“Napoleon in a mental hospital”: Generations project aims to reduce social isolation among older...

The release of a report compiled by the social innovation project ‘Generations’, aims to find solutions to an issue that looms large for an ever-expanding demographic – the social isolation and feeling of invisibility experienced by so many older New Zealanders.

Palliative care specialists slam End of Life Choice Bill

Leading palliative care specialists say the focus should be on strengthening end of life care rather than introducing euthanasia legislation.

Poor care incident casts further questions over aged care sector

Another incident of failed rest home care fuels calls for a consumer watchdog for the residential aged care sector – but rest home providers urge that the sector should not be judged by isolated incidents.

Reducing falls: promoting ‘use it or lose it’ classes

Health professionals with patients at risk of falls are encouraged to ‘prescribe’ strength and balance classes to help reduce the 27,000 people hospitalised by falls each year.

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.
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THE DEATH SERIES

Death: the symptoms of dying

How much do many of us actually know about the act of dying? In the first of Health Central’s special focus on death and dying – The Death Series – FIONA CASSIE talks to palliative care specialist Brian Ensor about the symptoms of dying.

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