pension scheme to deliver a fair deal for older Kiwis.
Why equal pay is all about care and respect – and why the bill needs to be paid.
Alastair Duncan says it’s about time aged care workers were paid appropriately for the work they do.
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.
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.
Our aged care workforce – when will it become a priority?
A new survey shows that while aged care workers love their job and value the training they receive, low pay levels, high workloads, an ageing workforce and an increasing demand for aged care add up to a concerning picture for the sector. How many more research reports and legal battles will it take for funding and workforce pay levels to be properly addressed? By JUDE BARBACK.
Last Word... Brien Cree
Radius Care managing director BRIEN CREE is concerned that District Health Boards (DHBs) are not passing on superannuation increases to aged care providers and says it’s time for providers to get their funding directly from the Government, and take DHBs out of the equation.
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.