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Somerfield Rest Home
137 Barrington Street (entry of Stanbury Avenue)
Christchurch 8024
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Sue Denton - (03) 332 5897
Heritage Lifecare (Golden HeathCare)
Registered Nurse
(03) 332 5897
Diversional Therapist
Paula Jackson
RN support
Cleo/Kat - Clinical Support RN
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Given the current COVID-19 environment we have temporarily disabled our ‘feedback’ feature. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Visitors as usual (but not if you're unwell or recently returned from overseas)
Somerfield Memory Care facility (Dementia) is part of the Golden Healthcare Group, a business with over 30 years of dementia experience in Christchurch.
• We are committed to providing specialised high quality dementia care to 41 residents, within our small, homely environment.
• We provide a safe, secure and friendly environment with lovely little lounges, courtyards and gardens for great indoor and outdoor flow.
• Experienced and qualified, management, nursing, diversional therapy and care staff promote dignity and independence through the delivery of care and activities to suit individual needs and fun times.
We specialize in Music &Pet therapy and interactive environment as part of our fun activities.
We are happy to offer Respite booking if we have available beds, please phone for more information
We look forward to welcoming you and showing you around our home.

Compliments received:
I wanted to thank you and your team and everybody’s names that are too numerous to list. You guys looked after My Loved one with dignity and respect. Your facility RN was very patient, honest and guided me and for that i am very grateful.
You guys have made it a wonderful caring environment your doors were always open. Feb 22

> " Thanks to all the Lovely Staff at Somerfield who helped Mum celebrate her 88th birthday with Dad. Everyone is so very kind and caring. Mum felt very special and she's not even a resident! Your efforts are highly appreciated" July 21

> " We couldn’t have asked for any better care for mum. And both me and my siblings feel relief that we chose you to take care of mum during her final years". May 21
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 9 Sep 2021
DHB Respite Care Booking Service
DHB Respite Care Booking Service
We provide DHB Respite Care Booking Service.
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 40
Vacancy Yes
We currently have two rooms available We are also happy to offer a waiting list. We have lots of interesting areas for residents to wander, with men's shed & interactive garden areas. Inside we continue with interactive and themed areas including: memory lounge, sports lounge, beach theme areas to sit and share with your loved one.
Impending vacancy No - yes
Premium Room Charges Some Rooms from $5.00/day up to $25.00/day as at 31 May 2022
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: 23 Jun 2022
I"I would like to thank you all for the care you gave to my loved one, especially having observed the efforts everyone you all put in to stimulate residents during Lockdowns has been truly remarkable. To know your activities have kept him and the other residents engaged is truly admirable" June 22

"How refreshing to find a facility that really cares and people who treated myself, my support person with the utmost dignity with their in depth understanding of the disease Dementia. Their compassion and emotional intelligence in dealing with my situation was enlightening to say the least" August 21

Thanks to all the Lovely Staff at Somerfield who helped Mum celebrate her 88th birthday with Dad. Everyone is so very kind and caring. Mum felt very special and she's not even a resident! Your efforts are highly appreciated" July 21

> " We couldn’t have asked for any better care for mum. And both me and my siblings feel relief that we chose you to take care of mum during her final years". June 21

"Thanks for making us feel so welcome. You do feel like you are joining a family gathering. It was also really nice being out in the courtyard". Feb 21

