More beds won't fix aged-care crisis.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Residential care facilities (Management)
Hospital beds (Usage)
Hospital beds (Analysis)
Medical care (Quality management)
Medical care (Analysis)
Pub Date: 10/01/2011
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: Oct, 2011 Source Volume: 17 Source Issue: 9
Topic: Event Code: 200 Management dynamics Computer Subject: Company business management
Product: Product Code: 8360000 Residential Care Services; 2599020 Hospital Beds NAICS Code: 62399 Other Residential Care Facilities; 339113 Surgical Appliance and Supplies Manufacturing SIC Code: 8361 Residential care; 2599 Furniture and fixtures, not elsewhere classified
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 271050307
Full Text: NZNO says the New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) and its chief executive Martin Taylor are misleading New Zealanders when they say more beds are all that is needed to fix the crisis in rest-homes and aged-care hospitals.

NZNO industrial adviser Rob Haultain said the NZACA was clearly out of touch with the support needed to care for elderly New Zealanders.

"More beds mean nothing if there aren't well-supported and skilled staff to care for the person in the bed.

"The aged-care sector is in crisis and we know that quality care for older New Zealanders will only become a reality if there are enough people providing care. Compulsory staffing levels are the absolute bottom line, if we want safe, quality care for our elders," she said.

The crisis in aged residential care is a key election issue. "The thousands of signed aged-care charters we presented to politicians last month are testament to that," Haultain said.

"I challenge Martin Taylor to a public debate about the issues facing the residential aged-care sector. We are confident he and his organisation could learn a great deal from the thousands of union members who care for New Zealand's elderly, 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

(For more aged-care stories see p7. Ed.)
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