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Birchleigh - Janefield (Specialist Dementia Care)

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77 Doon Street
Mosgiel 9024
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PO Box 328
Mosgiel 9053
Southern (Otago)
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Birchleigh offers quality Rest Home, Hospital and Specialist Dementia care in a modern, purpose-built facility nestled within a tranquil garden setting.

We offer Long Stay and, where available, Respite Day Care and Carer Support Services.

Birchleigh’s caring team of Registered Nurses and Caregivers create an environment of respect, compassion and dignity for you and your family.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with Te Whatu OraYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 21 Mar 2013
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Detail Status
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 24
Vacancy Yes
Impending vacancy No
Short stay considered No
Premium Accommodation Charges No
MOH Certification and Audit Report View MOH certification and audit report (opens in a new tab)
Extra admission requirements due to COVID-19 No
Updated: 22 Feb 2024
Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse Yes Our Nurse Manager is on site from 8:00am-5:00pm Monday to Friday. We also have immediate access to an on call Registered Nurse 24 hrs/day from our adjoining Birchleigh Hospital unit. In addition, our Nurse Manager is also available on call as required.
Nurse Practitioner As required Negotiable We have access to a Nurse Practitioner Monday to Friday through District Health Board Mental Health Services Older People's Health. They are available for Consults, Reviews and Support.
Physiotherapist Negotiable A Physiotherapist is available through the District Health Board Community Services Team.
Occupational Therapist Negotiable An Occupational Therapist is available through the District Health Board Community Services Team.
Social Worker (on site) Negotiable We have access to a Social Worker through the District Health Board Older People's Health Service based on the resident's Needs Assessment.
Diversional Therapist Yes We have an in-house Diversional Therapist available 5 days per week with a programme specifically designed to meet the needs of dementia residents.
Activities Co-ordinator Yes We have in-house Activities Co-ordinators available 7 days per week offering individualised input to resident and group activities.
Hairdresser Yes Our on-site Hairdresser is available Tuesday to Friday. Residents pay for this service, but Birchleigh covers all the overhead costs of this service to ensure pricing is kept at a very reasonable level.
Podiatrist Yes An independent Podiatrist pays regular six-weekly visits to Birchleigh to treat residents requiring assistance with foot problems. Podiatry consultation costs are on-charged where applicable.
Dietitian Yes A Dietitian is available through the District Health Board Community Services Team.
Accredited Visitors Negotiable Appropriate volunteers are welcomed at Birchleigh.
Kaumatua Negotiable Visits by Kaumatua can be arranged as required.
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes We offer frequent inter-denominational services provided by our Chaplain and other church groups. Our Chaplain is also available to meet the specific support needs of individual residents.
Other Personnel Yes Birchleigh's Reception area is staffed 7 days per week from 9:00am to 3:00pm Birchleigh also offers a supportive, trained escort to assist residents who need to be taken to any specialist appointment. We also provide a vehicle for this purpose.
Updated: 12 Jun 2020
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise Status Details
Oxygen Management Yes Available via oxygen concentrators.
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes We provide this service with the support of the Otago Community Hospice team.
Wound Care Yes A Wound-Care Specialist is available through the District Health Board Surgical Services Team.
Diabetic Care Yes A Diabetic Care Specialists is available through the District Health Board Diabetics Nurse Specialist.
Continence Advice Yes A Continence Advisor is available through the District Health Board Community Services Team.
Stomal Therapy Yes A Stomal Therapist is available through the District Health Board specialist Stoma Nurse Service.
Infection Control Yes One of our Nurse Managers has a team with specific responsibility for the control of any infections. Infection prevention and control measures are part of our required monthly management reporting.
Surgical Followup Yes We offer an experience escort to support residents who need follow-up visits to specialists,
Psychiatric Care Yes Specialist Psychiatric Care is available through the District Health Board Mental Health Service for Older People.
Clinical Management Yes Our Nurse Manager is a Registered Nurse.
Updated: 28 Jun 2010
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay Status Details
Respite Yes When rooms are available, Birchleigh's Janefield dementia care unit is able to offer Respite Care. Please enquire with our Unit Manager regarding current availability.
Other Short Stay Programme Yes DAY CARE: Our Janefield dementia care unit offers a day care programme for a limited number of residents from the local community. Please enquire with our Unit Manager regarding current availability.
Updated: 29 May 2019
Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes All our rooms are large enough to accommodate some personal items of furniture and other belongings.
Single Rooms Yes All residents have their own large room with a hand-basin and sufficient space for personal furniture and other belongings.
Ensuite No We provide numerous shared toilet and bathroom facilities.
Alcohol Permitted Yes We do allow limited consumption of alcohol, but only under close supervision and guidance.
Pets In Residence Yes We have three cats that appear to be convinced the entire Birchleigh complex was built as their home. But our residents love them - so we let the cats continue to believe that our residents are there for their pleasure.
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes To ensure the safety and well-being of all residents, each situation would need to be discussed before a pet was brought on-site.
