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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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How can we make aged care inclusive in New Zealand?

Immigrants have played a significant role in shaping the cultural landscape of New Zealand. From the early indigenous Maori, to the European colonizers, Chinese gold-miners, and later waves of Asian and Polynesian migrants having brought with them their own beliefs and attitudes that shape their perception of their adopted nation. …

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Explaining the Jargon

The reality is that there is a huge variety of options available that meet the diverse requirements for an older generation which is increasingly wanting to remain independent in their later years. If you have never had to previously think about “the next step”, chances are you might find it …

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Changing the look of Aged Care

An Australian design firm ThomsonAdsett has just been ranked the No. 1 architect in the world for ‘Elderly Living’ by UK magazine Building Design. Their latest World Architecture 100 survey, which covers 1,400 practices around the world, also named ThomsonAdsett as ‘One to Watch’ for 2018. Headed by Chris Straw and David Lane, …

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Restaurant quality meals

There’s no doubt that delicious food is one of the great joys of life, and that is just as true in retirement as any other stage of life. Nutrition is also key as we grow older. A healthy combination of good food and exercise can delay or even reverse many of …

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