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Selwyn Village - Brian Wells House (Ivan Ward Centre)

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Selwyn Village
43 Target Street
Point Chevalier
Auckland 1022
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PO Box 44106
Point Chevalier
Auckland 1246
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Lyn Wardlaw - (09) 845 0728
The Selwyn Foundation - (09) 845 0838
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Rachel Witbrock - 021 790 434
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David Kelsall - 021 223 6563
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Lyn Wardlaw - (09) 846 0119
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Brian Wells House provides rest home-level dementia care for 18 residents in a safe and secure ‘household’ environment on the ground floor of the Ivan Ward Centre which was opened at Selwyn Village in 2018. Brian Wells House is one of seven ‘households’ or smaller communities of residents within the Centre’s larger care community.

Each household has been designed to feel like a home: residents have their own private room with ensuite and share a spacious lounge with open-plan dining and kitchen area. At Brian Wells House, this communal living space leads out to a specially designed, secure garden area with seating. When residents’ family/whānau come to visit, they’re also able to use the household kitchen and even stay overnight in the den/whānau room. All meals are prepared and cooked on site, with a qualified dietitian overseeing the menu and catering for special diets. If guests visit for lunch or dinner, they can often be catered for.

The Brian Wells household has its own 24/7 care partners (doctors routinely visit the Brian Wells household and there’s 24/7 medical coverage).

Each resident’s care suite has:

• an ensuite (bidet optional)
• fully adjustable electric hospital bed
• wardrobe; we can supply other basic furnishings if desired (we encourage residents to make their room feel as homely as possible with their own belongings)
• smart call bell system.

We follow best practice and research by not providing TVs in our dementia care suites. Rather, we encourage residents not to isolate themselves, but to engage with others within the household.


Residents are offered a range of cognitively stimulating and enjoyable activities aimed to engage residents’ participation in programmes tailored for older people living with dementia. These include social games, crafts, art therapy, gardening, musical activities and ‘sing-a-longs’, guided walks within the village grounds, gentle exercise and minibus outings. The village chaplain visits regularly and is available for pastoral care and support; worship services are held regularly in Brian Wells House.

Family members and friends are welcome to visit at any time and on any day and are encouraged to get involved and participate in all aspects of their loved one’s life at Selwyn.

For further details, please visit our website: https://www.selwynfoundation.org.nz/selwyn-village/residential-care/living-options/brian-wells-house-memory-support/



Selwyn Village is a 26-acre retirement jewel sitting on Auckland’s sparkling Waitematā Harbour. Located in Point Chevalier, the village provides rest home-level, age-related hospital-level and rest home-level dementia care across three care homes as well as a wide range of stylish independent retirement living options within an attractive and peaceful setting. A palm-lined avenue, park-like grounds and well-tended flowerbeds complement the garden environment, and coastal walks lead to a sheltered swimming beach. Selwyn Village is one of New Zealand’s first retirement villages and remains a popular choice for older people looking for quality environments within a supportive and caring community.


Selwyn Village is owned and managed by The Selwyn Foundation, an independent, faith-based New Zealand registered charity providing services to older people and their families. The Foundation has been leading the way in improving the quality of life of seniors since 1954. As pioneers of the retirement village model and of residential aged care in this country, we are uniquely experienced in providing care, independent retirement living and community outreach services for older adults.

Our Mission is: To deliver quality services that are responsive to the ageing person and their family, ensuring that our charitable outreach supports those who are vulnerable or in need. As a result of the ageing of New Zealand's population and the growing numbers of seniors who are vulnerable or in need, our work is more important than ever. With our charitable Mission as our foremost strategic objective, the Foundation is focused on providing charitable support and outreach where there is hardship amongst seniors who live in the wider community – whether that be loneliness and social isolation, material/financial/emotional- or housing-related. For further information on our work and Mission, visit: www.selwynfoundation.org.nz