"Your flexibility, commitment, professionalism, and openness to work together with our service made all the difference. Your care and service was very well done indeed".
Updated: 14 Jun 2022
Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse 40 Yes Onsite Mond ay to Friday. Plus part time weekends. with support RN x2 days per week, and on call over the weekend and evenings or as required
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers Yes Fully staffed with friendly, Dementia trained Caregivers, passionate about high quality care given to all residents within the facility.
Physiotherapist Yes Available through the Golden Healthcare Group as required.
Diversional Therapist 40 Yes Full time Monday to Friday 9-5.30pm providing a range of activities, outings and special events daily.
Activities Co-ordinator Yes both days in the weekends
Hairdresser Yes Yes, weekly visits into the home for those that like to look their best at all times. Reasonable cost.
Podiatrist Yes Visits 6 weekly on-site visits at reasonable cost.
Dietitian Yes All meals are dietitian prescribed, and individual requirements are catered for.
Accredited Visitors Yes A programme of various type of visitors is available for resident recreation.
Kaumatua Negotiable
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Negotiable
Updated: 3 Jan 2022
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise Status Details
Wound Care Yes Access to specialist care as needed.
Diabetic Care No Registered Nurse onsite Monday to Friday.
Continence Advice Yes We are contracted with EBOS who provide a regular continence maintenance overview.
Stomal Therapy Yes Access to specialist care as needed.
Infection Control Yes
Clinical Management Yes A Clinical Manager oversees all Clinical aspects of Somerfield Rest Home.
Updated: 23 Mar 2021
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 We are able to provide respite care to families for their loved ones. Please call for details or a time to view available rooms.
Subsidised Yes
Private Paying Yes
Updated: 23 Mar 2021
Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes All residents are encouraged to personalise their rooms with their own treasures and furniture.
Single Rooms Yes
Shared Rooms Yes
Rooms suitable for a couple Yes
Ensuite Yes
Alcohol Permitted Yes In a controlled environment.
Pets In Residence Yes Manager has a small dog that comes to the rest home weekly resident enjoy very much.
Phone Access In Own Room No A portable phone is available for our residents to use.
Cater for under 65 yrs with Disability Yes
Lounges/seating areas Yes
Outings Yes Varied, regular outings organised by our Activities Co-ordinator.
Family Committee Yes Family meetings held throughout the year.
Newsletter Yes
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes The management of challenging behaviours is a speciality of our rest home.
Confused Residents Yes
Smoking Permitted Yes We provide an outside smoking area.
Semi-Secure Yes Fully secure inside and outside.
Updated: 23 Mar 2021
Special Features
Special Features
Somerfield Rest Home, long established as a leading provider of specialist dementia care, all bedrooms all have ensuites. We have interesting areas all around the rest home for residents and family to share and enjoy. We offer a compassionate, caring and homely environment, were residents feel loved, safe and cared for by our experienced and trained caregivers.

A registered nurse is on duty weekdays and is on-call at other times to assist with after-hours concerns. The RN plans, implements and evaluates each resident's care in conjunction with the family and the carers. Regular communication with families, physicians and community resource staff is maintained by the registered nurse.

Somerfield Rest Home is a restraint-free rest home. We use the absolute minimum of phychotropic medications to assist with behaviours often seen in persons with dementia. All staff are trained in alternative methods of managing behaviours so that residents are treated with dignity and respect.

At Somerfield Rest Home everyone is treated as important members of our family. We value the trust that people have in our services and we work hard to be worthy of that trust. The families of our residents can have peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are well cared for.

Golden Healthcare Group are proud to be local and take the time to assist you in your decision making on where to place your loved ones.
Updated: 23 Mar 2021
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Golden Healthcare Group has a fleet of 8 seater mini vans which are there for residents to be taken on outings from feeding the ducks at the Groynes Park to visiting the Cashmere Club.

A comprehensive activity program is developed and maintained by our diverstional therapist. After assessing each resident's individual needs, abilities and interests, a program is developed to try to keep our residents mentally stimulated and physically active.

The activity program is not the sole responsibility of the diversional therapist but all staff assist to provide activities to our residents throughout the day and evening hours.

The program is diverse and varies from day to day to encourage resident participation.

Our activity programme includes Arts & Crafts, Bingo, Bowls, movies, Cooking, Entertainers, Exercise programme, Games, Gardening, Jigsaws, Library, Music therapy, Pet Therapy & Theme days
Updated: 10 Feb 2022
Additional Information
Additional Information
Topic Details
What's included in your fees and what's not Any questions regarding fees please contact Sue Denton, Facility Manager of Somerfield Rest Home.
Staffing qualifications and details The rest home is staffed with qualified and competent people who have a special interest in working with persons with dementia. The positions at Somerfield are Registered Nurse/ Facility Manager, Carers, Housekeepers, Diversional Therapist, and Cook. Each employee takes an active interest in the care and well-being of our residents.
Details about meals Our cooks daily prepare the meals from fresh ingredients and according to a seasonal rotating menu cycle. Items which are served are selected and prepared to appeal to the tastes of our residents. Various therapeutic diets and food textures can be prepared according to the resident's specific needs.
Associated Complexes Albarosa Dementia, Camellia Court Dementia, Golden Age Retirement Village, Brookhaven Retirement Village, Somerfield Dementia, Hoon Hay Dementia, Hoon Hay House.
Updated: 23 Mar 2021
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
Chinese dialect Yes Mandarin chinese
Czechoslovaki Yes
English Yes
Fijian Indian Yes
German Yes
Samoan Yes
Sri Lankan Yes
Updated: 23 Mar 2021
Location Distance Details
Public Transport 0.10 Km On Routes #17, #19. Close to Orbiter Route
Shops 0.10 Km Local Dairy
Mall 0.75 Km Barrington Mall
Parks 1.00 Km Barrington Park, Pioneer Park Somerfield Park
Library 1.00 Km Spreydon Library Barrington
Updated: 23 Mar 2021
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Yes
Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA) Yes
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA)
Updated: 23 Mar 2021

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