Wellington nursing homes have been flooded with new residents and are struggling to find beds.
It is the latest in a string of nursing homes across New Zealand that have seen their population rise over the past few years.
Nursing homes have already seen a surge in the past couple of years, with new arrivals from Asia, Africa and South America.
One of the most recent nursing homes that have been hit by the flood are the Wellesley in Wellington, where some of the population has been moved from one unit to another.
“We’re expecting a lot of people,” said a senior manager at Wellesley, who asked not to be named.
The population in the area has risen by nearly 70 per cent since 2000, but the management has been struggling to get more space to house the new arrivals.
There are only eight beds in the existing unit.
They’re very small, and they’ve got a lot to do.
They’re getting busy, they’re having a lot going on, and we need to have the space available for them.
That is why we’ve been trying to find new accommodation, which is quite a big challenge, said the manager.
Wellesley is one of the largest of the two nursing homes, with about 1,000 residents.
Since 2000, the area around the nursing home has seen a significant rise in the number of nursing home residents, and is now home to nearly 2,000.
But it’s not just the residents that are struggling.
Some nursing home owners have said they are having trouble finding space for their nursing home patients.
For example, a local resident, who did not want to be identified, said it was a real challenge finding space to sleep in her nursing home.
A resident at Montefiore said it had been “tough to find space”.
“They’ve been very busy, we’ve had to make a lot, and it’s very expensive to find the right place,” the resident said.
She said they had to turn away people who wanted to stay in their nursing homes.
And it’s been a difficult situation.
“We’ve had people coming in and asking for help,” she said.
“They’re having to move.
The local resident said she was also worried about the number and severity of the flood, and the impact it would have on the community. “
It’s a real hardship.”
The local resident said she was also worried about the number and severity of the flood, and the impact it would have on the community.
Montefior, a nursing home in Christchurch, is also struggling to cope with the increase in population.
Its chief executive, Dr Sarah Gannon, said she would have to see where she could get more room.
Ms Gannon said it would be difficult for the nursing homes to provide the kind of accommodation that would meet the needs of their patients.
“We have had to increase beds and we have to do that in a cost-effective way, so we’re looking at how we can manage that,” she told Radio New Zealand.
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Dr Gannon told Radio NZ that while it was too early to know how the floods might affect the nursing facilities, the nursing community was feeling the impact.
While many nursing homes were providing beds, some were not.
We’re making the wrong decision.
In Wellington, for example, some residents are staying at home.
But it’s a long way from being safe for people to be in their homes, said Dr Gannon.
Another nursing home is in danger of shutting down completely.
Many of the residents who have had a difficult time finding space have now moved to other nursing homes or to a new home, or are in need of additional help.
If you are thinking of leaving your home, contact your local council and let them know how you’re feeling. Newshub.