Aged residential care occupancy for the 31 December 2015 quarter

By Alyson Kana, Senior Policy Analyst, NZACA

For the third consecutive quarter national occupancy rates have remained steady. Since the June 15 quarter, overall occupancy rates have remained steady around 87.9% (Figure 1). This follows a significant period of change since September 2013 (Figure 1).

Overall occupancy Dec 15Figure 1: Overall occupancy in the aged residential care sector by quarter since September 2013

Compared to the previous year, occupancy for the December 2015 quarter rose significantly by 2% (Figure 1).

Similarly, if ORA ARRC-certified beds[1] were excluded from overall occupancy there was little change in overall occupancy for the December 2015 quarter compared to the September quarter (Figure 2). Compared to the previous year (December 2014), overall occupancy remained the same (Figure 2).

Overall occupancy Dec 15 fig2

Figure 2: Overall occupancy with and without ORA ARRC-certified beds and residents

Table 1 illustrates the overall occupancy for each DHB region as at 31 December 2015. West Coast DHB region had the highest occupancy (95.1%) compared to Lakes DHB region which had the lowest occupancy (78.7%).

DHB

Overall occupancy

Difference

Sept-15

Dec-15

West Coast DHB

83.0%

95.1%

12.1%

Tairawhiti DHB

83.8%

87.5%

3.8%

Lakes DHB

76.6%

78.7%

2.1%

South Canterbury DHB

90.1%

91.9%

1.8%

Wairarapa DHB

79.3%

80.9%

1.6%

Waitemata DHB

89.9%

91.4%

1.5%

Capital and Coast DHB

86.6%

88.0%

1.5%

Canterbury DHB

88.4%

89.6%

1.3%

Hutt Valley DHB

89.8%

90.2%

0.4%

Nationally

87.8%

87.9%

0.1%

Waikato DHB

85.4%

85.5%

0.1%

Bay of Plenty DHB

88.3%

88.4%

0.1%

Counties Manukau DHB

89.2%

89.0%

-0.2%

Whanganui DHB

84.3%

84.1%

-0.2%

Southern DHB

88.4%

88.1%

-0.2%

Nelson Marlborough DHB

81.5%

80.9%

-0.6%

Hawke's Bay DHB

92.5%

91.9%

-0.6%

Auckland DHB

89.0%

88.3%

-0.7%

Northland DHB

87.6%

86.5%

-1.1%

MidCentral DHB

90.2%

87.7%

-2.5%

Taranaki DHB

90.1%

85.0%

-5.1%

Table 1: Overall occupancy by DHB region

West Coast DHB region also experienced the greatest occupancy increase between the September 2015 and December 2015 quarters (12.1%) (Table 1). Taranaki DHB region had the greatest decrease in occupancy over the same period (5.1%) (Table 1).

Occupancy by bed type shows dedicated rest home beds had the highest occupancy. That is, 90.0% of 12,423 dedicated rest home beds were occupied. 89.8% of dedicated hospital beds were occupied, along with 88.8% of swing/dual service beds, 87.6% of dementia beds and 87.8% of psychogeriatric beds.

 Table 2 illustrates the breakdown of occupancy across the different DHB regions by service/bed type.

DHB

Dedicated rest home beds

Dedicated hospital beds

Dual service beds

Dementia beds

Psycho geriatric beds

Dedicated YPD beds

Other beds

Auckland DHB

87.0%

89.4%

88.3%

86.4%

79.5%

75.9%

100.0%

Bay of Plenty DHB

88.8%

89.8%

85.6%

92.5%

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

Canterbury DHB

92.3%

98.1%

96.9%

88.4%

94.8%

-

-

Capital and Coast DHB

89.0%

89.9%

89.3%

86.8%

78.9%

-

-

Counties Manukau DHB

91.0%

86.8%

95.5%

90.8%

73.0%

100.0%

69.0%

Hawke's Bay DHB

96.8%

88.4%

87.8%

93.0%

97.6%

-

100.0%

Hutt Valley DHB

99.2%

89.7%

89.0%

98.4%

89.4%

-

71.4%

Lakes DHB

75.1%

81.5%

82.2%

95.7%

92.9%

-

-

MidCentral DHB

94.6%

92.5%

87.3%

78.1%

87.5%

-

100.0%

Nelson Marlborough DHB

89.5%

78.8%

80.5%

88.5%

100.0%

-

75.0%

Northland DHB

82.2%

99.2%

72.9%

81.1%

95.5%

-

71.4%

South Canterbury DHB

88.0%

91.9%

98.2%

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

0.0%

Southern DHB

90.4%

94.3%

83.8%

82.1%

61.5%

-

0.0%

Tairawhiti DHB

90.4%

84.4%

95.3%

66.7%

-

-

-

Taranaki DHB

89.9%

82.8%

79.8%

89.5%

71.2%

100.0%

-

Waikato DHB

90.9%

80.6%

90.2%

85.5%

97.6%

100.0%

100.0%

Wairarapa DHB

83.3%

72.7%

95.0%

87.9%

-

0.0%

-

Waitemata DHB

91.7%

89.7%

91.9%

95.2%

97.1%

-

0.0%

West Coast DHB

84.3%

115.1%

68.8%

100.0%

-

-

100.0%

Whanganui DHB

88.2%

71.9%

89.2%

77.5%

100.0%

-

81.8%

Nationally

90.0%

89.8%

88.8%

87.6%

87.8%

81.3%

66.4%

Table 2: Occupancy by DHB region and bed/service type on 31 December 2015

 


[1] ORA ARRC-certified beds are rooms that are sold to residents under an occupancy rights agreement (ORA) that are also certified under the Age Related Residential Care (ARRC) Services Agreement to supply services to the resident in that room if and when they require this type of care.