Overall occupancy remains steady over the June and September 2015 quarters

By Alyson Kana, Senior Policy Analyst

Overall occupancy of aged residential care beds remained relatively steady over the last two quarters (Figure 1). Quarterly reporting data[1] showed overall occupancy for the June and September 2015 quarters was at 87.9% and 87.8% (respectively).

oo rescareFigure 1: Overall occupancy in the aged residential care sector by quarter since September 2013

Compared to the previous year, occupancy for the September 2015 quarter fell slightly by 0.4% (Figure 1). However, Figure 1 shows occupancy varied considerably over the quarters between September 2014 and September 2015 largely due to a significant drop in overall occupancy for the December 2014 quarter.

If ORA ARRC-certified[2] beds are excluded from the overall occupancy, the occupancy rate was 88.9% for the September 2015 quarter. This is a 0.7% decrease when compared to the previous quarter (June 2015) and a 1.1% decrease when compared to the same quarter in the previous year (September 2014) (Figure 2).

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

Regionally the Hawke’s Bay DHB region had the highest overall occupancy (92.5%) (Table 2). Lakes DHB region had the lowest overall occupancy at 76.6% (Table 2).

DHB

Dedicated rest home beds

Dedicated hospital beds

Dual service beds

ORA rest home only

ORA hospital only

ORA dual service beds

Dementia beds

Psycho geriatric beds

Overall occupancy

Overall occupancy excluding ORA beds and residents

Auckland DHB

87.1%

91.1%

89.1%

92.3%

-

84.3%

89.5%

92.3%

89.0%

89.1%

Bay of Plenty DHB

89.5%

93.1%

79.2%

82.5%

-

100.0%

97.2%

100.0%

88.3%

88.4%

Canterbury DHB

93.7%

93.2%

97.3%

75.2%

100.0%

32.7%

82.3%

96.5%

88.4%

92.2%

Capital and Coast DHB

89.1%

91.2%

86.9%

72.3%

-

93.3%

80.1%

77.9%

86.6%

87.9%

Counties Manukau DHB

91.8%

92.8%

90.3%

56.7%

-

83.3%

82.6%

59.5%

89.2%

90.2%

Hawke's Bay DHB

100.2%

87.4%

88.9%

67.3%

-

83.3%

91.7%

86.7%

92.5%

93.4%

Hutt Valley DHB

98.8%

93.6%

88.2%

67.5%

-

-

91.1%

91.5%

89.8%

90.6%

Lakes DHB

76.9%

86.2%

74.8%

52.4%

-

25.0%

85.9%

84.6%

76.6%

78.2%

MidCentral DHB

89.2%

94.7%

95.1%

83.9%

-

75.9%

82.4%

100.0%

90.2%

91.1%

Nelson Marlborough DHB

94.5%

83.0%

82.8%

50.3%

-

24.0%

78.7%

100.0%

81.5%

86.1%

Northland DHB

86.0%

93.1%

85.2%

100.0%

-

100.0%

83.3%

81.8%

87.6%

87.2%

South Canterbury DHB

86.6%

92.6%

89.8%

-

-

-

100.0%

100.0%

90.1%

90.1%

Southern DHB

92.6%

91.2%

83.4%

80.0%

-

-

87.8%

57.3%

88.4%

88.6%

Tairawhiti DHB

92.5%

86.9%

91.0%

100.0%

-

-

58.3%

-

83.8%

82.4%

Taranaki DHB

94.1%

89.6%

94.4%

69.6%

-

64.3%

88.7%

68.1%

90.1%

91.7%

Waikato DHB

89.2%

77.8%

89.4%

50.8%

-

-

85.6%

97.6%

85.4%

86.1%

Wairarapa DHB

85.0%

70.0%

84.8%

44.7%

-

66.7%

86.2%

-

79.3%

82.2%

Waitemata DHB

91.8%

90.2%

87.3%

71.7%

-

83.1%

93.3%

95.5%

89.9%

90.3%

West Coast DHB

79.4%

90.8%

76.3%

-

-

-

92.9%

-

83.0%

83.0%

Whanganui DHB

82.3%

81.5%

90.5%

81.3%

-

-

80.2%

80.0%

84.3%

84.4%

Nationally

90.7%

90.0%

87.8%

70.9%

100.0%

59.0%

86.0%

86.3%

87.8%

88.9%

Table 1: Occupancy by DHB region and bed/service type on 30 September 2015

Occupancy by bed/service type saw 90.7% of dedicated rest home bed occupied and 90.0% of dedicated hospital beds occupied. 87.8% of swing beds were occupied by residents receiving rest home and hospital level care. 86.0% of dementia beds were occupied as well as 86.3% of psychogeriatric beds.



[1] Source: DHB Shared Services quarterly reporting data, 30 September 2015.

[2] 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.