• There are around 666 aged residential care homes spread throughout New Zealand. District Health Boards manage eight of these care homes.
  • 61% of homes are privately owned, 20% owned by a charitable/religious/welfare organisation, 19% publicly listed and 1% have ‘other types of ownership.
  • The number of people requiring residential care is steadily increasing and will continue to do so. The number of beds required for residential care is forecasted to increase from the current 37,030 to 38,000 by 2016 and up to 52,000 by 2026.
  • The average aged residential care home has 57 beds.
  • The average age of someone entering an aged residential care home is about 84. Ten years ago the average aged was around 75.
  • There are 30,000 caregivers and 5,000 nurses working in aged residential care homes.
  • Currently caregivers working in aged residential care homes are paid $2 less per hour than those working in DHB facilities ($15.30 vs $17.50).


Sources: 2014 Member Profiling Survey: New Zealand Aged Care Association; Aged Residential Care Service Review, Sept 2010, Grant Thornton; Caregiver wage increase media release/NZACA 28 August 2015. NZACA 2014 Election Manifesto.