In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have brought forward our focus on resident deterioration as part of the quality improvement programme being delivered in partnership with the aged residential care sector. This work aligns with our infection prevention and control and advance care planning programmes.

We have developed guidance documents to provide practical assistance to aged residential care facilities. These resources should be read alongside other advice and guidance being provided by the Ministry of Health.

As we wanted to make these resources available as quickly as possible, the documents will contain a version number. This means we can update them if conditions change and circulate updates through our website.

We have developed Guidance for the prevention and control of COVID-19 outbreaks in aged residential care in New Zealand to provide practical tools and assistance for aged residential care providers. The document contains useful links and templates drawn from other published materials, sector contributions, international and national guidance from the Ministry of Health. We have also drawn from a range of decision-support tools contained in the recently released Frailty care guides | Ngā aratohu maimoa hauwarea.

If you have any queries please contact us at arc@hqsc.govt.nz.

Useful resources and links

Last updated 06/04/2020