17 Nov 2021 | Aged Residential Care
In order to better understand, raise awareness of and start discussion about the quality of care for Māori in aged residential care (ARC) the Health Quality & Safety Commission (the Commission) commissioned a report: Older Māori and aged residential care in Aotearoa: Report prepared for Health Quality & Safety Commission New Zealand. A copy can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.
The report was developed by Joanna Hikaka and Ngaire Kerse, who are to be congratulated for delivering this powerful report, in a short period of time.
The report presents information gathered from published literature, supported by thoughts from Māori and non-Māori who work and research in the ARC sector. The report combines professional experience with personal whānau experiences of Māori realities of ageing and ARC.
The authors have made some key recommendations for ARC. However, their recommendations are relevant well beyond ARC, and can equally apply to all health services.
The Commission encourages a focus on the following recommendations, which we have drawn from the report, not only for ARC, but right across our health system.
We have useful resources for kaumātua and whānau thinking about their future needs and care. Advance care planning tools and resources in English and te reo Māori can be found here.