The first part
of independent research into what services supporting vulnerable people have
learned from the September and February earthquakes was announced yesterday.
District Health Board provided funding for Eldernet to commission Dr Sue
Carswell to conduct and compile the research.
people including, aged residential care providers, carer workers and other
stakeholders gathered to listen to Dr Carswell’s findings at a presentation held
The research highlights what worked well in terms of emergency
response to the earthquakes and the immediate and ongoing challenges facing Aged
Residential Care facilities and residents
says the next stage of the research will be talking to residents about what have been the most helpful things for them and to
see how other organisations, volunteers and suppliers assisted
the aged care sector.
Esther Perriam, Operations Manager of Eldernet and Care Publications,
says this work will help Canterbury providers as well as those outside
the region on how they could best prepare themselves should the same happen to
Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) executive director of Allied Health,
says some things were done remarkably well but there are other things the health
sector has learned to do better from this experience.
response was outstanding and the Canterbury Health System can be proud it has
become world leaders in emergency crisis management.”
Mitchell, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, community wellbeing manager says the research
shows the importance of a coordinated response and the assistance of others.
now is how we continue to keep community connections alive and well and build
confidence and resilience.”Dr Sue Carswell’s key findings:
lost their place to live
links (volunteers, suppliers, civil defence...) were essential to provide
solutions for all the difficulties that facilities and home helpers had to
preventive contingency plan needs to be in place for all
facilities to be self-sufficient for at least seven-10 days (loss of
power, water and communication systems were the bigger obstacles).
Essential to prevent
information loss too (medication, family contact details, patient
Staff put themselves after the residents -
they are the heroes in this story (together with volunteers)
Alliances between different suppliers proved
invaluable in case of evacuations and/or logistic support
aim of this report is to bring awareness and serve as a guide for all New
Zealand's facilities and professionals within the elderly sector, to be prepared
and self-sufficient in case of any earthquake striking.
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