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The Residential Aged Care Integration Programme Resources

A collaborative workgroup (managers, clinical coordinators and senior nurses from Waitemata DHB and aged care facilities) has developed several resources for staff in residential aged care.


Care Giver GuideCaregiver Guides for Residential Aged Care

 A set of six A3 posters that prompt caregivers to observe for early warning signs of deterioration and report this to the registered nurse. They are available electronically here and also in hard copy from the New Zealand Nurses Organisation.



Medicines Care GuideMedicines Care Guides for Residential Aged Care

Provides evidence based guidance on medication administration and management. This resource was developed in partnership with the University of Auckland and the Ministry of Health. They are available here in electronic form.


Advanced Lung Disease and Advanced Heart Failure

These two booklets (Advanced Lung Disease and Advanced Heart Failure) are written for people with advanced lung disease or advanced heart failure living in residential aged care and also for their family/whānau and friends. They provide information about what to expect so that preferences for care can be thought about and planned for.

What to expect when someone is dying – Residental Age Care

This resource is for the families of residents who are dying. It helps to prepare them for the active dying phase of life.


Dementia Decision MakingDementia Decision-Making Journey - pamphlet 

A pamphlet resource for staff to use with the families of people living with advanced dementia in residential aged care. It assists family members to understand that dementia is a progressive, degenerative disease and that Advance Care Planning enables the values and preferences of the person with dementia to be taken into consideration when making decisions about care options.

Dementia Decision MakingDementia Decision-Making Journey - booklet

This booklet builds on the pamphlet and is for families of people living in residential aged care who have advanced and end stage dementia. It provides families with information they can take away and think about. It gives them the opportunity to understand what end stage dementia looks like so that they can be supported develop Advance Care Plans that guides care for the person with dementia in a way that respects their individual preferences and beliefs.

The following resource, although not written for residential aged care, provides useful information to support residents and their family/whanau.

DeliriumDelirium (acute confusion) Information for patients, family and friends

Delirium can be alarming for the person with delirium and their family/whanau. This booklet helps people to understand the condition and what staff and family can do that is helpful. It was primarily written for people in acute care but most of the information is relevant for aged residential care as well.

This booklet is also available in Korean, traditional Chinese and simple Chinese.

We welcome all interested parties within the WDHB area to actively participate in the Residential Aged Care Integration Programme. It has significantly improved the integration of care for older adults in the Residential Aged Care facilities in our community. For more information please contact us by email.

History of the Residential Aged Care Integration Programme

The initial implementation was staged with half the facilities enrolled over 2007/2008 and the remainder enrolled March 2009. The initial programme development and implementation was led by Dr Michal Boyd, Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Leader in Community Services for Older Adults, who also holds an academic position with the University of Auckland. The results of the randomised experimental/controlled evaluation showed that adults in the control group were twice as likely to have an acute admission compared with those in the intervention group.