Story: Care and carers

Homes for older people: 1970s rest home (2nd of 3)

Homes for older people: 1970s rest home

Residents sit in the lounge of a Wellington rest home in the 1970s. By this time, as the photo suggests, there were greater numbers of women than men in older age groups, and New Zealand had one of the highest rates of rest-home residency in the Western world.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1970/5470

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Care and carers - Care of elderly people', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 August 2022)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 11 May 2018