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…

Oral Health in Rest Homes and Home Support

The state of your teeth and general oral health has a huge impact on wellbeing for older people. For the first time older people in aged residential care (rest homes and continuing care hospitals) have been surveyed about their dental health as well as older people living in their own homes and receiving home based…

Best Place in the World To Die?

An international study has rated New Zealand as the third best place in the world to die. The Economist magazine 2015 Quality of Death report ranked 80 countries in five areas of end-of-life care. New Zealand was highest ranked for community engagement but ranked lower for other areas such as healthcare environment, affordability, human resources…

Rental Law Changes are half-hearted

Residential tenancy laws are being revised but will not include a full warrant of fitness (WoF) for housing, which Deputy Prime Minister Bill English rejected as “extreme”. The initial outlines for proposed changes released in July show only very limited improvements in tenant rights. Legislation is being drafted and was expected to be in Parliament during…

Is Housing A Human Right?

(based on address to a forum at St Matthews-in-the-City on 31st August 2015) There is so much going on, so much to say about housing in this country, it is hard to know where to start. But I want to start at the place where the divine meets the ordinary. We are in a church,…

(A) Little Hope for the Marginalised?

A central part of the Christian message is hope for a just and fair sharing of the plentiful resources of our country and our community. Hope is not an empty optimism that things will get better “some day.” Hope is built on the lived experience of communities seeking just and fair outcomes for their people….

Care Workers Main Earners for Families

Aged care workers in home support and aged residential care love their work but are concerned about the pressures of their work and the low pay. AUT researcher Dr Ravenswood describes the typical aged care worker as “female, aged over 45 and is the main earner for her family but she earns $15 or less…