Residents of an shorthanded rest home
Residents of an shorthanded rest home nearby Christchurch
suffered from dehydration and weight loss, according to an
The Canterbury District Health Board took control of
Wiltshire rest home in Rangiora in July, appointing a
proxy manager, after residents and families complained.
The home provides caring for 80 aged residents. Its licence
was renewed by a Health Ministry in January, despite
concerns over a peculiarity of care.
The health board’s doctors assessed 57 residents final week.
Concerns enclosed dehydration, weight loss, infrequent
showering, bad verbal hygiene, bad nailcare and podiatry,
badly managed vigour injuries and bad wound care.
Some residents were pang from bed sores and there had
been an conflict of scabies this year.
The news suggested a home was shorthanded and
ill-equipped and remedy errors were frequent.
The board’s arch medical officer Nigel Millar pronounced staff
interviewed residents and their families after receiving 11
Health Ministry arch medical officer Don Mackie pronounced an
eccentric manager would sojourn during a home until a health
house was confident a issues had been resolved and the
peculiarity of caring improved.
Dr Mackie pronounced a looseness for a home was stay in place but
it would be theme to tighten monitoring and serve spot
“Operational acceptance is fortuitous on receiving an
review news that takes into criticism factors such as
“New Zealand has some-more than 670 rest homes national which
yield caring for people with a far-reaching operation of formidable health
“We do design issues to arise and a integrated audit
routine is in place to brand these and take appropriate
movement to safeguard a best caring for residents.”
The Health and Disability Commission has perceived six
complaints about he home.
Deputy Commissioner Theo Baker pronounced 3 were stream but
would not criticism on their nature.
She pronounced a elect had perceived 23 complaints about rest
homes given July.
In a past financial year a Health and Disability
Commissioner perceived 1564 complaints, 106 concerned rest
“The ones that means us a many regard are complaints where
there has been bad government of vigour wounds, nutrition,
hydration – mostly those things are linked.
“I would be demure to call that slight – infrequently it’s a
miss of expertise, or disaster to approve with a required
customary of care. For instance they competence be treating a
vigour wound though they indeed aren’t regulating a right
dressings and they substantially need to get softened imagination in.
“Neglect conjures adult people sitting around in rest homes with
no one perplexing to demeanour after them – what we confront is
people perplexing to yield good caring though infrequently not meeting
a suitable standard,” she said.
Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew pronounced a Government had
already tightened adult a approach rest homes and aged care
comforts were approved and monitored.
“The auditing routine is now integrated with district health
boards, audits are some-more visit when risks are identified
and we’ve introduced spot, unannounced audits.”
“I am heartened by a latest news from a Office of the
Auditor General that says a coherence and peculiarity of
rest home audits has improved.
“Work is underway to serve strengthen a peculiarity of care,
including extensive clinical assessments for each
resident,” pronounced Mrs Goodhew.
– By Kate Shuttleworth of APNZ