Are migrant workers robbing New Zealanders of jobs in aged care?1 February 2017
The aged care industry has taken exception to recent immigration policies that make it harder for migrants to gain work in New Zealand. JUDE BARBACK looks critically at the immigration debate in the context of aged care.
SuperSeniors website launched18 September 2015
A new website for New Zealand’s SuperSeniors has been launched today by Senior Citizens Minister Maggie Barry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rates rebate for residents
Could Ruth Dyson’s Rates Rebate Amendment Bill, drawn from the ballot in May, result in eligible retirement village residents being entitled to rates rebate? JUDE BARBACK reports.
Searching for a death with dignity
The Health Select Committee’s inquiry into medically assisted dying has brought to the fore New Zealand’s deeply polarising debate on voluntary euthanasia. JUDE BARBACK takes stock of the arguments for and against, including the NZACA’s strong stance.
HOPS: how it’s shaping up
INsite looks at the key themes emerging as the new Health of Older People Strategy moves beyond the workshop phase and begins to take shape.
Good news for older people’s oral health
A new report on the oral health of older New Zealanders confirms what the aged care sectors have known for some time – this is an area of older people’s health that is in need of serious attention.
Village complaints – code change ahead?
MICHELLE BURKE looks at what the proposed changes to the complaints process could mean for retirement village operators.
Sector leaders speak up
INsite’s outstanding special e-edition, ‘The future of aged care and retirement living in New Zealand’ was published at the end of 2015, bringing together the varied and considered opinions of sector leaders to reveal the key issues New Zealand aged care and retirement faces going forward. Here is a taste of some of the topics and views that emerged.
Is there room on the ARRC?
JUDE BARBACK looks at what providers are seeking from this year’s Age-Related Residential Care (ARRC) agreement negotiations.
The changing face of palliative care
With increasing numbers of people dying in aged care than ever before, it is time we reconsidered the way we define, structure and fund our palliative care system in New Zealand. JUDE BARBACK reports.
The new Health of Older People Strategy
INsite looks at the co-design approach that the Ministry of Health is taking in the development of a new national Health of Older People Strategy.
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.
Growing an age-friendly New Zealand
Maggie Barry says we need to ensure our communities are ‘age-friendly’ as our older population continues to grow.
The importance of preparing financially for retirement
Diane Maxwell says New Zealanders need to get better at preparing financially for their retirement.
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.
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.
The Commission for Financial Capability recently ran a competition to get people thinking about the changes to life, needs and lifestyle that occur over the 20–30 years that many spend in retirement.
’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.
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.
In your expert opinion...
INsite asks experts in the retirement villages sector about industry trends, business decisions, investor information and legal advice.
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.
Last word... Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga
The recently appointed Associate Minister of Health shares his vision for aged care in New Zealand.