Removing cultural barriers to residential care

Mercy Hospice’s Cultural Care Project is helping to address the common barriers preventing families from accessing timely, culturally appropriate palliative care.

Spotlight on… depression in our later years

Chief executive of New Zealand’s Mental Health Foundation SHAUN ROBINSON discusses why depression in older people needs to be taken seriously.

Searching for a death with dignity

The Health Select Committee’s inquiry into medically assisted dying has brought to the fore New Zealand’s deeply polarising debate on voluntary euthanasia. JUDE BARBACK takes stock of the arguments for and against, including the NZACA’s strong stance.

Making advance care planning accessible

Liam Butler interviews NIC McKENZIE on making Advance Care Planning accessible to older people with intellectual disabilities.

Therapeutic spaces for older people

Liam Butler interviews René Andre MNZAC on therapeutic space for the elderly in care.

Spotlight on… sexual health: over the hill or still rockin’ and rollin’?

Dr CATHERINE COOK discusses intimacy, sexuality and sexual health in retirement and aged care.

The three ‘S’s and the three ‘A’s – ensuring optimum nutrition for residents with...

Recently qualified dietitian Debra Nell completed her master’s thesis on meeting the nutrition and hydration needs of residents in dementia care units. As part of her research, she developed a series of recommendations for facilities catering for these special residents.

Texture modified diets part of the care

Registered dietitian LIZ BEAGLEHOLE of Canterbury Dietitians says facilities need to plan ahead to ensure they get the texture of the food right for each resident, while also meeting their nutritional needs.

interRAI: the tight and tiring race to meet mandatory deadline

On 1 July, after a somewhat hurried and harried introduction, interRAI became the mandatory clinical assessment tool for nurses to use in residential aged care facilities nationwide.

Spiritual care — needed in a rest home?

Do caregivers understand what spiritual care is and how to meet residents’ spiritual needs as they approach end of life? JUDITH HARDIE discusses her research into spiritual care in New Zealand rest homes.
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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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Remote radiology service offers treatment for waiting lists

SPONSORED ARTICLE A virtual radiology service being set up by SEQURE Health could double the capacity of District Health Boards to read X-rays, CT Scans,...
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