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Admatha - Dementia Care NZ
Dementia Care (Secure)
34 Averill Street
Christchurch 8013
(03) 385 1286
(03) 386 3240
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Debra Fairhall - (03) 3851286
Jim Haines and Alison Hume - (03) 3851286
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Amazing Staff

My Mum had been suffering Dementia for a long time.
For awhile she spent 3 years in a Normal Resthome in Rangiora, where she was able to still be very active, but couldn't remember going on outings nor could remember who had come to visit her. At that stage she needed very little help in getting dressed. As time went on in the 3rd year she needed more help getting dressed and going to the bathroom and toilet. As much as the Resthome loved having my Mum, it was time for her to be moved to another home with Higher Level Hospital Care. I found another place in Rangiora that could offer that and with the help of Mum's Friend moved Mum late December 2018. Unfortunately Mum's Dementia went to the next level where she needed more help with everything from eating, to going to toilet. Mum's friend and I would visit as much as we could. Mum then ended up in Hospital for 2 weeks and I was informed that she needed to go to a Dementia D6 Home. That was hard for me to hear but I knew that Mum needed more attention. I visited a couple places, then was looking at Eldernet website and saw Admantha had a Vacancy. I spoke with (Manager) and I asked if I could look around on the weekend. She said Yes. I went in late Saturday Afternoon and it was a bit crazy but in a controlled evoriment. Mum still had a few more days in Hospital, Canterbury DHB accessed Mum while in Hospital and asked if I had found a place. I said yes but was hesitant, so I arranged to go go back to Admantha during the week and meet ( the Manager) and meet one of the Senior Nurses who had worked their for 13years. I had another look around and said Yes this is the place in my mind. I asked (the manager) if I could move Mum's things in over the weekend. Mum was transferred by Ambulance the following Tuesday and from the moment she arrived staff were there for her. I had to go to work and left knowing she would be looked after. Mum's friend and I visited literally every day and staff asked if we wanted anything to eat or drink. The following week on Thursday both Mum's friend and I noticed that Mum was entering her final stage in life, this was confirmed by the Admantha Doctor. I went home and got changed and stayed with Mum during the night. Mum was given Morphine and other pain relief to help make her comfortable. During the night I was asked if I needed anything. Mum passed away Friday morning. Staff that had been on duty and staff that were coming on duty asked if I was ok. Some were visibly upset on hearing that Mum had passed.
I am glad Mum had gone to Admantha. Yes it is an older home and yes it can be hard for relatives and friend's of the residents to make the 1st, even 2 visit but not only do the staff care deeply about the residents they also make the relatives and friends feel welcome. Thank You so much to an Amazing Group of Staff at Admantha Lodge.

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A really homely feel.

I looked at 9 different dementia care facilities in Christchurch before settling on Admatha for my aunt. The difference a large garden and spacious lounges have on the residents is evident. The staff are absolutely wonderful and their interactions with the residents are always good humoured, caring and respectful. The new landscaping and renovations are wonderful. The decision and process of placing my aunt in a secure dementia unit was very traumatic but the team at Admatha made it so much easier. They provided both my aunt and my family with practical and empathetic support. My aunt settled very quickly and loves the warmth, the stimulation, the company of others and the food. Inclusion in every day activities such as cooking and cleaning all contribute to my aunt feeling 'normal'. We are so grateful to all the team at Admatha for their tireless and professional care of our lovely aunt. I thoroughly recommend Admatha.

Restrictions - critical visitors only
We invite you to discover the unique character of Admatha, a part of Dementia Care NZ.

You will discover a home with a unique atmosphere and a team with exceptional qualities.

We give very special care to people with dementia.

Dementia Care New Zealand is one of New Zealand’s highly regarded aged care providers.
We provide a full range of residential care including general rest home care, dementia rest home care, general hospital level care, and dementia hospital level care. At many of our facilities, a full continuum of care is available.
We specialize in person-centred care for people who live with dementia. This is the work we have passionately chosen to do.
We care for people in small, cosy homes with a loving, warm and homely atmosphere where each person is supported to experience each moment richly. Our small homes concept means that people with dementia experience life in a less clinical and more normalised, familiar way. Small homes that inter connect, also bring a sense of ‘community’ for a person with dementia.

