Aged residential care occupancy for 30 June 2019 quarter

The national occupancy rate, as measured by data in the TAS Quarterly Bed Survey, at 30 June 2019 is 87.2% (Figure 1, blue line).  This represents a slight decline from the 87.7% of 31 March 2019.


The decline in occupancy was a result of an increase in bed supply rather than a reduction in residents.  Total ARC residents at 30 June 2019 were at 34,275, essentially static compared to the previous quarter (down by only 18 residents or 0.05%.   However, the bed supply increased by 201 (or 0.5%) over the quarter, to 39,299.  


Over the year to June 2019, the net growth in residents (314 or 0.9%) is less than the net growth in beds (559 or 1.1%); consequently, the occupancy rate slipped by 0.5% over the year (from 87.7% to 87.2%).


Figure 1 also shows the occupancy rate with ORA ARRC-certified bed and residents excluded (green line).  This is 89.5% in June 2019, slightly down from the 89.8% in March 2019.

The number of distinct care facilities recorded in the 30 June 2019 survey is 668, 1 up from the 31 March 2019 survey number of 667. 


23 August 19 Figure 1


The growth in bed and resident numbers since the survey began in 2013 is shown in Figure 2, and the occupancy rate is also shown. While there has been a clear trend upwards in both beds and residents, short term shifts in one or the other leads to fluctuations in the occupancy rate. The June 2019 occupancy rate, 87.2%, is slightly less than the 87.5% average quarterly occupancy figure since September 2013.


23 August 19 Figure 2


The DHB with the highest occupancy in the June 2019 quarter is West Coast, at 92.9% (Table 1).   Northland (92.8%), Hawke’s Bay (91.4%), Southern (90.2%), Capital and Coast (88.9%) and Hutt Valley (88.8%) also have relatively high occupancy. At the other extreme, Lakes is yet again the DHB region with lowest occupancy, at 77.1%, and occupancy in Nelson Marlborough is again second lowest at 79.2%.


23 Aug 19 Table 1


Figure 3 ranks the DHBs in descending order of their shift in occupancy between March 2019 and June 2019. The largest increase occurred in West Coast (up 2.7% to 92.9%). This is followed by a 1.6% increase in Tairawhiti (to 83.5%). In contrast, occupancy in Hawke’s Bay slipped by 2.5% (to 91.4%) and in Nelson Marlborough by 2.4% (to 79.2%).  


23 Aug 19 Fig 3


Table 2 shows the national occupancy difference by (non-ORA) bed type March 2019 and June 2019. Occupancy of dedicated rest home beds was near static at 90.0%. Occupancy of dedicated hospital beds slipped, by 1% to 89.6%, and occupancy of (non-ORA) dual service beds was also static, at 89.5%.


23 Aug 19 Table 2


Table 3 shows occupancy across all DHB regions by (non-ORA) bed-service type at 30 June 2019.


23 Aug 19 Table 3 v2


For further information please contact John McDougall, NZACA Data and Insight Specialist on 04 473 3159.