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St Albans Retirement Village
Care Apartments
41 Caledonian Road
Saint Albans
Christchurch 8014
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Symone Bruhns - 021 484 535
Arvida Group Limited
Clinical Manager
Penny Louisson
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St Albans' Retirement Village is a friendly inclusive village, located close to the central city. We have sunny, spacious, refurbished studios and apartments with indoor and outdoor living. Our lovely established manicured gardens and outdoor areas make for a peaceful and tranquil setting all round. We can provide independent living, respite, rest home and hospital care, in a warm, friendly and professional environment.The new cafe on site which is as well as open to the public, enjoyed by residents, family and friends. Monday to Friday 9:00-2.30 pm excluding public holidays.

Our serviced studios and apartments are designed so you can have tailored care to support your independence and freedom. The personalised care packages available, are from independence to rest home level care, allowing you to stay in your own apartment and studio as your needs change the care services can increase. We do offer continuum of care including hospital level care.

Our vision is to improve the lives and well being of our residents by the attitude of living well. We challenge ourselves to make our residents’ lives better with everything we do.

We have lovely apartments' and studios' available, now! Please call to view, call Symone phone 021 484 535
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 28 Mar 2019
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care53
Vacancy Yes
Impending vacancy Yes
Additional Room CostsSome Rooms
MOH Certification and Audit Report View MOH certification and audit report (opens in a new tab)
Updated: 19 Aug 2019
Composition of Village
Composition of Village
Type Details
Serviced Studio Apartments (Studio Unit etc.)
Low Price$225000.00
High Price$245000.00
Tenure TermsOccupation Right Agreement (ORA)
Service Charge DetailsExtra services are available and charged as required
Nursing Care DetailsNursing care available when required, and will be charged for.
Serviced One Bedroom Apartments (1 Bedroom)
Low Price$330000.00
High Price$350000.00
Tenure TermsOccupation Right Agreement (ORA)
Service Charge DetailsExtra services are available and charged as required
Nursing Care DetailsNursing care is available when required and will be charged for
Serviced Two Bedroom Apartments (2 Bedrooms)
Low Price$425000.00
High Price$445000.00
Tenure TermsOccupation Right Agreement (ORA)
Service Charge DetailsAdditional services are available and charged as required
Nursing Care DetailsNursing care is available when required and will be charged for
Updated: 28 Mar 2019
Agent's Details
Agent's Details
Name Symone Bruhns
Address 41 Caledonian Road St Albans
City/Town Christchurch
Company St Albans Retirement Village
Phone 03-366-1824
Fax 03-366-1821
Email View Email Address
Updated: 19 Feb 2019
Statutory Supervisor's Details
Statutory Supervisor's Details
Name Jerry Ford
City/Town Christchurch
Company Covenant Trustees
Updated: 28 Mar 2019
Solicitor's Details
Solicitor's Details
City/Town Christchurch
Company Anthony Harper - Lawyers
Updated: 28 Mar 2019
Subsidy Details
Subsidy Details
Residents may qualify for a Residential Care Subsidy in their own Serviced (Studio or One Bedroom) Apartment. Residents can live independently or receive full Rest Home care in their own Serviced Apartment.
Updated: 28 Mar 2019
TypeHours Per WeekStatusDetails
Registered Nurse Yes Registered Nurse on site 24 hours per day, seven days per week
Enrolled Nurse Yes
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers Yes
Physiotherapist Yes On The Go Physio visits regularly
Activities Co-ordinator Yes Our Wellness Co-ordinator offers a varied monthly programme of outings, games, craft, visiting entertainers and other events
Hairdresser Yes Our hairdresser Sue is available in our inhouse salon on Thursdays and Fridays
Podiatrist Yes Nadine from Riccarton Podiatry spends one day every six weeks on site.
Dietitian Yes Arvida's national dietitian oversees the food and nutrition programme, and individual plan
Accredited Visitors Negotiable
Kaumatua Negotiable
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes We enjoy a close relationship with Sisters from The Little Company of Mary who also happen to be our neighbours
Other Personnel Negotiable
Updated: 28 Mar 2019
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of ExpertiseStatusDetails
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes We offer end of life care in our small hospital wing
Wound Care Yes Our nurses are fully trained in woundcare
Diabetic Care Yes Our nurses are fully trained in care of diabetic patients
Continence Advice Yes Our care staff are fully trained to support our residents with their continence requirements
Infection Control Yes All staff training on Infection Control is regularly reviewed and updated
Clinical Management Yes Fulltime Clinical Manager who is also a registered nurse
Updated: 28 Mar 2019
May Bring Own Furniture Yes You're most welcome to personalise your new home with furniture and personal items
Single Rooms Yes
Rooms suitable for a couple Yes
Ensuite Yes All ensuites are being fully refurbished during our earthquake repairs prgramme which began six months ago
Alcohol Permitted Yes
Pets In Residence No Pets may be able to reside with you in your new home, we do have a pet policy. Our village pets include cats called Sooty and Smokey Joe and we also have gold fish.
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes We can consider individual requests. Please feel free to ask.
