Hutt News : May 17th 2011
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CONTINUED Page 5 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 manager Shayne Nahu says monitoring is done weekly on vacancy levels across the Hutt Valley's 517 rest home beds and 395 hospital beds for the elderly. From time to timeHutt News has been approached by people who say they are unable to find a place to look after an elderly relative. The problem can some- times be that the elderly person or their family have particular requirements -- for example, in one recent case the family thought they had found a place for their mother after searching for weeks, but the orientation of the bed was such that with her hip problem, it was unsuitable. Families often want to find a rest home near to where they live so they can visit. Mr Nahu says there is particular pres- sure around respite care and it is tough'' to find double rooms that can accommo- date elderly 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 Coordination Centre (HVSSC), which is under the umbrella of the Nurse Maude organisation. Every Monday morning, operators of the 16 local residential care facilities send through bed availability data to the HVSSC. This enables the centre to tell families making enquiries where they might be able to find a place for their elderly rela- tive. 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 psy- chogeriatric/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 psychogeriatric 99 per cent -- 46 occupied 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 resi- dential care facilities for the elderly. Accredited private operators who have a contract to provide beds that attract a government subsidy cannot claim on a bed that is unoccupied. So there's that element of caveat emp- tor (buyer beware) for the provider. Subsidies are only paid on a user basis.'' One indication that there is a little spare capacity in the Hutt Valley is that amongst our 18 rest homes/hospitals, we were able to accommodate at least 14 eld- erly people fleeing care facilities in Christchurch in the wake of the earthquakes. Some have now gone home, but others are staying on because they have family up here. It is acknowledged in the sector that New Zealand needs to build more rest homes and hospitals and that costs and the current rate of return for operators is a stumbling block. Last September, an Aged Residential Care Service Review carried out by Grant Thornton.
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