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.

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.
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Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Nutrition is core to health

Dr Tracy Chandler (aka Dr Wellness) says conventional medicine needs to continue to embrace the growing recognition of the role of food and nutrition in health.

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