Caregivers are excited at the prospect of another pay increase as the pay equity settlement rolls into its second year. Meanwhile employers have welcomed a funding supplement to assist with the increased wage costs.
The pay equity settlement extension to include mental health and addiction support workers will be funded on an ‘actuals’ basis, as per the home and community support services sector, until the end of September.
Jude Barback responds to an editorial suggesting rest homes are not a good option for older people.
While attitudes are slowly changing, the subject of death is still cloaked in stigma and taboo. JUDE BARBACK examines calls to educate children about death, dying and ageing.
How much do many of us actually know about the act of dying? FIONA CASSIE talks to palliative care specialist Brian Ensor about the symptoms of dying.
Do the aged care and retirement village industries need to clarify their cost structures around premium rooms and aged care costs in general?
The Ombudsman is to monitor and inspect residential aged care facilities, but who will foot the cost?
More New Zealanders than ever are dying in our rest homes, bringing demand for end-of-life care to an all-time high with no signs of slowing. But rest homes say that unless demand and expectations are accompanied by appropriate funding, the current situation is unsustainable. By JUDE BARBACK.
Taranaki rest home closes after struggling to keep up with pay equity costs.
This year’s Age Related Residential Care (ARRC) Contract negotiations have gone some way to help protect residential aged care providers from the damaging effects of pay equity – however, with the averaging formula still in place, there will continue to be providers who suffer as a result of the settlement.