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Residential Care Loans

While the Crown’s Residential Care Loan scheme is not available to many people it is something to be aware of as an alternative if you are not eligible for a Residential Care Subsidy and meet the scheme’s criteria. If you are living at home and assessed as requiring long term …

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Nursing Shortage in Aged Care Sector Needs Government Intervention

New Zealand’s aged care sector is experiencing a chronic nursing shortage and we now have a crisis situation on our hands. Immigration laws and procedures have made recruiting nurses from overseas tougher while our local nurses are leaving residential aged care in droves to take up higher paying positions in …

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Say No To Postcode Healthcare

It’s always gratifying when research validates the work we do in looking after older New Zealanders, especially when it’s credible, large-scale, and based on internationally accredited assessment tools. An in-depth look at nationwide data has highlighted strong improvements in health, mental health and well-being, pain management and sociability, for elderly …

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Caring for older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) residents

At a conservative estimate gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people make up ten percent of the population. Why do we not see ten percent of those living in aged care or accessing in home assistance identifying as LGBTI?  Is it because they have friends and family who are …

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Improving the way we care for older people

There’s been some agitated discussion on talkback recently about aged care services. I know, talkback is where some people get paid well to make other people angry – but it serves a purpose. Examples of abuse were mentioned, and residential care facilities took a hammering. The host did acknowledge that …

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