Data from interRAI assessments helps our health, disability and aged care sectors plan, allocate resources and monitor effectiveness of care services based on need. You can’t do good planning unless you know the needs of the community.
Across New Zealand we have very competent teams of health professionals who assess the needs of older people, and how they can be supported to meet those needs. This creates a very rich source of aggregated, anonymous and secure information.
During 2018/19 some 127,000 interRAI assessments were completed, including 36,000 assessments for people living at home; 73,000 assessments for people living in aged residential care facilities, and another18,000 initial contact assessments.
interRAI data allows us to see trends clearly. For example, feeling lonely is clearly linked to depression. People with poor oral health have a higher risk of suffering from poor general health.
interRAI New Zealand analysis of data highlights some key findings about older people living in aged residential care.
Of those people assessed:
· Most older people (92 percent) in care have strong supportive relationships with their family
· Most (76 percent) people in residential care facilities find meaning in their daily life
· Most (71 percent) have a consistent positive outlook
· Most (71 percent) spend some or most of their time involved in activities
· People living in the 667 aged residential care facilities across the country are on average 85 years old – about half of them (49%) have some form of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.
· Nearly three quarters (73 percent) aged care residents use a walking stick, walking frame, wheelchair or scooter to get around. And 44 percent of people found it difficult to make decisions, such as what to wear.
Download the latest Annual Report 2018/19 here.