Aged residential care occupancy for 31 December 2016 quarter
By John McDougall, Data Analyst, NZACA
The national occupancy figure for the quarter ending September 2016 is at 86.7% (Figure 1, red line). This is down from 88.0% in September, June, a fall of 1.3%. Underlying this shift in occupancy is a 0.8% increase in total beds from September to December and a 0.8% reduction in total residents.
Six new care facilities opened over the December quarter. These added a total of 502 beds to the supply. Such an addition has had a dampening effect on the overall occupancy rates; if these are set aside from the calculation, December occupancy of the previously existing supply is some 87.3%.
Figure 1 also shows occupancy excluding ORA ARRC-certified bed and residents (green line). This occupancy rate is 87.8% in December, down 1.2% from 89.0% in September.
The DHB with the highest occupancy in the December 2016 quarter was South Canterbury, at 94.0%, up 1.6% from September (Table 1 and Figure 2). Northland had second highest occupancy at 93.5%, up by 1.8% from September.
Figure 2 below shows that the region experiencing the largest lift in occupancy (all providers and bed types) from September to December is Tairawhiti, up 3.0% to 87.6%.
Table 2 shows the national occupancy difference per bed type in September and December 2016. Partially offsetting the decrease in occupancy in most bed types was an increase in ‘Other beds’ (i.e. respite and short-stay beds), up by 16.1%.
Table 3 shows the occupancy across all DHB regions per bed-service type at 31 December 2016.