El­derly care

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Aged care work­ers’ morale is slip­ping, a re­searcher says. The New Zealand Aged Care Work­force Sur­vey 2014, re­leased on April 28, of­fers a snap­shot of aged care em­ploy­ees, fo­cus­ing mainly on the job sat­is­fac­tion of care­givers. The re­port raises im­por­tant ques­tions about the value we place on the care of the el­derly, lead au­thor Dr Kather­ine Ravenswood says. Ravenswood, from AUT Uni­ver­sity’s New Zealand Work Re­search In­sti­tute, says low pay, high work­loads, an age­ing work­force and an in­creas­ing de­mand for aged care, add up to a con­cern­ing pic­ture for the sec­tor. The av­er­age aged care worker is fe­male, aged over 45 and the main earner in her fam­ily, but earns $15 or less per hour. The sur­vey was de­vel­oped in con­sul­ta­tion with an in­dus­try ref­er­ence group in­clud­ing mem­bers from New Zealand Aged Care As­so­ci­a­tion, the New Zealand Nurses’ Or­gan­i­sa­tion and Ca­reer­force. Go to tinyurl.com/ CLDaged­caresur­vey for the full sur­vey.

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