Thoughts from Our CEO.

Skills shortage threatens aged care at precisely the wrong moment.

Recent media coverage about staffing shortages threatening the operation and viability of one of our district’s much-loved and respected aged care providers, Kaitaia’s Claude Switzer Home, was right on the mark.

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Silver tsunami offers the Far North a golden opportunity

Globally, demand for aged care and retirement accommodation is sky-rocketing. Our own District Council’s demographic statistics say there will be a 52 percent growth in over-65s living in the Far North in the next 10 years, with a quadrupling of those over 85 in the next 20 years.

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Village electric vehicle scheme takes to the road

On the 11th of August we launched our electric vehicle car-pooling initiative for residents. The $134,500 scheme is believed to be the first of its type for the New Zealand aged care sector and has been jointlyfunded by the Village and a grant from the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, administered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

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Leading the way in local electric vehicle adoption

Back in January we unveiled plans to create Kerikeri’s first fleet of electric vehicles (EVs). Now, in what we believe is a first for the aged care sector in New Zealand, these plans have come to fruition. I’m delighted to let you know that KEVNS, or the Kerikeri Electric Vehicle Network for Seniors, is a happening thing.

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Our Village facilities are available to the community

We are always keen to encourage community involvement in life at Kerikeri Retirement Village and one of the ways we do this is to make some of our facilities available to the communit, such as our Chapel, Social Centre and Meeting Rooms

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Rave reviews for ‘Crumbs!’ set the stage for more movie making

We knew it was good; we just weren’t prepared for the degree of merriment and mirth caused by our video about a sneaky cake-napper stealing food from our kitchen at Kerikeri Retirement Village.

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Advance Care Planning will speak for you when you can’t

I lost my father recently and it brought home to me the vital importance of putting arrangements in place that will ease the bereavement process for friends and loved ones. My father hadn’t, and it made his final days and his eventual passing so much tougher than it should have been.

 

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Local carers & health professionals help to keep our elderly mobile

After surviving a stroke last year, Bev Douglas was told that she would never walk again. But after a little TLC in our hospital wing, some personal physiotherapy, unstinting encouragement from husband Bob and sheer determination on her own part, Bev is now mobile again.

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Dedicated locals still set the agenda for Kerikeri Retirement Village

Ever wondered who owns Kerikeri Retirement Village, how it’s run and how decisions are made? Many people aren’t aware of the close ties that have existed for decades between the Village and the Kerikeri community.

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Augmented Intelligence now a reality in aged care

Augmented Intelligence (AI) is enhancing the lives of the elderly through technology and enabling them to maintain their independence for longer.

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Invite to hear our monthly speaker

We invite you and your friends to join us in the Social Centre to hear our monthly speakers. It's entertaining,enlightening, free and open to anyone who'd like to come

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A busy August

I hope you’ve all been enjoying the almost spring-like days we’ve had through the month. Leanna and the gardening team have been flat out getting ready for the new season.

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Keeping in touch

As some of you may recall, we thought it might be a good idea if I sent a short missive round to everyone in the Village on a monthly basis as a way of staying connected and keeping everyone up to date. So here we go with number one.

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A robot named Robyn

Residents at Kerikeri Retirement Village are less exposed to human error now that Robyn’s packaging their meds. Robyn’s a robot and she just doesn’t mess up. She can’t.

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Stopping the round of ‘musical beds’ in aged care

Anyone who’s moved a loved one from independent living into a rest home, and then into total care, will understand the trauma of shifting that person’s life from place to place.

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Official audits open rest homes to scrutiny

There was some quiet celebration at Kerikeri Retirement Village earlier this month. Our Ministry of Health Rest Home Certification has been extended for a further four years following an outstanding audit with no corrective actions required.

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Retirement trends drive change

Here’s a startling fact. Far North District Council demographic statistics tell us that within 20 years the number of people living in Kerikeri aged 80-plus will have quadrupled.

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