To accept all people with kindness and love
To provide peace, comfort and joy
To be proactive, innovative and courageous
To enrich each person, the community and the world

We strive to achieve this vision by working
with openness, honesty, integrity and passion

We establish trusting relationships based on
respect and acceptance
We encourage people’s participation in
companionship-based care in their small homes
We are privileged to accompany people as they
journey towards the end of their life
We welcome family/whanau and the wider
community as integral to people’s lives
We promote inclusion and the rights and
values of each person
We celebrate unity in diversity

Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 14 Oct 2015
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 30
Vacancy Yes
We currently have 1 vacancy at Admatha Dementia Care. We also have a waiting list option available. Although we have 30 beds at Admatha, they are separated into two smaller homes of 13 and 17 people. Please see our comprehensive web site for more information about Admatha. www.dementiacarenz.co.nz. We also offer a dedicated respite care service, meaning families can now book respite care with us in advance. There are spaces still available for this service. Please call Debra on (03) 385 1286 ext 1 for any further information. We would love to meet with you.
Impending vacancy No
Premium Room Charges No
MOH Certification and Audit Report View MOH certification and audit report (opens in a new tab)
Updated: 23 Sep 2020
Admatha – Fulfilling Their Vision

May 2018

Our lives suddenly changed when a hospital specialist told us, “Your husband/father will never be able to live an independent life again.” What do we do now?

Admatha Dementia Care was our answer. We were plunged into the decision of looking for a home for him, when it was not even on the cards a week ago. As soon as we walked into Admatha, we unanimously said, “This is the place for Dad!”

The welcome we received from the very first meeting was warm, informative, clear and friendly as we grappled with this new life in our state of shock.

The next question was how to transfer a very confused and agitated man from hospital to Admatha? This was overcome immediately by the caring and thoughtful staff at Admatha. They made it so easy. In the months following there have been many ups and downs as our whole family has had to come to terms with our new lives and the Admatha staff have been there all the way. The “Best Friends Approach to Care” really works! The empathy, communication and incredible amount of loving patience shown to us and especially to our Dad/Husband never falters.

Thank you Admatha, you are keeping all of your promises. Thank you very much.

Joyce Bailey and family

August 1st 2017

Hi everyone,

I was so impressed with the extra level of care, empathy and understanding your staff showed both Dad and myself last week. I can't thank you enough for helping Dad, Mum, their children and grandchildren throughout this journey. It has not always been easy, but you somehow managed to get us all through it.

Mum and I chose Admatha for Dad because we enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and saw the caring, patient attitude towards the residents.

When Dad moved to the Lodge, your wonderful team were able to provide even more one on one time for Dad. I'm pretty sure Dad really felt Admatha was his home and was happy there. I will never forget how comfortable he looked tucked up in his PJs in bed, just like a little boy all worn out from a big day!

So a big thank you from all of us, to every single one of you, for caring for Dad.

Marg Hudson

April 21st 2017

Kia ora ano,
My mother, daughters and I wanted to ensure the excellent service and care you have given and continue to give our father/husband/grandfather is recognised.
Dad became seriously unwell this week and an ambulance was called. The phone call from your staff member to alert us to this was professional, caring and kind.
The hospital staff advised us that there was a high chance that Dad wouldn't make it through the night, but somehow he miraculously pulled through.
I rang Admatha to see if I could arrange to get Dad's teeth which were left at the home. I had expected to arrange to get someone to collect them, but instead was delighted when Maria, the Clinical Manager, turned up with them at the hospital. Dad was being quite difficult at this stage and both the hospital staff and I watched in amazement as Maria calmed Dad down, managed to get him seated and took the time to encourage him to put his teeth in.
He became more difficult and frustrated as the day continued and the hospital staff wanted to move him to another ward. I knew this wouldn't be a good idea and asked Maria and Debra if there was any chance they would take him back. They never hesitated, and the minute we dropped him back to Admatha, we knew we had made the right decision. He relaxed and settled right back in.
Admatha has become his home. He is happy there. The staff are incredibly patient and caring. I love hearing the way they talk to my father and how they get him to smile and laugh.
Although Mum struggles with the fact that she has become unable to care for him at home, she is grateful for the loving care he receives at Admatha.
As a family we are very grateful to the amazing team at Admatha.
Thank you.

A. Dahl

August 29th 2016:

Hi Deb, Maria and team. This first message is more of a testimonial should you want to use it:
If anyone is looking for a place for their loved one with dementia to live, then this is it. My Mum was in another establishment and I then moved her to Admatha, first the home and then the hospital. From the beginning it was a huge relief to know that she was well looked after and loved as an individual - that's pretty special. And at the same time, the staff cared about how I was coping. I cannot speak highly enough of the care that Mum received. The layout of both feels like home with a kitchen, tables, lounge areas and gardens. And the staff are always there working, updating records, feeding, talking, touching and laughing. My Mum really sparked up with the attention she received and when she was dying, staff popped in to her room just to say hi and cried with me when she passed away. Thank you Admatha.

S. Chappell

I must tell you about Wilfred’s time in Admatha.
At first he was a bit quiet probably because he was homesick and a little bewildered in his new surroundings.
Soon, however, he felt the warmth and special care that Admatha gives. In fact I would go so far as to say that the care for each and every resident is exceptional. That I saw as a visitor. Wilfred was a loving caring man himself and I am not surprised that he soon won the hearts of the young carers at Admatha. Even as he became very ill on his last days he still managed a smile for them as they tenderly cared for him, and he would mean it.
You have a wonderful staff there, every one of them.
God bless you all.

