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Harbour View Rest Home
Waterfront Road
Oamaru 9400
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PO Box 305
Oamaru 9444
Southern (Otago)
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Toni White - 03 434 5001
Harbour View Rest Home 2005 Ltd. - 03 434 5001
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Harbour View Rest Home overlooks the beautiful Oamaru Harbour and iconic Oamaru historic area.
The beautiful building was originally built as a care home in 1897 and owned by Waitaki District Health Services.
It has undergone many changes and improvements in it's 125 years, but it has retained that lovely feeling of an 'old home'.
The views from our lounges are magnificent. We face the sun as well as the view.
Harbour View is an18 bed secure unit providing care for those with dementia needing a secure environment.
We pride ourselves on providing a homely environment where our residents feel loved, respected and well cared for by staff specifically trained in the care of those with memory loss.
Fami,iesnare free to come and go as they wish. We encourage them to attend at activity and meal times to be involved with their loved ones every day cares.
Meals are a most important part of the care we offer and we are well catered for by the 2 cooks who prepare all our meals daily on site from the freshest available ingredients. Catering to the individual needs of our residents is a priority for our kitchen staff.
Harbour View has the highest level of cerification from the Ministry of Health, being 4 years, this reflects the level of care given to our resident's.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with Te Whatu OraYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 2 Aug 2022
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Detail Status
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 17
Vacancy Yes
Impending vacancy No
Short stay considered Yes
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 Yes
Updated: 8 Dec 2023
" It is with sadness that we write this letter. The sadness is in leaving our family will then be missing out on the loving and caring provided by you all in Oamaru. The standard of care provided is second to none.
This can do attitude showed in every staff member that it was our good fortune to encounter. They certainly have the skill and knowledge to handle every situation.
So saying this.love and understanding comes into force as it takes a special type of person to undertake this profession.
D is a special person in our lives and we all wanted the very best for her coming to terms with this ailment. She found that at Harbour View".
Updated: 5 Sep 2022
Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse 70 Yes Our 3 registered nurse's are on duty 7 days per week both day and evening hours and also are on call 7 days/nights per week. Our Clinical Nurse Co-Ordinator and RN's work closely with family and GP's for the best possible care and outcomes for our resident's.
Nurse Practitioner Yes Specialist Nurse available for the care of our elderly with dementia on an on call basis. Can visit monthly or as requirted to review our residents.
Enrolled Nurse No There is always Team Leader on duty on every shift. Our Team Leaders all have Career Force Level 4 minimum, First Aid Certificate, Higher Qualiffications as well as LCP papers completed to enable care of the elderly with dementia. They are all proven leaders
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers Yes All staff that work in our unit have dementia qualifications with Career Force, as well as significant other related training. Training is offered to all staff on site and off site so that they are constantly updating their skills.
Physiotherapist Yes This service can be arranged
Occupational Therapist Negotiable This service can be arranged
Social Worker (on site) Yes All residents have a hospital social worker allocated. A referral may be made if required.
Diversional Therapist 50 Yes We have 50 day and evening hours a week of activities with experienced activities co-ordinators who provide activities up 7 days per week.
Activities Co-ordinator Yes See Diversional Therapist
Hairdresser Yes On site salon offering reasonably priced hair cuts for all residents and other hair care at reasonable rates. Salon is open 5 - 6 days per week.
Podiatrist Yes Visits every 6 weeks
Dietitian Yes Menus have been approved by a dietician and one can be accessed as required. Menu for on a 4 weekly cycle with a summer and a winter menu. All meals and baking prepared freshly in our own on site kitchen by our 2 qualified rest home cooks.
Accredited Visitors Yes
Kaumatua Yes
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes We have visiting chaplains of varying religions and also a "multi-faith" person at our call.
Other Personnel Yes Many outside visitors and entertainers
Updated: 17 Jul 2022
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise Status Details
Oxygen Management Yes
Palliative Care (Contracted) Yes
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes As above
Dialysis No Available on request
Wound Care Yes Provided by our RN
Diabetic Care Yes Provided by our RN
Continence Advice Yes Provided by our RN
Stomal Therapy No Available on request
Stroke Rehabilitation Yes Available on request
Tracheotomy Care No Available on request
Infection Control Yes Provided by our RN
Surgical Followup Yes
Psychiatric Care Yes Available on request
Clinical Management Yes
Other Specialties Yes Available on request
Updated: 17 Jul 2022
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 Available as vacancies allow.
Carer Support Yes Available as vacancies allow.
Subsidised Yes
Private Paying Yes
Booking can be made in advance Yes
Updated: 17 Jul 2022
Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes Residents are encouraged to bring their own furniture to personalise their room.
Single Rooms Yes The rooms vary considerably in lay out. If we have a vacancy please come and view the room for yourself. Most rooms have expansive views.
Shared Rooms No Some double rooms available
Rooms suitable for a couple Yes Our larger rooms are suitable for a couple.
Ensuite Yes We have a limited number of ensuites.
Alcohol Permitted Yes Happy hour is held weekly. Some resident's have their own little tipple daily.
Pets In Residence Yes We have a rough coated fox terrier whose name is Chorkee. We also have a lovely cat named Tiggy who loves to share himself around. King George secure unit has a lovely large bird aviary.
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes
Phone Access In Own Room Yes All rooms have jack points for their own connections. Line rentals and toll calls are at the residents own cost.
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes Individual heating controls in each room
Cater for under 65 yrs with Disability Yes If requested
Lounges/seating areas Yes There are two large lounges and a large foyer that is well used. Outside a well protected and wide veranda has seating that gives residents wonderful views of Oamaru and beyond.
Primary Health Funded Short Term Care Yes
Provide End of Life/Palliative Care Yes
Palliative Care Contract Yes
Day Programme for day stay clients Yes 5 days a week, 7 days if requested. Pick up and delivery included.
Outings Yes We have our own van and enjoy 3-4 outings a week. Being next to the King George park means we have a very large green area on which our resident's can have "time out".
Whānau Room Yes
Māori Kaupapa Yes
Residents Committee Yes Monthly residents meetings are held with management
Family Committee Yes
Newsletter Yes We send a 3 monthly newsletter to resident's and their families to keep everyone informed of happenings in and around the rest home.
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes All resident's are recognised as being individuals. Staff are trained to gently divert and manage different behaviour.
Confused Residents Yes We have a 'wandering alarm' for those in early stages of dementia.
Rural Setting Yes We are located on the edge of the town and have extensive views of the hills, harbour and Oamaru's historic area.
Smokers Room Yes Enclosed, warm ,ventilated outside area.
Smoking Permitted Yes In the smokers area outside
Semi-Secure Yes
Updated: 17 Jul 2022
Special Features
Special Features
Harbour View is an owner-operated service.