Phone Access In Own Room Yes We are able to take our portable facility phone to any room for incoming calls. Alternatively, at an extra cost, each resident can have a dedicated personal phone line to their room.
Resident can adjust heating in own room No All our rooms are heated using underfloor heating.
Lounges/seating areas Yes We offer a bright, sunny lounge area with comfortable seats and a peaceful garden outlook.
Day Programme for day stay clients Yes We are able to offer respite support for a limited number of day residents from 9:00am-4:00pm.
Outings Yes We have two minibuses and we offer regular excursions to local beaches and other sites of special interest under the constant supervision of our Activities Coordinators and caregivers.
Whānau Room Yes We have a multi-purpose lounge that offers a restful and comfortable environment.
Māori Kaupapa Yes We have links to the local Maori community and will make contact as required to ensure we meet the individual needs of each resident.
Residents Committee No We have no formal Residents Committee, but we do hold monthly Resident Meetings to allow residents and their families to discuss any issues.
Family Committee No We have no formal Family Committee, but family members are welcome to take part in Resident Meetings. We also encourage an informal support network among resident's families.
Newsletter Yes We produce a regular newsletter to keep residents and their families up-to-date on what is happening in and around Birchleigh, including photos of activities, major resident milestones, and staff updates.
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes Our policy requires incidents of challenging behaviour to be documented and referred to an RN who can then refer this to the appropriate specialist if required. All staff are required to show competence in this area by completing regular questionnaires.
Confused Residents Yes We will check for any physical causes leading to confusion. We provide physical security and constant supervision to prevent residents wandering from the Janefield facility.
Rural Setting Yes Birchleigh is situated on the outskirts of Mosgiel and offers views of rolling hills and farmland.
Smokers Room Yes We provide a sheltered outdoor area for smokers.
Smoking Permitted Yes Residents are permitted to smoke in our designated area under direct supervision.
Semi-Secure Yes All exit doors and gates have key-pad security locks. Our outside garden area is surrounded by a 2.4 metre fence that is screened by trees and shrubs.
Updated: 28 Jun 2010
Special Features
Special Features
Birchleigh's Dementia Unit is known as "Janefield" which a reference to the area of the Taieri Plains it looks out on. The unit is surrounded by a restful garden. We are some distance from any major roads or industrial sites, so the unit offers a very quiet and peaceful setting.
Updated: 12 Jun 2020
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Activity programme, Advocate, Age Concern, Alzheimer's Society, Arthritis society, BBQ, Big print books, Bingo, Board games, Bowls, Breakfast in bed, Canine friends, Care and Craft, Chapel, Concerts, Cooking, Craft, Dancing, Email, Exercises, Fax, Flower arranging, Gardening, Happy Hour, Housie, Indoor Games, Minibus, Movies, Music, Newspaper reading, Outings, Pianist, Quizzes, RSA, Sing-a-longs, Sky TV
Updated: 28 Jun 2010
Additional Information
Additional Information
Topic Details
What's included in your fees and what's not Please contact our Nurse Manager for fee details.
Staffing qualifications and details Birchleigh's Janefield unit is extremely fortunate to maintain a stable, well-trained team. Our staff have a passion for the work they do and the residents they care for, and they know each resident on a first name basis. Many of our caregivers have completed training to Certificate Level 3 or 4, including dementia care. We also offer regular in-service training to keep skill levels high.
Details about meals A wide variety of nutritious meals are offered at Birchleigh. Individual likes and dietary requirements are catered for, and the menu is revised every six weeks. Fresh fruit is readily available. Families are welcome to have a hot drink and a biscuit when visiting.
Associated Complexes Birchleigh's Janefield Dementia Care unit is part of the overall Birchleigh Residential Care Facility, which also includes the Silverstream Rest Home unit and Braeside Hospital unit. Birchleigh sits alongside Chatsford - The Lifestyle Choice, a modern resort-style retirement community comprising 165 town houses and 70 apartments.
Updated: 12 Jun 2020
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
Chinese Yes
Dutch Yes
English Yes
Updated: 28 Jun 2010
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Anglican Yes Available to visit residents as required.
Baptist Yes A regular service is offered, and other denominations are also welcomed.
Inter denominational Yes
Presbyterian Yes Regular visits and church services are offered.
Roman Catholic Yes Regular visits and church services are offered.
Updated: 28 Jun 2010
Location Distance Details
Public Transport 0.10 Km A local "loop" bus service stops right next to the main entrance to Birchleigh. A daily bus service is also available to and from Dunedin City.
Shops 1.50 Km Mosgiel township is approximately 1.5 km from the Birchleigh facility. Mosgiel sits at the northern end of the Taieri Plains, so the terrain is entirely flat.
Mall 17.00 Km Dunedin's main shopping centre is approximately 17 km from Mosgiel. A large proportion of this is motorway driving on SH1. The time to travel from Mosgiel to Dunedin is approximately 20 minutes.
Parks 2.00 Km There are a number of parks around Mosgiel, the closest of which are approximately 2.0 km from Birchleigh.
Library 1.50 Km Birchleigh maintains a small library of books for resident use. There is also a public library in Mosgiel township.
Updated: 28 Jun 2010
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
Aged Care Association New Zealand (ACA) Yes
Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA) Yes Through our sister company - Chatsford - The Lifestyle Choice
Other details Yes Our Nurse Manager in the Janefield unit is a committee member of the local NZNO Gerontology Section.
Aged Care Association New Zealand (ACA) Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA)
Updated: 11 Jan 2017

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