Hospital wait times will become unbearable.
Thousands of seniors will have nowhere to go.
Parents will parent their parents too.
Understaffed. Overworked. Then overseas.
Hospital wait times will become unbearable.
Thousands of seniors will have nowhere to go.

The Aged Care Crisis will affect us all.

For far too long, New Zealand has been underfunding the Aged Care sector. It’s now become unsustainable, with residential facilities closing down right around the country. Looking ahead to 2030 and beyond, Aged Care beds will become extremely limited. And while this will directly impact our older New Zealanders looking for care, it’ll also have a huge domino effect on everyone else. From burnt out healthcare workers, to families caring for Nan at home, to kiwis facing unbearable hospital wait times, the Aged Care Crisis will affect us all.

The facts.

Right now,
The sector
is short
Right now, The sector
is short
1200 Nurses.

As recently as last year, the sector was short over 1,200 aged care nurses. It also had a nurse vacancy rate of 20% and an annual turnover of 50%. When aged care facilities don’t have enough nurses, they’re left with two options. The first is for existing nurses to cover the extra hours. No one wants staff who are overworked, therefore the second option is often taken: closing beds.

By 2030
We'll need
more aged
care beds.
By 2030 we'll need
13200 More
aged care beds.

Over the next decade or so, we’ll have 84,000 more Kiwis aged 80+. The number of beds needed to meet that demand is around 54,000. Right now, we have 40,800. To grow by 13,200 in that time, we’ll need around 1,400 extra beds per year – which corresponds to 10 facilities. Under the current funding model, this simply will not happen. In fact, as of today, the supply of beds is declining, falling by 146 beds last year alone.

Care Bed:
$372 per day.
Hospital Bed:
$1700 per day.
Aged care bed: $372 per day.
Public hospital bed:
$1700 per day.

With so many aged care facilities closing down, many of our seniors will be forced into public hospitals. This makes no long-term financial sense. Studies show it costs the Government around $1,700 per day to care for someone in a hospital ward, while a break-even cost of a bed in aged care is just $372. At just 21.8% of the hospital rate, this represents a significant saving for the health sector and country as a whole.

60% of
aged care facilities
don't have
a retirement
60% of aged
care facilities
Don't have a retirement

When people hear the term aged care, many think of retirement villages. This inevitably leads to questions around why we need extra government funding. But it’s important to understand that while some of these villages do offer aged care and experience underfunding, they’re able to lean on profits from their villages to fund their Aged Care services. Unlike the 60% of facilities run by charities, trusts or private owners.


The stories.

Have you been affected?
Tell us how the Aged Care Crisis has impacted you.

What we need.

Ultimately, we need sustainable funding.
This year’s cash injection helped pay our nurses a fair wage, but we need a smarter long-term approach to cover the basic costs. Each year, the government calculates how much funding each aged care facility needs. Then they ignore it. This results in underfunding each year, which has compounded into the issue we face today. And it will only get worse. Sustainable funding will give us:

Enough beds
to meet the projected increase in older New Zealanders.
Quality staff
who stay in the sector due to good conditions and fair pay.
Equitable access
to aged care, no matter who you are or where you live.
A positive effect
on the public health system and country as a whole.

What New Zealand is saying.