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    New clinical trial to help slow Alzheimer's

    21 October 2016

    Forgetful Cantabrians have the chance to take part in a new clinical trial of medication that could help slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

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    INsite exclusive: Caregivers could be earning $23.50 an hour

    13 October 2016

    Rest home caregivers and community support workers could be in for a substantial wage increase as a source close to the ongoing equal pay negotiations between government, unions and the aged care and community support sectors reveals the parties are nearing settlement.

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    Musings on the state of aged care in New Zealand

    13 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.

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    HCHA conference: small but perfectly formed

    13 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.

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    NZACA conference: plenty to challenge and inspire delegates

    13 October 2016

    JUDE BARBACK joined the discussions (and the disco) at the New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) conference last week at Sky City in Auckland.

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    Political heavyweights weigh in on future of aged care

    7 October 2016

    New Zealand First leader Winston Peters took rest home owners and operators to task for being complacent about the current political leadership of the residential aged care sector.

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    World's oldest hip-hop crew surprises aged care conference

    7 October 2016

    Attendees of the New Zealand Aged Care Association's annual conference were moved to tears and laughter yesterday when they were treated to a surprise performance from Billie Jordan's Hip Op-eration elderly hip-hop dance crew at the conference.

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    Rest home-kindy partnership wins top prize at NZACA awards

    7 October 2016

    A cute robotic seal, a dementia-friendly garden makeover, a sensory room, a staff hikoi across Tongariro Crossing, a rest home café, and a partnership with a local kindergarten all featured among the finalist presentations of this year’s NZACA/EBOS Excellence in Care Awards.

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    Home care providers frustrated by lack of Govt progress

    7 October 2016

    The Government assured providers of home and community support services (HCSS) at the recent Home and Community Health Association (HCHA) conference that it would fulfil its obligations to the sector “in the near future”, however providers say they are fed up with the lack of progress on key issues affecting their sector.

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    Big steps towards new medication administration guidelines

    7 October 2016

    Home care providers have made bold leaps in the field of medication administration that could see national guidelines put in place next year.

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    ACC’s reinvention as partner of home care sector

    7 October 2016

    ACC told home care providers attending the Home and Community Health Association’s recent conference that ACC was undergoing “massive transformation” in order to become more customer focused.

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    Retirement village residents a step closer to rates rebates

    30 September 2016

    Local Government Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says the government will support the private member's bill which seeks to allow eligible retirement village residents to qualify for a rebate under the Rates Rebate Scheme.

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    New chair of interRAI New Zealand Governance Board announced

    30 September 2016

    Former Lakes District Health Board Chief Executive and Registered Nurse and Midwife, Cathy Cooney has been announced as the new Chair of the interRAI New Zealand Governance Board. 

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    Fire & emergency law change could affect villages and rest homes

    15 September 2016

    If left unchanged, the Government’s proposed new Fire and Emergency NZ Bill (FENZ) could result in a significant increase in fees for retirement village residents and aged residential care home operators, many of whom are not for profit.

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    Kiwis lack awareness of KiwiSaver fees and returns

    9 September 2016

    New research released during this year's Money Week has revealed many New Zealanders lack awareness about their KiwiSaver fees and returns.

Latest Issue

September 2016
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    ED's Letter

    In compiling this issue I became preoccupied with the notion of generations – what defines them and how they interact with each other.

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    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. 

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    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.

  • My generation 2

    Talkin’ ‘bout my generation

    JUDE BARBACK looks at the benefits, challenges, practicalities and limitations of intergenerational activities.

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    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.

  • Co morbidities

    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.

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    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.

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    Adapting to changing media needs

    Media trainer PETE BURDON says retirement village operators and aged care providers must adapt to the changing needs of digital news media.

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    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.

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    Wound care in older adults

    The New Zealand Wound Care Society (NZWCS) shares some tips for managing  wounds in older people.

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    Dealing with dementia: the need for education and support

    Dementia education sessions have been held for more than 450 health professionals across the South Island during the past 12 months as part of a Primary Care Dementia Education project. 

  • Cultural boundaries

    Removing cultural barriers to palliative care

    Mercy Hospice’s Cultural Care Project is helping to address the common barriers preventing families from accessing timely, culturally appropriate palliative care.

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    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.

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    Indian nurses as caregivers in New Zealand: “I would not have come”

    NYEMUDZAI ESTHER NGOCHA-CHADEROPA shares the stories of four Indian nurses working as caregivers in New Zealand residential aged care facilities. Their experiences – at times distressing – differ significantly from their expectations of life and work in New Zealand.

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    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.

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    Let’s snoop around… Malyon House

    JUDE BARBACK visits Malyon House in Mount Maunganui shortly after the family-owned rest home celebrated its 20th anniversary.

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    Up close and personal with Gabby Clezy

    TerraNova Homes & Care chief executive Gabby Clezy tells INsite editor JUDE BARBACK that it is time for more collaboration and open communication about the challenges and opportunities faced by the sector. 

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    Case study: Falls Prevention Programme

    One aged care provider’s initiative to reduce the number of falls by residents is proving very successful.

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    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.

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    A day in the life of… Karla Gounder

    Caring in a compassionate and authentic way for our elderly who find themselves in the hospital wing of a residential aged care facility takes a special sort of person. INsite talks to KARLA GOUNDER, a healthcare assistant at Enliven’s Woburn Home in Lower Hutt.

  • Upcoming conferences

    HCHA 2016 conference

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    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.