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.

Government needs to step up on staffing ratios, says rest homes expert

A major investigation has revealed dire living situations in many rest homes across the country.

Rest homes investigation: bedsore deaths, expired medication, hungry residents

Rest home residents are dying from bed sores. Nicholas Jones finds the preventable tragedies reflect wider problems in a sector trusted with our most vulnerable.

Opinion: Dr Merryn Gott – ‘Caregivers’ definition changing

It is time for family caregiving to be brought out of the shadows, writes Dr Merryn Gott.

HDC case highlights need for expertise in rest homes

Lessons can be learned from a case brought to the Health & Disability Commission where rest home staff were found in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights for failures in a resident’s care.

Equal pay campaigner Kristine Bartlett named Kiwibank New Zealander of the year

Equal pay champion Kristine Bartlett has been named the Kiwibank 2018 New Zealander of the Year.

Employers anxious mental health worker settlement won’t be fully funded

The Government's intentions to extend the pay equity settlement to mental health and addiction support workers has been welcomed, but employers want to see the new settlement fully funded.

Ageing with a disability sucks, says long-time advocate

69-year-old John McIntosh talks to Mary Anne Gill from the Life Unlimited Trust about ageing, disability and the importance of independence "for your soul".

Appeal could see changes to Funded Family Care policy

A successful appeal against a Ministry of Health's application of the Funded Family Care policy could spell change for the policy, especially under a Government that has suggested a review is on the cards.

Older Kiwis in better health – but cost still a barrier for many

A Commonwealth Fund survey found older New Zealanders are in better health than older adults in the ten other countries surveyed, but a relatively high percentage of older Kiwis still face cost-related barriers to healthcare services.
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