NZ Framework for Dementia Care


Category: Health and Social - Residential Care
Updated on: 11-Jun-2016

Dementia and the take-up of residential respite care

Australian Institute of Health & Welfare. Bulletin 78. April 2010.

People caring for those with dementia have identified respite care as one of their critical care needs. Their low use of respite care, however, appears to belie this stated need. Evidence about respite use patterns for people with dementia and their carers has to date largely been based on small-scale studies and qualitative research. A recent systematic review of the literature on transitions in care of people with dementia found little that described common pathways and transitions between care types, including the use of respite care (Runge et al. 2009).

This study aims to fill part of this evidence gap using nationally linked administrative data to quantify the extent to which residential respite care is taken up by those with and without dementia. The study is based on 32,000 members of the Pathways in Aged Care (PIAC) cohort who had an approval for residential respite care use from an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) in 2003–04.

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Contributor: Shereen  Moloney - 15 Jun 2016, 1:17 PM

This is NZ research that could be categorised under the "Managing Challenges" section of the NZ Framework for dementia care. Not all of it necessarily applies to residential care, but much of it is applicable. If you  have research you think could be added or think that yours belongs elsewhere- please add a comment.


Contributor: Chris Perkins - 31 Oct 2016, 9:06 AM

Title: He Ara Tika, A pathway forward: The scope and role of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) in relation to aged care and disability residences and facilities


Description: In light of growing concerns about the treatment of people residing in locked aged care facilities, dementia units, compulsory care facilities, community-based homes and residences for disabled persons, this report reviews the applicability of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) to those situations. In particular, it considers whether the scope of the OPCAT should be expanded in New Zealand to include the monitoring of aged care facilities and disability residences, places in which residents often have physical and mental vulnerabilities.

Target Audience: Health care practitioners, carers, aged care providers, aged/disability care residential facilities


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Contributor: Dementia Resources Project - 04 May 2017, 4:21 PM

Title: Prevalence of key care indicators of pressure injuries, incontinence, malnutrition, and falls among older adults living in nursing homes in New Zealand

Source/Link: file:///C:/Users/emol572/Downloads/Carryer_et_al-2017-Research_in_Nursing__Health1.pdf


Pressure injuries, incontinence, malnutrition, and falls are important indicators of the quality of care in healthcare settings, particularly among older people, but there is limited information on their prevalence in New Zealand (NZ). The aim of this study was to establish the prevalence of these four problems among older people in nursing home facilities. The cross-sectional study was an analysis of data collected on a single day for the 2016 National Care Indicators Programme—New Zealand (NCIP-NZ). The sample included 276 people ages 65 and older who were residents in 13 nursing home facilities in a geographically diverse area of central NZ. Data were analyzed with descriptive statistics. Prevalence rates in these nursing home settings was pressure injuries 8%; urinary incontinence 57%; fecal incontinence 26%; malnutrition 20%, and falls 13%, of which half resulted in injuries. As people age, complex health issues can lead to increasing care dependency and more debilitating and costly health problems. Measuring the prevalence of basic care problems in NZ healthcare organizations and contributing to a NZ database can enable monitoring of the effectiveness of national and international guidelines. KEYWORDS falls, incontinence, malnutrition, pressure injury, prevalence, quality and saf


Professor Jenny Carryer, School of Nursing, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. Email:

Contributor: Dementia Resources Project - 16 Jan 2018, 3:31 PM