The Selwyn Foundation
PO Box 8203, Newmarket, Auckland 1149.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with Te Whatu OraYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 23 Nov 2022
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Detail Status
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 18
Vacancy No
Impending vacancy No
Short stay considered No
Premium Accommodation Charges Yes from $70.00/day up to $70.00/day as at 27 Mar 2024
MOH Certification and Audit Report View MOH certification and audit report (opens in a new tab)
Extra admission requirements due to COVID-19 Please enquire
Updated: 24 Apr 2024
Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse 24/7 Yes
Enrolled Nurse 24/7 Yes
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers 24/7 Yes
Physiotherapist Yes During week days, we have two full time physiothapists.
Occupational Therapist Negotiable Occupational Therapy can be arranged as needed.
Social Worker (on site) Negotiable Available as required.
Diversional Therapist Negotiable Available as needed.
Activities Co-ordinator Yes As well as Ivan Ward's own full time Diversional Therapist, the dementia unit has its own activities coordinator.
Hairdresser Yes The hairdresser is available every week from Monday to Friday.
Podiatrist Yes The podiatrist calls weekly.
Dietitian Negotiable The services of a dietician is available as residents have a need.
Accredited Visitors Negotiable
Kaumatua Yes
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes There are two full-time chaplains available on site.
Other Personnel Yes Volunteers assist with many activities in our Village.
Updated: 23 Nov 2022
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise Status Details
Oxygen Management Yes
Gastronomy/Nasogastric Management Yes
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes
Dialysis Yes
Wound Care Yes
Diabetic Care Yes
Continence Advice Yes
Stomal Therapy Yes
Stroke Rehabilitation Yes
Tracheotomy Care Yes
Spinal Injuries Care Yes
Infection Control Yes
Surgical Followup Yes
Psychiatric Care Yes
Community Health Yes
Clinical Management Yes
Other Specialties Yes
Updated: 23 Nov 2022
Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes We encourage residents to bring their own furniture and belongings to make their suite as home like as possible
Single Rooms Yes
Ensuite Yes
Pets In Residence Yes
Phone Access In Own Room Yes
Wifi Yes
Lounges/seating areas Yes
Provide End of Life/Palliative Care Yes
Day Programme for day stay clients Yes
Outings Yes
Whānau Room Yes
Newsletter Yes
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Confused Residents Yes
Smoking Permitted No For safety reasons, there is no smoking in our dementia residential or day care buildings.
Semi-Secure Yes This is a secure dementia facility
Updated: 23 Nov 2022
Special Features
Special Features
The secure dementia facility within the Ivan Ward Centre (for residents) and Lavender Cottage (day care) each have a secure garden and picnic areas.

Family members and staff may take residents or day care people for walks within our 26 hectare grounds - or visit our convenience store, cafe, craft shop etc.
Updated: 23 Nov 2022
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Residents are offered a range of cognitively stimulating and enjoyable activities aimed to engage residents’ participation in programmes tailored for older people living with dementia.
Updated: 23 Nov 2022
Additional Information
Additional Information
Topic Details
Staffing qualifications and details Selwyn Village has two resident GPs on site.
Details about meals All dietary needs are able to be met. Breakfast, Midday meal, evening meal and supper provided.
Updated: 23 Nov 2022
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
Afrikaans Yes
Cantonese Yes
Chinese Yes
Chinese dialect Yes
Cook Island Maori Yes
Croatian Yes
Czechoslovaki Yes
Danish Yes
Dutch Yes
English Yes
Fijian Yes
Fijian Indian Yes
Filipino Yes
Finnish Yes
Flemish Yes
French Yes
German Yes
Greek Yes
Hebrew Yes
Hindi Yes
Hokkien Yes
Indonesian Yes
Interpreter Yes The services of an interpreter are able to be arranged.
Italian Yes
Japanese Yes
Korean Yes
Malay Yes
Malayalam Yes
Mandarin Yes
Māori - Te Reo Yes
Niuean Yes
Pidgin Yes
PNG dialect Yes
Polish Yes
Rarotongan Yes
Russian Yes
Samoan Yes
Thai Yes
Tokelauan Yes
Tongan Yes
Welsh Yes
Yugoslavian Yes
Other Information Yes These are some languages spoken by staff and/or residents as at this date. But in such a large community - people of languages and cultures change often. Please enquire should another language be helpful.
Updated: 23 Nov 2022
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Anglican Yes Underpinned by our Christian faith and Anglican identity, our chaplains work to provide pastoral care and spiritual companionship to residents of all cultures, values and beliefs, embracing the diversity that is present within contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand.
Baptist Yes
Buddhist Yes
Christian Yes
Roman Catholic Yes Regular Catholic Masses are celebrated at Selwyn Village.
Updated: 23 Nov 2022
Location Distance Details
Public Transport 0.00 Km Stagecoach Buses have two stops within the grounds of Selwyn Village.
Shops 0.00 Km Westpac Bank, Mini-Market & Post Box, Craft Shop, Treasure Chest opportunity shop and Cafe within Selwyn Village. Pt Chevalier Shopping Centre is 1 km along a flat road.
Mall 4.00 Km St Luke's Shopping Mall - on the route of 007 buses passing through the Village.
Parks 0.00 Km The nearest park is right outside the front entrance.
Library 1.00 Km The Auckland Library Bus visits Selwyn Village weekly. Point Chevalier's Public Library is 1 km distant.
Updated: 23 Nov 2022
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
Aged Care Association New Zealand (ACA) Yes
New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) Yes
Police checked Yes
New Zealand Dental Association Yes
Registered Retirement Village? Yes
Retirement Village Accreditation (Expiry date) Yes
Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA) Yes
Aged Care Association New Zealand (ACA) Registered Retirement Village? Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA)
Updated: 23 Nov 2022

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