Hutt News : May 17th 2011
5 HUTT NEWS, MAY 17, 2011 NEWS CUSTOM DESIGNS REPAIRS VALUATIONS 1st Floor Gibson Sheat Centre Queens Drive, Lower Hutt Ph 04 939 2032 www.rings.co.nz Telephone: 04 576 0002 140 Jackson Street, Petone ww w.valentines.co.nz firstname.lastname@example.org DINE FREE on your BIRTHDAY * Dine free when dining with 3 other full paying guests. Proof of Bir thday required. Not valid in combination with any other discounted offer. * in aged care needs FROM Page 4 TELL US Are you have difficulty finding a rest home or hospital bed for an elderly relative? Hutt News would like to talk to you about your experiences in the sector. Email email@example.com or phone 589 7622 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. Current 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. 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 utilisation 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. The [level of] acuity is changing. Mr Nahu says HVDHB is working 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. He s aware that private sector operators are doing their own research. One issue being considered is the Thornton report s recommendation 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. Bald demographics only give DHBs and rest home operators part of the picture. The other thing we re not sure about is how well will people be in the future? People coming through have had different diets and lifestyles; they have different expectations on how they want to live. I think we ve got to be a bit flexible, and in the end the market will have a tendency to tell us what s required. Shops on board for night market Night markets: They're everywhere overseas -- why not Lower Hutt? The Saturday morning Riverbank market has proved a big hit with shoppers from around the region. Now Hutt City Council wants to set up a Thursday night market in High St. The council is seeking expressions of interest from poten- tial operators for the CBD night market, which it wants to see run- ning by September. We re looking for bright sparks to create another Hutt insti- tution, development services gen- eral manager Kim Kelly said. Organisations and individuals with the right mix of commercial and promotion experience were sought. The idea was to close High St between Margaret St and Laings Rd to traffic. Andrews Ave would also be involved. Council communications adviser James Lamb said there was a great example of what they envisaged already operating in Rotorua. Retailers up there got on board and it just seems to be growing all the time. Mr Lamb said the council had already spoken to High St retailers here, who backed the concept. A steering group including council and Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce represen- tatives, was being formed. Stalls could sell food and other goods. A night market could inject extra buzz into Thursday late- night shopping in the Hutt down- town area, Mr Lamb said. Interested operators should get a copy of the expressions of inter- est document at huttcity.govt.nz/ nightmarket. Bids must be in by Friday, May 27. What do Hutt News readers think? Is is a good idea or too disruptive to traffic and parking? What sorts of stalls or features would you want to see? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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