Kapiti Retirement Trust Reaches final for world award
The Kapiti Retirement Trust in Paraparaumu has reached the finals for ‘Facility of the Year, Aging-in-Place’ category in the Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards.
Other finalists in this category are from Japan, Australia and Singapore — making a total of 15 including NZ.
1st awards of their kind
The first of their kind in the Asia-Pacific region, the Asia Pacific Eldercare Awards aim to recognise the best in innovative health and elderly care.
Ms Janice Chia, Founder and Managing Director of Ageing Asia, the organiser of the annual awards, says: “We hope to share and showcase successful health and elderly-care models and initiatives.”
She says these would in turn stimulate innovation to enhance the lives of the growing ageing population in the Asian Pacific area.
The finalists will be reviewed by industry experts from Asia-Pacific and the United Kingdom.
They include John Collyns, executive director of the NZ Retirement Villages Association.
Winners will be announced on 26 April at an award dinner held with the eighth International Ageing Asia Innovation Forum in Singapore.
Respite care gets Trust into finals
Kapiti Retirement Trust is a finalist because of the respite care it offers in the Matai Wing at Sevenoaks, one of the Trust’s
facilities in Paraparaumu.
Matai provides short-term care to older people throughout the Wellington region who have complex health issues but are being cared for at home.
The Trust holds the Capital and Coast DHB contract for all its respite beds in the region. Those with respite needs can be allocated up to 28 days of respite each year.
Unique to the Matai Wing is the ability to be able to book a care room up to six months in advance, in an environment more like a hotel than an aged care facility.
This means carers can plan breaks; take holidays, travel overseas, even go on a cruise. They return refreshed, while guests in Matai enjoy their break.
Individual activity programmes
As well as providing clinically-trained staff to manage the complex health needs of guests, the team at the Trust develop an activities programme for each guest focused on existing interests and developing new ones.
This ensures that guest’s feel engaged and suitably involved during their stay in Matai.
The Trust’s CEO, Wendy Huston, says, “Not only does reaching the finals in this event validate the decision of the Trust’s Board of Trustees to develope the Matai Wing, it also acknowledges the outstanding care our team provide.
“It demonstrates New Zealand can lead the world in providing innovative ways in which older people can age well, with dignity and choice.”