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Elder abuse: a true story

Age Concern caseworker Janine King in Southland shares this case study of elder abuse, one of many cases that are reported each year in New Zealand.

Retirement villages: can they address financial concerns in retirement?

Allain Kuys-Clarke suggests retirement village operators should consider the idea of removing weekly residents' fees with the aim of reducing financial concerns among those residents on limited incomes in retirement and thereby increasing their penetration into the seniors' market.

20 questions to mark 20 years of Eldernet

With Eldernet hitting the 20 year mark, Jude Barback asks founder ELEANOR BODGER about what inspired her to set up Eldernet and the changes she’s seen since.

What the NZACA report doesn’t say

Responding to the New Zealand Aged Care Association’s major new report ‘Caring for our older Kiwis’, the Home and Community Health Association believes there needs to be more emphasis on choice when it comes to discussing ageing policies.

Opinion: Victoria Brown – aged care providers face an “ongoing, uphill struggle”

Victoria Brown of Care Association New Zealand (CANZ) says more facilities will close if funding does not keep pace with rising costs and expectations.

Opinion: Simon Wallace – Herald rest home series not the whole picture

New Zealand Aged Care Association chief executive SIMON WALLACE says the Herald's rest home investigation series doesn't give the whole picture.

Response: Glen Sowry – the timing of full capital repayment

Responding to calls by residents for full capital repayment upon vacation of a retirement village unit, Metlifecare chief executive GLEN SOWRY says it is not good business to do anything other than the current practice of repaying the resident once the unit has been refurbished and resold.

Response: Graham Wilkinson – immediate full capital repayment is “well intentioned but impractical”

Retirement Villages Association (RVA) president GRAHAM WILKINSON says the suggestion of full capital repayment when a retirement village unit is vacated is "simply impossible to consider".

Opinion: Dick Williams – Unfair terms in a retirement village contract

Retirement Village Residents' Association spokesperson DICK WILLIAMS says retirement village legislation still strongly favours the village operator and not the resident.

Opinion: Elisabeth Kennedy – why interRAI makes aged care nursing such a hard job

In this honest and confronting opinion piece, Registered Nurse ELISABETH KENNEDY explains how trying to keep on top of interRAI training led her to neglect her role and her health.
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