Phone Access In Own Room Yes New residents will need to organise their telephone connection. Many people are able to keep their original telephone number.
Wifi Yes
Resident can adjust heating in own room No Our village has underfloor central heating and we are happy to adjust the heating to your personal requirements
Lounges/seating areas Yes We have three lounges as well as an atrium and several other smaller seating areas
Gay / LGBT IQ Friendly Yes
Provide End of Life/Palliative Care Yes We can offer end of life care to new residents
Day Programme for day stay clients Yes We can offer daycare (meals and activities)
Outings Yes We offer regular outings to malls, cafes and places of interest
Maori Kaupapa No We are happy to put our residents in touch with the local marae if requested. Rehua Marae on Springfield Rd is the nearest marae
Residents Committee Yes Residents meetings are held every two months with the village manager, and residents are welcome to tell our wellness co-ordinators about items they would like added to the agenda.
Newsletter Yes A residents' newsletter is produced bi monthly and is emailed to family and friends.
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Rural Setting No We are a small central city retirement village on a quiet street
Smoking Permitted No Smoking is discouraged, however there are designated smoking areas available
Semi-Secure No Our Village is open, except after hours when the access is limited
Updated: 28 Mar 2019
Facility Features
Facility Features
Social/Recreational Programme Yes Our wellness co-ordinator offers a varied and busy monthly calendar of events. Including outings, indoor bowls, housie, craft, guest speakers, entertainment, exercise classes, cooking and baking, theme events.
Community Complex Yes
24 Hour Security Yes Staff are onsite 24 hours per day
Emergency Call System Yes All rooms are fitted with emergency bell call system
Newsletter Yes We produce a bi monthly residents' newsletter which is emailed to family and friends.
Pets In Residence Yes We have a lovely village cat called Sooty
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes Please talk to our manager if you have a request.
Outings Yes Regular outings to cafes, malls and places of interest.
Transport Available Yes Our Village has a 12 seater bus.
Restaurant Yes We currently have two dining rooms our residents can dine in. We have a new café, offering indoor/outdoor outlook. Enjoy your time with family and friends here.
Gay / LGBT IQ Friendly Yes
Craft Room No We do not have a purpose built craft room but we do run an active craft programme in our lounge
Library Yes We have regular deliveries from the Christchurch Public Library
Games Room No Our games are all run in the lounge
Chapel No We have a monthly church services which is held in our lounge.
Lounges Yes
Gardens Yes Our Village has award winning landscaped gardens, beautiful settings and outlooks, around the village.
Updated: 28 Mar 2019
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Our Wellness Co-ordinator Lee co-ordinates a varied monthly calendar of activities e.g. art & crafts, board games, Church service, cooking & baking, dancing, entertainment, exercises, flower arranging, games, gardening, happy hour, housie, theme events, piano, quizzes, reading, guest speakers, shopping, sing-a-longs, Sky TV, men's group, indoor games e.g. bowls & golf, jigsaw puzzles, library, movies in house and out, music, newspaper readings, further outings e.g. lunches, afternoon teas, exhibitions, preschool, casino, & picnics.
Updated: 28 Mar 2019
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Burmese Yes
English Yes
Fijian Indian Yes
Rumanian Yes
Sri Lankan Yes
Tagalog Yes
Updated: 28 Mar 2019
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual AffiliationsStatusDetails
Anglican Yes
Christian Yes
Methodist Yes
Presbyterian Yes
Roman Catholic Yes
Salvation Army Yes
Updated: 28 Mar 2019
Public Transport 0.10 km Christchurch city buses run almost directly from our front door.
Shops 0.10 km Our local dairy in only 100m from our front gate, the Edgeware shops about 10 minutes walk, and buses to the local malls.
Mall 1.00 km Merivale Mal, Christchurch City and Northlands
Parks 0.50 km Abberley Park is a lovely local park, Hagley Park is not too far away.
Library 0.50 km The closest public library is in Peterborough Street.
Updated: 28 Mar 2019
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RCStatusDetails
CareerForce Yes
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Yes
Registered Retirement Village? Yes
Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available. Yes
Retirement Village Accreditation (Expiry date) Yes 9 June 2019
Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA) Yes
CareerForce New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Registered Retirement Village? Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available. Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA)
Updated: 28 Mar 2019

The Ministry of Health conducts regular audits of Residential Care Facilities. They can be found HERE.

NOTE: The Retirement Villages Act 2003 (The Act) is designed to provide improved protection for people who ‘buy’ into a retirement village. If you intend to ‘purchase’ you must get independent legal advice before signing your occupation right agreement as required under The Act. Some Retirement Village type facilities are not required to register under The Act so different legal requirements apply. Please make sure you investigate fully.


In some villages there may be some Retirement Village units that have multiple uses e.g. a Serviced Apartment may also be used as a Residential Care Suite. The same unit may therefore show in several places on Eldernet. The DHB Shared Services website provides additional information about this service.