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.
Healthbots set up home at Selwyn3 November 2014
Following a trial at Selwyn Heights retirement village in 2013, the Selwyn Foundation has now introduced four robotic seals – or healthbots - to promote interaction and provide comfort for residents in Selwyn rest homes.
Deaf community will be able to follow live election coverage1 September 2014
The deaf and hard of hearing will be able to follow this year’s election thanks to New Zealand’s captioning and audio description service, Able. The NZ On Air-funded company announced that it will be captioning all political debates and live election coverage on TV ONE.
Improving elderly care through robotics4 August 2014
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) today announced it will fund two multi-institutional teams to work collaboratively with Japan on innovative ways to improve elderly care through robotics and human assistive devices.
Full agenda for Careerforce conference6 May 2014
The Careerforce Workforce Development Conference 2014, which will take place on the 20 and 21 May at Te Papa in Wellington, will bring together some of the leading people involved in the development of the carer workforce, and address a range of pertinent topics.
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.
Get ready for the ‘eat and tweeters’
The baby boomers take a very different approach to food from their parents before them. JUDE BARBACK says retirement village operators and aged care providers need to prepare themselves for a generation of diverse and adventurous eaters.
Living with interRAI
In the last issue of INsite, the team at TAS offered some reassurance that the sector’s mounting concerns about interRAI would be addressed. However, a recent survey of aged care providers delivers some worrying home truths about the realities of day-to-day life with interRAI.
Taking telehealth into the future
MEI-LIN LOW says addressing the health care needs of our older population will be one of the greatest challenges over the next 10 years. Could technology be part of the solution?
Smart move: how technology can aid the older person at home
Researchers from Massey University have received funding for an exciting new research project that will investigate the impact of technology on the lives of older people at home.
Resolving interRAI training issues
Providers are becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of training available on interRAI, but TAS says there is light at the end of the tunnel. JUDE BARBACK reports.
Aged Advisor cements its place in sector with awards
The Aged Advisor 2015 ‘People’s Choice’ Awards for Best Retirement or Lifestyle Villages & Aged Care Facilities were recently announced.
Tablets and tablets: when technology intersects with aged care
JUDE BARBACK reflects on the difficulties and benefits of incorporating technology into aged care.
No-touch cleaning technology – the future of cleaning?
JULIE SPARKS of Bug Control New Zealand looks at the evidence behind ‘no-touch’ cleaning techniques and whether they provide a viable alternative to traditional cleaning methods.
Is it time for a large dose of technology disruption?
RON EMERSON discusses ways that technology could improve healthcare for our growing ageing population.
Rating rest homes: is it about time?
The arrival of a 'Trip Advisor'-type website for rest homes has the sector squirming. AgedAdvisor.nz allows anyone to rate and review aged care facilities and retirement villages, which has left some providers feeling anxious. JUDE BARBACK looks at the issues providers face in the push for more transparency and accountability.
Healthcare in 2025: Exploring new care delivery models
RON EMERSON discusses the increasing role that telehealth will play in New Zealand’s healthcare system.
Keeping up with telehealth
RON EMERSON, global director of healthcare for Polycom, discusses how video technology is improving healthcare for older New Zealanders.
A robotic retirement
Sensors and other technologies are playing an increasingly important role in allowing people to “age in place”. But there’s a fine line between assisting care delivery and fuelling social isolation, says JUDE BARBACK.
Telehealth in aged care
GARY DENMAN discusses the emerging role of mobile technology in New Zealand’s aged care sector.
iPad revolution in dementia care
LIAM BUTLER learns how iPads are transforming dementia care at Bupa’s Naomi Courts Specialised Dementia Care Home in Nelson.
Spotlight on... age-related hearing loss
Audiologist INGRID DEKKER discusses the progression of degenerative hearing loss and steps that can be taken to treat it.
The Government’s decision to accelerate the time frame for the roll-out of interRAI to all residential aged care facilities has met with mixed reactions. JUDE BARBACK looks at why there is such a strong drive for the clinical assessment tool and what it is hoped to achieve.
Spotlight on... technology
INsite looks at how technology is transforming the services offered by retirement village operators and aged care providers.