Aged residential care occupancy for the 30 September 2017 quarter

The national occupancy figure at 30 September 2017 is 86.9% (Figure 1, red line).  This is similar to the 87.0% occupancy recorded in June.  There was little change in the number of residents (down 32 to 33,640 in September), and the bed supply was also essentially static (up 34 to 38,731).

The number of distinct care facilities recorded in the 30 September 2017 survey was at 668. The same as in the 30 June 2017 quarter.

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Figure 1 also shows the occupancy rate with ORA ARRC-certified bed and residents (green line) excluded.  This stands at 88.5% in September 2017, the same as in June.

The average occupancy rate for NZACA members in September is 87.7%, some 10.6% points higher than non-members occupancy of 77.1%. Compared to June, members’ occupancy rose 0.4% points but non-members occupancy fell 6.8% points.

The DHB with the highest occupancy in the September 2017 quarter was South Canterbury, at 92.6%, up 0.3% from September (Table 1 and Figure 2).  Hutt Valley DHB had the second highest occupancy in September at 90.9%.  

Table 1 Sept occ 2nd attempt

Figure 2 ranks the DHBs in descending order of their shift in occupancy between June and September 2017.  The largest shift in occupancy occurred in Hutt Valley (up 4.9% to 90.9%). This is followed by a 2.8% increase (to 88.4%) in Tairawhiti and a 2.3% increase (to 87.6%) in Canterbury. 

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Table 2 shows the national occupancy difference by (non-ORA) bed type in June 2017 and September 2017.  Occupancy of dedicated rest home beds slid by 0.5% to 89.5%.  Occupancy of dedicated hospital beds is unchanged at 89.4%, and occupancy of dual service beds increased by 0.4% to 88.3%.

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Table 3 shows occupancy across all DHB regions by (non-ORA) bed-service type at 30 September 2017.

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