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.

Healthcare in 2025: exploring new care delivery models

RON EMERSON discusses the increasing role that telehealth will play in New Zealand’s healthcare system.

Addressing the gap between mental health services and aged care

MAX REID draws attention to the growing demand for a service model that addresses the specific needs of older people with both age-related and mental health needs.

Person-centred care – nice concept, but what actually is it?

JUDE BARBACK discovers the ingredients of the truly person-centred approach taken by Elizabeth Knox Home and Hospital.

Improving the dementia environment at home

CAROLINE BARTLE provides a comprehensive checklist for identifying areas of the home that could be enhanced to support and improve the quality of daily life for the individual living with dementia.

Advance Care planning: the importance of having *that* conversation

JUDE BARBACK looks at the ins and outs surrounding advance care planning in New Zealand.

Fear of falling: friend or foe?

SHELLEY JONES looks at recent research on actual risk of falling and perceived risk, and the implications for older people.

Consumer directed care and the Eden alternative

The Eden Alternative looks set to find its niche in Australia’s new consumer directed care model. INsite talks to Sally Hopkins about the changing face of community care over the Tasman.
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