The building itself was formerly owned by the Waitaki District Health Board and went into private ownership in 1990. In 2003 and 2017 it was extensively refurbished. The wide entry foyer leads into two wings with bedrooms leading off it. A newer wing leads out to the front of the building. The dining room, kitchen and main offices are in the centre of the complex. Furnishings and decoration are homely towards heritage in style and this gives Harbour View the feeling of a gracious home of years gone by.

The grounds are spacious and well maintained with the central rose garden being a real picture during the rose growing season. A driveway circling the rose garden allows for easy and safe loading and unloading of vehicles.

Harbour View has one of the best views in the region. The comings and goings in the harbour can be easily observed as we are not too far away from the action.

We are bounded by King George Park to the west which allows our residents to have supervised outside walks.
Updated: 17 Jul 2022
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Regular contact with Age Concern and Age Concern visitors, Alzheimer's Society Blind Foundation and Parkinson's Society support person available, weekly visits from RSA and outings as requested, Stroke Group co-ordinator available, large base of volunteers (support group), weekly cards and as desired, Church and religious services twice monthly, monthly communion and on call clergy, residents are always welcome to help in the kitchen with cooking etc, weekly craft and sales table raises funds for activities, dancing occasionally, email, entertainment often, exercises four times per week, large garden kept by gardener (residents participation encouraged), happy hour daily indoor games, one library in the home with a weekly round and fortnightly trips to town library, massage therapist available, residents input into meal options and dietary needs, movie outings available on request, daily music and weekly sing a longs, notable views of Oamaru Port and sea views, newspaper readings every morning, weekly quizzes, weekly shopping outings and as needed, Sky TV available, videos available as requested, aromatherapy available, extensive activities programme offered (resident input on programme), monthly residents meetings, petanque, access to mobility taxis, mobile shop visits each resident twice a week., Aromatherapy, Art, Arthritis society, BBQ, Arthritis society, Big print books
Updated: 17 Jul 2022
Additional Information
Additional Information
Topic Details
What's included in your fees and what's not Detailed in Harbour View brochure.
Staffing qualifications and details Registered Nurse 24 hours on call. Most staff have achieved nationally recognised education (Career Force) in care of the elderly or are doing so.
Details about meals Meals are prepared daily in our kitchen. Fresh baking done daily. All needs catered for.
Updated: 17 Jul 2022
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
English Yes
Fijian Indian Yes
Filipino Yes
Samoan Yes
Updated: 10 Oct 2012
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Anglican Yes
Christian Yes
Methodist Yes
Non denominational Yes
Presbyterian Yes
Roman Catholic Yes
Salvation Army Yes
Updated: 10 Oct 2012
Location Distance Details
Public Transport 0.00 Km Taxis service and courtesy van
Shops 1.50 Km We go on weekly shopping trips.
Mall 1.50 Km When you come to visit you will find that we are close to the historic parts of the town, cafes and restaurants and the main shopping centre. and the main shopping centre.
Parks 2.00 Km Regular visits to parks and gardens
Library 1.50 Km We go the library for fortnightly visits
Updated: 11 Oct 2018

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