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To contract out or do it yourself?

That is the question JUDE BARBACK considers here, looking at the pros and cons of contracting out catering services.

What’s on the menu?

JUDE BARBACK looks at how aged care facilities balance legal, nutritional, and specific dietary requirements with budget, resources, and changing taste preferences when it comes to menu planning.

Up close and personal with… Diana Triplow

JUDE BARBACK chats with the 2012 winner of the INsite/RVA Village Manager of the Year Award.

Pressure injuries: an ugly sore on the health system

They rarely grab the headlines but thousands of New Zealanders each year get preventable pressure injuries – and some die. FIONA CASSIE looks at new guidelines, the new name, and new efforts to heal this health system scar.

Dementia and nutrition

CAROLINE BARTLE discusses the importance of good nutrition for people with dementia and gives some practical advice to help make meal times easier.

‘Dishing the dirt’ on hand hygiene

Keeping your hands clean? Maybe not. National statistics show Kiwi nurses are missing one in three occasions they should be reaching for the hand gel. FIONA CASSIE looks at the Hand Hygiene New Zealand programme.

The sore throat that can break hearts

Just a sore throat … too many families now know some sore throats last a lifetime. FIONA CASSIE talks with some of the passionate pioneers of school throat-swabbing campaigns as the national Rheumatic Fever Prevention programme rolls out.

Dementia-friendly designs

JUDE BARBACK considers the research behind an innovative, virtual, dementia-friendly home and talks to architect, Warwick Bell of BKB Team Architects, about applying the research to New Zealand dementia units.

Dementia care: more than treading water

CAROLINE BARTLE says dementia care training should enable people to provide care that is progressive and not just about maintenance.

Let’s snoop around… Althorp Private Hospital

JUDE BARBACK gets a chance to snoop around a residential aged care facility in Tauranga.
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