News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Assessment tool enhances the aged care experience

Assessment tool enhances the aged care experience

4 March 2014

With the support of MidCentral District Health Board, aged residential care providers are rolling out a clinical comprehensive assessment tool (interRAI) as part of a nationwide move to improve the assessment experience for older people.

The computerised system helps to provide detailed statistical information about the needs of residents. This integrated, on-line approach to resident information means that decisions can be made quicker by all clinicians involved in a person’s care. Another benefit of the suite of assessment tools is that 80% of the items and information can be used in the next assessment tool, reducing the need for older people to be over-assessed as they progress their journey through the health system.

Lonsdale Total Care Centre in Foxton were recently celebrated by interRAI New Zealand for their part in rolling out the assessment tool. Mark Buckley, a former MidCentral Health employee is leading the clinical care at Lonsdale, as well as Foxton Beach’s Riverside Lodge rest home.

Mark said: “The web portal tool is great with its comprehensive gathering of resident information and care planning ability. Two other staff at Lonsdale are now training in its use, and all residents should be assessed using the new tool in the coming months.”

Senior Portfolio Manager for Health of Older People, Jo Smith spent 18 months supporting the interRAI project, both locally and regionally with its implementation. Ms Smith said the data opportunities these electronic clinical assessment tools can produce is significant.

“Never before have we had the knowledge around older people that we now have on our local communities. De-identified, aggregated data is proving useful in determining what sectors of our communities can be profiled for priority care and support options.”

DHBs have been encouraged to support the rollout and provide assistance where required. MDHB have two trained interRAI trainers who have been supporting the project over the past two years as the need has arisen.

The possible benefits also extend beyond aged care with a number of different tools in the suite of assessments. Interest has been expressed by palliative care staff to add the palliative care tool to the local mix.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Review: “Salute” By Royal New Zealand Ballet In Wellington

The Royal New Zealand Ballet performed “Salute” for a final time in Wellington on Sunday night, and it was nothing short of spectacular. More>>

ALSO:

NZ on Air: More Funding For TV Captions To Increase Access

More funding for TV captions to increase access NZ On Air has increased funding to provide more captions and audio description on television programmes for the hearing and sight impaired. More>>

Music: So Laid Back Country China Album Release

On Friday night, So Laid Back Country China held a gig at Meow for the release of their new album With Knees of Honey in Goodbye Canyon. I briefly spoke with Harriet lead vocals, keyboard) and Michael (lead vocals, guitar) before the gig More>>

Art: Wellington Region Celebrates Matariki

Eight Wellington museums and galleries have joined forces to present a major programme of exhibitions and events to celebrate Matariki 2015, the Māori New Year. The Wellington Matariki Festival will host more than 60 free events and activities between Saturday ... More>>

Wellington: TEDxWellingtonWomen Speakers Unveiled

The lineup is announced today for the highly anticipated upcoming event TEDxWellingtonWomen. Speakers include local women and men who have lived extraordinary lives and have ideas worth spreading. More>>


Books: Witi Ihimaera To Address ‘State Of NZ Literature’at Festival

6 May 2015 MEDIA RELEASE Witi Ihimaera to Address ‘State of NZ Literature’ at Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival The New Zealand Book Council has chosen the 2015 Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival as the stage for its annual address, which ... More>>

Culture: Historic Māori Portraits Travel To The Czech Republic

Image credit: Gottfried Lindauer, Wahanui Reihana Te Huatare, oil on canvas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915 More>>

Art: Something Felt, Something Shared - Enjoy

Gabrielle Amodeo, Ruby Joy Eade, Clare McLean, Kalya Ward Curated by Emma Ng May 7 – 30, 2015 Opening: Wednesday May 6, 5.30pm Strange frequencies are channelled through personal narratives and poetic placeholders in Something felt, something ... More>>

Culture: Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015

Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015 Images from New Zealand Defence Force Click for big version A bugler plays The Last Post Click for big version A View from the top of the Carillion Click for big version Faces old and young Click for big ... More>>

Television: MediaWorks Announces Dancing With The Stars Hosts

MediaWorks and BBC Worldwide ANZ are delighted to announce host Dominic Bowden alongside co-host Sharyn Casey for the hit series Dancing with the Stars. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news