The New Zealand Aged Care Association has received a record number of entries for the annual NZACA/EBOS Healthcare Excellence in Care Awards.

NZACA chief executive Simon Wallace says this is a reflection of all the excellent work that’s being done across the sector.

The number of award entries make it clear that the sector shouldn’t be defined by the sporadic media criticism of poor care delivery in rest homes, says Wallace.

“We do not condone even one poor case of care…but actually those cases are very rare and we need to celebrate the very good job we do with the stretched resources that we have in looking after 36,000 New Zealanders,” says Wallace.

Wallace says the NZACA’s Caring for Older Kiwis report released earlier this year, provides evidence that rest homes deliver health and wellbeing benefits to older people.

The award entries reinforce this message. The NZACA reports that the calibre of entries this year was extremely high, providing judges with a difficult task.

The finalists were named today and include virtual reality experiences for residents, a diversional therapy programme that involves community engagement, and a workplace diversity initiative. The finalists highlight best practice across all areas of residential aged care – from staff development, to food delivery, to innovative care, to community connections.

The finalists are:

Arjo Training and Staff Development Award category

  • Connecting cultures successfully in a diverse workplace (leadership + inclusion = success) – Iona Enliven Care Home
  • The Resident-Directed Care training programme – Metlifecare
  • Skin Care Fair – Bupa Lake Wakatipu Care Home

Medi-Map Community Connections Award category

  • IPLAYED PROJECT – Village at the Park, Wellington
  • Engagement in life: Connecting residents with local and global communities – The Selwyn Foundation

Invacare Small Operator Industry

  • Connecting people living with dementia with the local community – Capella House
  • Inspiring each other to live life to the fullest – Wyndham & Districts Community Rest Home Inc

Jackson Van Interiors Built and Grown Environment Award category

  • A people-focused reinvention of care home design – Metlifecare Greenwich Gardens Care Home
  • Partnership for change – changing a culture of care

QPS Benchmarking Innovative Delivery Award category

  • Expanding residents’ world using virtual reality – Lady Allum Rest Home, Auckland
  • myRyman Care: a comprehensive and accessible, electronic plan of care app that brings all elements of a resident’s care into one place – Ryman Healthcare
  • Lifelong learning: Selwyn’s SMART Journey – The Selwyn Foundation

Bidfood Excellence in Food Award for Care Homes and Hospitals

  • Dine in at home while at Wharerangi – Wharerangi, Taupo
  • Ryman Delicious: resident led food service – Ryman Healthcare
  • The Homestead Model: bringing the home dining experience to residents – Metlifecare Greenwich Gardens Care Home, Auckland

VCare Legendary Service to the Aged Residential Care Sector Award

  • Noeline Whitehead – Metlifecare
  • Cecily Munro – Malyon House

Leecare Solutions Stand-out Individual Award

  • Lois Cossey – Selwyn Oaks Village
  • Aditi Arora – Village at the Park

The awards will be presented at the NZACA 2018 Conference Gala Dinner on Wednesday 12th September.



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