Betty Dodge

Placing my father into care was the hardest decision of my life. He had been diagnosed with dementia five months earlier and I was told to look around, find a home that I liked and put his name down. With two cousins, I started looking at dementia rest homes not too far from home. Of the places we viewed Avonlea was by far the nicest. Even the guided tour was the friendliest and most helpful. I didn't know what to look for in a rest home but fortunately my two cousins are a nurse and a diversional therapist respectively.
I held off as long as I could putting dad into care. When I eventually couldn't put it off any longer there were no vacancies at Avonlea so he went to Admatha. The staff there saw that I was having a hard time with my decision, so as well as taking great care of dad they gave me great support and friendship too.
I felt a lot of guilt over placing dad into care but I have learned since then that this is quite normal for families. I believed I had failed him, but I could no longer manage at home. The quality of the care and the helpfulness, courtesy and friendliness of the staff made the transition easier for both dad and I. The way they talked with dad you would think they had been good friends for years. A few weeks later dad transferred to Avonlea where the service, staff and atmosphere were as great as Admatha.
Fourteen months later, due to declining physical health dad was reassessed and reqired dementia hospital level care. I was lucky enough to be able to get him into Admatha Lodge, where the high level of care continues. I really like the small home system as it has made it easier for dad to cope with the changes in his life. The cosy environment makes visiting much more pleasant too.
I am included or notified about any decisions regarding dad's care and every time I visit him I get an update on his day, and health in general.
Dad often enjoys the regular entertainment, and with some coaxing from the diversional therapists will sometimes participate in activities.
The policies and the people have made this whole experience a lot easier and more pleasant than I could ever have anticipated. It is also a great comfort to know that dad is safe and well cared for by really special people.

Michael Ferguson October 2010

My husband has been a resident of Admatha for over two years and we have always been very pleased to be associated with Admatha where everyone is treated as a loved family member.
The individual care and attention given by the carers never fails to delight us, and contributes to the happiness and family feeling which is found at Admatha.
All the carers are never too busy to listen to individual needs, and this makes everyone feel as if they are very precious. Also, visitors are most welcome to stay at any time, and they know residents and their visitors by first name.
Admatha is a happy place to visit at any time of any day".
Avery Family

"We would like to recognise the wonderful care and attention given to our sister, Sally, since she came to live at Admatha in February 2007.
Sally's dementia has deteriorated over the last couple of years and, having had an intellectual disability all her life, her comprehension of what was happening to her was quite beyond her. Your staff at Admatha have taken Sally under their wing with total love, care and understanding and the professional way you, the management, and your staff have performed. We also get enjoyment from the hospitality of the staff and their recognition of us. There always seems to be time to make a cup of tea no matter how busy they are.
Admatha's philosophy and structure have impressed us to a degree that we have recommended you to the community that Sally was living at. Our recommendation is that they formally adopt Admatha as their primary Care destination for the other folk who are approaching needing Dementia Care.
We would like to thank you and the staff for your dedication and care of Sally".
John and Linda Tucker



