Don’t ig­nore the el­derly

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -


For the thou­sands of el­derly des­per­ate to stay in their own homes, the re­cent re­port into aged care was no doubt a dis­ap­point­ment. The re­port, and its over­whelm­ing em­pha­sis on res­i­den­tial fa­cil­i­ties, was a missed op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote qual­ity, per­son­alised in-home care.

The re­port’s own find­ings show that ‘‘many older New Zealan­ders, des­per­ate to stay in their own homes, are be­ing pushed out be­cause of in­ad­e­quate home sup­port ser­vices’’. Yet it ig­nores this by em­pha­sis­ing res­i­den­tial care that will see more el­derly lose their in­de­pen­dence as they are moved into aged care fa­cil­i­ties.

Nor does the re­port pro­vide any use­ful rec­om­men­da­tions to im­prove the qual­ity of in-home care. Much of the fo­cus of

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