The Future for Older People’s Health

“Older people live well, age well and have a respectful end of life in age-friendly communities” This is the vision set out in the draft of the update of the Health of Older People Strategy that is being finalised by the Ministry of Health. The final Strategy is expected to be released towards the end…

Better Alternatives to Sanctions

Social Security Act Rewrite Bill The Social Security Rewrite Bill has been reported back to Parliament by the Select Committee. The report is brief, just 11 pages long and makes few changes to the Bill. It includes minority reports from the Labour Party and Greens that point to the many issues raised by submitters that…

Is Aged Care Getting Better?

In 2002 the Ministry of Health introduced an external certification and audit process for aged residential care (rest home) facilities. The aim of certification and audit is to ensure that all older people receive acceptable aged residential care that meets quality and safety standards set under the relevant health laws and regulations. The results from…

Adding Life To Years as Renters

On a recent visit to Christchurch I had the opportunity to look around the Christchurch Methodist Mission (CMM) Wesley Village in Papanui. The wonderful team at CMM offer a wide range of support for older people as well as families and children. One long-standing part of their work is providing rental housing for older people…

Stop the Sanctions

The Social Security Rewrite Bill has been reported back to Parliament by the Select Committee. The report is brief, just 11 pages long and makes few changes to the Bill. It includes minority reports from the Labour Party and Greens that point to the many issues raised by submitters that are not addressed in the…

More Funding for Community Housing

With the total number of social and community housing units (i.e. Housing NZ, council-owned and community-owned) now at the lowest level since the late 1940s (per thousand of population), the housing crisis for low-income New Zealanders shows no sign of improving, indeed homelessness, where people are on the streets or in other desperate situations, has…

Easter Sunday protection is gone

Local body elections are one place where people can test candidates and influence councils about their position on Easter Sunday trading, now that those councils have been made responsible for making the decision. Despite a late flurry of lobbying from well-known figures like All Black great Michael Jones and boxing legend David Tua, National MPs…

World Alzheimers report

Rebalancing support for people with dementia towards primary and community care with specialist providing guidance and support, is one of the main recommendations coming out of the latest World Alzheimer Report says Alzheimers NZ. The report is recommending a radical change in to the way healthcare is delivered to people living with dementia.  The report’s…

Needs Assessment for Older People: interRAI

InterRAI is the name for the standardised needs assessment tool being used through all home based support and aged residential care for older people. This tool collects a wide range of data on people’s health and support needs to help plan their care and support and also to help those providing services to evaluate how…

Dementia Care Home Design Resource

A person-centred approach to the design of secure dementia units is the aim of a new resource released by the Ministry of Health in August. For some living with dementia, living in a secure dementia home is their only option and it is important to help make the quality of life of older people in…

Elder Abuse & Attitudes to Ageing

Elder Abuse Awareness Week starts today and Minister for Senior Citizens, Hon Maggie Barry is urging people to “get this shameful problem out of the shadows and confront the reality of how prevalent it is in our society.” With over 2,000 reported cases each year, and many going unreported, elder abuse is an issue that…

Policy Watch Budget 2016 Special

Policy Watch Budget 2016 Special: what we are looking for and what was announced NZCCSS is looking at the Budget announcements as always through the lens of the most vulnerable. We look for signs of real social investment that makes a difference for people on the margins (see also Scoop Budget 2016 coverage). The simple summary of…