New research released today proves that postcode healthcare is a reality for older Kiwis, due to the inconsistent approaches to residential aged care by District Health Boards.
Residential aged care providers say the Herald's investigation has latched onto isolated incidents and extrapolated them across the whole industry. Meanwhile providers are constantly striving to improve in the face of insufficient funding. By Sara Carbery.
Victoria Brown of Care Association New Zealand (CANZ) says more facilities will close if funding does not keep pace with rising costs and expectations.
New Zealand Aged Care Association chief executive SIMON WALLACE says the Herald's rest home investigation series doesn't give the whole picture.
New international research suggests rest home admissions in low and middle-income countries are often not based on care needs, but other factors.
Aged care providers relying on migrant workers are eager to see the review of the skills classification system ANZSCO get underway as promised. However, there is no sign of the review happening any time soon.
REBEKAH FRASER talks to the New Zealand organisations in with a chance of taking home awards at the "Oscars of Elder Care".
Dr Merryn Gott argues that caregivers need to be seen explicitly as part of the palliative care workforce, requiring appropriate education, training and support.
Radius Care Managing Director Brien Cree's blood boiled listening to residential aged care facilities take a hammering in recent talkback discussions around elder abuse. Here, he comes to the defence of rest homes.
Aged care worker Kristine Bartlett won New Zealander of the Year for her fight alongside union E tū for equal pay for care and support workers. Her win has prompted questions about how far we have to go to fully address pay equity in New Zealand.