Restorative Care guides for consumers and health professionals
The Health of Older People Service Level Alliance (HOPSLA) has developed restorative care guides to support older people to be independent, care for themselves and interact with their community, family and whānau for as long as possible.
Over the next 20 years, there is expected to be a marked increase in the population of people aged over 65 across all regions of New Zealand. In the South Island, projections are that the number of people aged over 85 years is expected to more than double – from 21,000 in 2011 to 42,800 in 2031.
To support this growth, HOPSLA recommends health care providers across the South Island adopt a restorative care approach in the services they provide to older people in their communities.
Following consumer and sector feedback, two versions of a restorative care guide were developed: a guide for consumers and a guide for health professionals. The guides outline what restorative care is, what it means for individuals and how it can be integrated into health services.
Health of Older People Service Level Alliance Chair Val Fletcher says restorative care also supports older people to improve their overall wellbeing and participate in decisions about their healthcare and welfare. “Working together, we can ensure all older South Island residents receive timely, high quality health care that supports them to maintain good health and independence for longer.”
Consumer guide: www.sialliance.health.nz/restorativeconsumer
Health professional guide: www.sialliance.health.nz/restorativeprofessional