Visitors to nursing homes are suffering the worst decline in visitor numbers since 2007, with visitor numbers down by up to 25% at three of the country’s three major nursing homes.
The figures for the three nursing homes come as more than 100 nursing home visitors were killed in a landslide in the southern Otago region last week.
In March, there were more than 2,300 nursing home visits in the New Zealand system, up from 1,600 in 2007.
That’s up from just over 1,000 in 2007 and just under 1,500 in 2000.
The nursing home industry is facing its biggest drop in visitor figures since 2007.
“We are seeing a reduction in visitors from nursing homes and that’s a big problem,” says Linda Kowalski, managing director of New Zealand Hospital Group.
We have had an increase in the number of visitors, but there are many more visitors coming from elsewhere in the country.
The decline in visits to nursing home facilities is the latest in a string of measures announced by the Ministry of Health.
It says the number and type of visits has been cut by almost 20% and visitor numbers have fallen by 50%.
The ministry has been working with the industry to find ways to better meet the needs of nursing homes in a changing environment.
The latest measures include an overhaul of visitor information services, which it says will give patients more choice and better information about their care.
But there are also measures being introduced to make nursing homes more comfortable and appealing.
There’s also a new visitor experience for people visiting nursing homes, which includes a new system for visitors to make personal contact with the staff, including a new “visit with your team” page.
The ministry is also looking at ways to ensure visitors are better informed about the care they are receiving, with more information about the health of the residents.
New Zealand Hospital group has been involved in many of the nursing home sector’s reform efforts.
Its services include the CareLink system, which offers information on medical, nursing and dental services, to the general public.
The agency has a $1 billion operating profit this financial year.