Updated: 6 May 2018
TypeHours Per WeekStatusDetails
Registered Nurse Yes "At Admatha we offer 24 hour registered nursing". Please see our 'Lodge Hospital' page for further details on our RN team.
Enrolled Nurse Yes
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers Yes
Physiotherapist Yes A Physiotherapist from Therapy Professionals visits weekly and assesses every resident regularly.
Diversional Therapist Yes Our diversional therapists know each resident very well and know what works for each person creating meaningful activities to support creativity, socialisation, stimulation and fun as well as assisting residents in the daily running of their home.
Hairdresser Yes We have a hairdresser who visits weekly. She does perms, sets, cuts and blow waves.
Podiatrist Yes
Dietitian Yes As required
Accredited Visitors Yes
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes Fortnightly services - interdenominational
Other Personnel Yes A family support group for family members is held each month. Simon Hamley is our Education Coordinator.
Updated: 18 Jul 2017
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of ExpertiseStatusDetails
Wound Care Yes Our registered nurses care for wounds and refer for specialist advice as necessary.
Diabetic Care Yes Our registered nurses provide guidance in the care of people with diabetes. We have regular inservice education on diabetes.
Continence Advice Yes Each person is assessed for continence needs. Our registered nurses have experience in continence matters.
Stomal Therapy Yes Our registered nurses give instruction with stomal care.
Infection Control Yes We have an infection control team. We work with an advisor for special assistance.
Psychiatric Care Yes Support available
Clinical Management Yes Acting Clinical Manager Mary Calonzo. Arah Cartagena is our National Clinical Manager, who over seas and supports our RN teams. Arah is based in Christchurch.
Other Specialties Yes Specialists in dementia care
Updated: 8 Jul 2019
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short StayStatusDetails
Respite Yes We offer a dedicated respite care service, meaning families can book respite care with us in advance. Please call Debra on (03) 385 1286 or 027 349 4375 for any further information. We would love to meet with you.
Subsidised Yes
Private Paying Yes
Booking can be made in advance Yes
Updated: 18 Jul 2017
May Bring Own Furniture Yes Encouraged to bring familiar items - things that make each resident feel at home.
Single Rooms Yes Our rooms have a toilet ensuite.
Shared Rooms Yes We are able to care for couples in the same room if required.
Ensuite Yes
Alcohol Permitted Yes In discussion with registered nurse.
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes Discuss with Manager
Phone Access In Own Room Yes Cordless phone available.
Resident can adjust heating in own room No Underfloor heating and air conditioning maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the home.
Cater for under 65 yrs with Disability Yes
Lounges/seating areas Yes Seating for residents and visitors. Private seating areas throughout the home. Overlooks garden.
Outings Yes Weekly in Van.
Whanau Room No However there are private areas throughout the rest home for visitors.
Maori Kaupapa No Contact with Rehua Marae
Residents Committee Yes Our residents meet monthly. They give us ideas and feedback.
Family Committee Yes Family meetings and family support group held each month. An opportunity for family to share their joys and struggles with other people who know and understand.
Newsletter Yes Four times per year.
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes We work to minimise people's symptoms of dementia in a creative and loving way.
Confused Residents Yes
Smoking Permitted Yes Smoking outside/supervised.
Semi-Secure No We are fully secure.
Updated: 18 Jul 2017
Special Features
Special Features
Beautiful gardens in an 'Old English' setting. Elegant blend of old and new with careful attention to maintaining a home like environment.
We are committed to quality, individualised care. Our home is our residents home. We care for them with the respect, love and care that they all deserve and that you are relying on.

Programmes for families:

We offer two very special educational sessions for our families.

"Orientation For Families" and "Sharing The Journey"

Please see our comprehensive website for more detailed information.

"Helping with your move"

We are now offering a new service, free of charge of course! In order to help your moving into care easier.

We will.....

* Help you move any furniture.

* Help you to label clothing and personal possessions.

Updated: 18 Jul 2017
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Links with Alzheimer's Society for staff information, family support and education, beautiful garden with lovely display of trees and roses, Diversional Therapy programme ( art, cards, cooking craft, dance and movement therapy, exercises, gardening, indoor and outdoor games, group activity,individual activity to name but a few),Church services (fortnightly), live entertainment twice monthly (vocalists, musicians), happy hour every Friday, van outings weekly, library books collected by diversional therapists, massage for relaxation and therapy provided by caregivers and diversional therapists, videos regularly, music (records, tapes, CD's) played everyday, daily newspaper reading, quizzes daily, shopping occasionally, large group outings monthly, water therapy, animal farm visits, creative cooking group, a 'men's' shed.
Updated: 14 Jan 2014
Additional Information
Additional Information
Details about Meals Home cooked - Dietitian assessed and approved. Specialist diets catered for. We have our main meal in the evening as we find that this helps our residents to settle into a good sleep at night.
Staffing Qualifications and Details A team of part and full time diversional therapists, two registered nurses, and one enrolled nurse. 24 hour Registered Nursing coverage. Four rostered staff working in the morning. Five rostered staff in the afternoon.
Associated Complexes Admatha is a part of Dementia Care NZ with nine specialist care facilities across New Zealand. Please see our website for more detail www.dementiacarenz.co.nz
What's included in your fees and what's not Fees do not include hairdressing or podiatry Please feel free to ask the Operations Manager for a copy of the admission agreement which outlines inclusions.
Updated: 18 Jul 2017
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Chinese Yes
English Yes
Fijian Indian Yes
Filipino Yes
Interpreter Yes Negotiable
Korean Yes
Updated: 14 Jan 2014
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual AffiliationsStatusDetails
Anglican Yes
Baptist Yes
Brethren Yes
Christian Yes
Denominations/Faiths represented Yes
Inter denominational Yes
Jehovah Witness Yes
Methodist Yes
Non denominational Yes
Presbyterian Yes
Roman Catholic Yes
Salvation Army Yes
Seventh Day Adventist Yes
Updated: 14 Jan 2014
Public Transport 0.50 km Orbiter and Red Bus
Shops 0.50 km
Mall 0.50 km The Palms
Parks   Petrie Park five minute walk on Petrie Street.
Library 0.50 km The Palms
Updated: 14 Jan 2014
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RCStatusDetails
CareerForce Yes
National Certificate in Support of the Older Person (not available after Dec 2010) Yes
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Yes
Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available. Yes
CareerForce New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available.
Updated: 14 Jan 2014

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