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Upper Hutt Leader : May 25th 2011
4 UPPER HUTT LEADER, MAY 25, 2011 NEWS AVAILABLE FROM $300,000* Three 2-bedroom, 1 bathroom villas These require re - cladding work. One 2-bedroom, 1 bathroom brick villa OG1400 HUTT GABLES: 1094 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt 5018 Ph (04) 526 9292 www.oceanialiving.co.nz www.facebook.com/OceaniaGroup Four rarely available Retirement Villas available now FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Beverley Sutherland, Village manager Phone : (04) 526 9292 or (027) 433 8166 • Email: email@example.com Rarely are villas available at Hutt Gables. We now have four 2-bedroom villas available to choose from. So, if you have been considering moving to a village conveniently close to central Upper Hutt, this is the time to arrange a visit. Located in park-like settings; Hutt Gables Retirement Village has a new community centre (with gym, library, pool table and petanque), social functions & trips in the village van, and a family-friendly environment. Three of the four villas require re-cladding work but this will be undertaken at no cost to you. The village operator, the Oceania Group, is a Retirement Villages Association member and, as a consequence, follows strict standards and guidelines as to how it operates. * Ongoing service fees apply. HUTT GABLES VILLAS OPEN FOR VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT All villas have open plan living: kitchen, lounge and dining room, heat pump, decorated in neutral colours, wet-floor shower, extractor fan, wall oven, hob, and large single car garage with laundry tub. $1.99 $159 EACH Polyanthus. Clumps in flower. For an instant garden. Indoors or outdoors. 1066 Fergusson Dr, Upper Hutt. Ph: 939-1020 1066 Fergusson Dr, Upper Hutt. Ph: 939-1020 Lillies Asiatic & Orientals. Plant now for summer flowers. 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Geriatric care wave looms WHO TO CONTACT A first port of call for those seeking information on home help or residential care for an elderly person is the Hutt Valley Service Coordination Centre -- Nurse Maude, phone 566 2226. Staff there not only not only assess the elderly person's level of need -- Work and Income carry out financial assessments for subsidy levels, but they have information on which of the Hutt Valley's 16 rest homes or hospitals have current spare capacity. This is updated on a weekly basis. An information pack is available. REVIEW FINDINGS Findings of the Aged Residential Care Service Review (2010) included: Between 2006 and 2026, the NZ population aged over 65 is estimated to increase by 84 per cent, from 512,000 to 944,000. While the long-term trend of aged residential care use has been generally flat over the last 20 years, there have been significant changes in the mix of services required, with a decline in rest home use and steadily increasing use of hospital and dementia facilities. It is estimated that by 2014 the current sector capacity will be exhausted. It's likely we will need an extra 12,000 to 20,000 beds by 2026. Forty-three per cent of all facilities and 58 per cent of facilities built in the last decade charge some of their residents extra fees for additional services. The number of facilities charging extra fees has more than doubled since 2006. Earnings in the sector vary significantly and are often inadequate to cover interest and depreciation and provide an adequate return on investment for the provider. Mr Nahu says observations of people who have worked in the sector for years are that a decade or more ago ''people used to walk on in'' to a rest home under their own steam. A greater proportion are now being wheeled in on a bed. By SIMON EDWARDS There s sufficient capacity in the Hutt Valley s 16 aged residential care facilities for now, says a senior HVDHB manager, but the wave of baby boomers coming through is spurring a study on future needs. Hutt Valley District Health Board senior relationships man- ager Shayne Nahu says monitor- ing is done weekly on vacancy levels across the Hutt Valley s 517 rest home beds and 395 hospital beds for the elderly. Mr Nahu says there is particu- lar pressure around respite care and it is tough to find double rooms that can accommodate eld- erly couples wanting to stay together. Needs assessments for elderly people who may qualify for subsidies for help in their own homes or in a residential care facility are carried out here by the Hutt Valley Service Co-ordination Centre (HVSSC), which is under the umbrella of the Nurse Maude organisation. Every Monday morning, operators of the 16 local residen- tial care facilities send through bed availability data to the HVSSC. This enables the centre to tell families making inquiries where they might be able to find a place for their elderly relative. HVDHB also gets a copy. On Monday, May 2, 19 rest home single rooms were available but no double rooms; five single rooms and one double for people with dementia; four male only, one female only, 17 single and one double hospital care rooms; and three single psychogeriatric/high dependency rooms -- the latter at the Hutt Valley s only facility of this kind, at Manor Park. That mirrors the situation described in a report to the HVDHB last November, which said occupancy in both rest home and hospital beds for the previous six months was 94 per cent. For the first half of 2010/11 dementia beds had an average occupancy of 90 per cent and psy- chogeriatric 99 per cent -- 46 occu- pied beds out of 47 available. A nationwide sector review released last year found average bed occupancy in 2009/10 was 91 per cent for rest homes, 93 per cent for hospital and 96 per cent for dementia beds. Mr Nahu says supply and demand is a balancing act . The board does not build or run residential care facilities for the elderly. Accredited private operators who have a contract to provide beds that attract a govern- ment subsidy cannot claim on a bed that is unoccupied. So there s that element of caveat emptor (buyer beware) for the provider. Subsidies are only paid on a user basis. It is acknowledged in the sector that New Zealand needs to build more rest homes and hospitals and that costs and the present rate of return for operators is a stumbling block. Last September, an Aged Resi- dential Care Service Review car- ried out by Grant Thornton. This was released for the 20 DHBs and the NZ Aged Care Association. It paints a picture of growing demand from 2014, particularly for dementia and hospital beds, and offers an opinion we can not continue to rely on increasing util- isation of home support services as levels of dependency by people who are living longer means that remaining at home will become a less viable option as frailty levels increase . Mr Nahu says observations of people who have worked in the sector for years are that a decade or more ago people used to walk on in to a rest home under their own steam. A greater proportion are now being wheeled in on a bed. Mr Nahu says HVDHB is work- ing closely with Capital & Coast and Wairarapa DHBs on reviewing aged care services and future need. We need to consider it more from this sub-regional perspective because we have shared issues. One issue being considered is the Thornton report s recommen- dation that the optimum size of an aged care facility is around 80 beds, whereas many of today s older-style facilities are 15 to 20 beds. We need bigger facilities, but the expense means you ve really got to be careful where you build them. HVDHB is not as pessimistic as Thornton on the home support front. We ve been investing in home- based support more because the whole genesis of people ageing in their own homes is what we all want. I think there s still further developments around that in the sector, Mr Nahu says.
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