Churchill Report Highlights New Zealand and Japanese Institutional Care Models.
When it comes to developing different models for long-term institutional care for older people, New Zealand has some insights and expertise worthy of consideration. Case in point is a report developed by Rebecca Jarvis, Director of Operations at the Health Innovation Network (HIN), the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for South London.
As a firm believer of ‘pinching with pride’ and not reinventing the wheel, Rebecca Jarvis received a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship in 2019 to research alternatives to institutional care for older people in Japan and New Zealand, and to bring back that learning to the United Kingdom. The two countries selected for investigation provided comparisons and contrasts with offerings in her home country.
Her view is that that her country is lagging behind other countries in the development of alternative models of ‘housing with care’, with a shortage of privately developed specialist homes in the middle market.
Time was spent with staff and residents at The Ivan Ward Centre at Selwyn Village. Rebecca was particularly interested in:
- How the facilities are funded and how affordable are they?
- To what extent the facilities are truly alternatives to residential care, for example, are they able to meet the needs of people with dementia?
A further objective was to hear from residents and older people themselves about their experiences of how they decided to move to these facilities and their experiences of living there.
During her number of themes emerged:
- Social interaction – opportunities for residents to interact with others to avoid loneliness and isolation.
- Connecting with the wider community – encouraging integration with the wider population by providing legitimate reasons for non-residents to visit and use the facilities.
- Safety net – delivering the right level of support on a flexible basis, when people need it.
- Scale – small-scale facilities which enabled person-centred care and maximised independence.
- Planning ahead – making the move now to prepare for the future.