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Avonlea Rest Home - Dementia Care NZ
Dementia Care (Secure)
224 Lincoln Road
Christchurch 8024
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Daphne Abellanosa - 03 3380202
Jim Haines and Alison Hume - 03 3380202
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We invite you to experience the very special character of Avonlea.

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

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.

We provide 24 hour Registered Nursing cover for our Hospital care home as well as our Dementia care homes.

We give very special care to people with dementia.

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 44
Vacancy Yes
We currently have two rooms available at one of our dementia rest homes. At Avonlea there are lovely gardens and pathways to walk and a warm sense of community. We offer care in four small and homely 'units'. Please see our comprehensive web site for further information about Avonlea at www.dementiacarenz.co.nz We offer respite care service at Avonlea and have spaces available, where families have the opportunity to book care in advance. Please hfeel free to call us regarding any queries or to make a time for us to show you around.
Impending vacancy No - no
Premium Room Charges Some Rooms as at 29 Jun 2021
MOH Certification and Audit Report View MOH certification and audit report (opens in a new tab)
Updated: 27 Jan 2022
April 2021

Around a year ago my father was assessed as needing a higher level of care than his current rest home could provide and my partner and I reluctantly started looking around for somewhere else for him.
We visited a number of rest homes that provided dementia care. What we wanted were staff who saw Dad as more than another income stream. We weren't concerned with crystal chandeliers, shag pile carpet and modern art. The glib salespeople in their corporate strip we met at other rest homes repelled us rather than enticed us. What we wanted were people at the coalface and management who actually cared about Dad and would work to make his last days as comfortable and as happy as they could be.
I believe we found that at Avonlea.
If I had to sum the place up in a word it would be 'genuineness'. As I said I was reluctant to move Dad; now I think it is the best thing that could have happened. He's happier at Avonlea than he has been for a long time. I have been particularly impressed by the level of communication from the staff about Dad and the fact that they have taken the time to get to know him and what to do to keep him happy. We are full fee paying clients and I believe we get good value for money at Avonlea.
I would recommend Avonlea to anyone in our position without reservation.

David P

February 2019:

I’m Angela. I am the late Peter Wood’s niece. We met quite a few of your lovely staff who looked after my uncle with such wonderful care and respect. Mum, Dad and I want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. From the moment we arrived at your facility, your staff were amazing. A real credit to you all. It was plain to see that Peter felt very comfortable with you all and that you were one big family.
Your team really looked after him. We loved having your therapy dog Merlin visit. Uncle Peter loved animals so we are sure that he loved those visits.
With hugs and best wishes,

Hello Kathy,

I've just spent the last few days with Mum and we had a wonderful time together.

I just wanted to say 'thank you'.

I had the chance to meet some of the carers and the people that Mum lives with and they are all such a lovely lot. I am so touched by the caring team you have there at Avonlea - my last day there I tried to say 'thank you for taking care of my Mum' to one of the staff that was just going off shift but I started welling up so I didn't try that again, I just said 'goodbye' to the carers when I left. I would have liked to have let them know that I am so appreciative of all they do for Mum - they are precious and very beautiful people. Thanks again.

Kind regards,

Karen Tippen.

My Mums needs changed last year and we found ourselves in the very daunting situation of looking for a new rest home that was tailored to meet mums needs.
Mum moved into Avonlea in March 2010, the staff and management of Avonlea made the transition from mums previous retirement home to her new home at Avonlea a very stress free experience for us.
They were very supportive during this time not only for my mum but also for me. Avonlea is a warm, clean and homely environment and provides mum with safe and reasonable care.
Mum loves her sunny bedroom with en suite and says she enjoys the meals; I have complete peace of mind that she is safe and well cared for.
I have always found the staff to be approachable, friendly and continually keep me updated regarding mums health. They always make me feel welcome when I visit mum and often invite me to stay and have a meal with my mum if I wish to.
Keep up the good work Avonlea

G. Patten

Dear Jim

We wish to thank you and your staff for your superb care of our mother and mother-in- law Jessie Dobson over the last 18 months.
The concept of small homes ideally suited Jessie, giving her the independence of her own room in a warm, comfortable, modern environment.
The program of activities available for residents always impressed us. The staff in her home ''Rudo'' were always interacting with the residents in a caring, kind manner.
During Jessie's last days when her health was failing, the care provided by your staff was exceptional. She was comfortable and we were kept up to date with developments. We would like to thank Liz, Barbara, Kara and the rest of the team at Rudo.
We highly recommend Avonlea to anyone wanting Dementia Care for their family members. We are happy for you to refer anyone to us, wanting to know about our experience.
Sharron and Brian Tinetti
In September 2006 my Mum's Dementia condition had deteriorated to such an extent that she could no longer stay in the rest home she was then living in.
We had to find a home where she could be looked after and one that specialised in caring for those with more advanced Dementia. After looking at various places and listening to advice from other people we finally chose Avonlea. it appeared to offer the best care for Mum. We really like the idea of there only being 11 in the Aroha unit, it really seems to be more like a family than an institution.
My Mother is 88 years old and has been a Widower for over 17 years and is very independent. She was used to living alone and didn't take kindly to the fact that she was no longer capable of caring for herself. However over the last couple of years she has come to realise that she needs somebody there at all times of the day and night to care for her, and this is what she gets at Avonlea.
She enjoys walking around the gardens, going for outings and the entertainments that are provided each week, especially the musical entertainment. Each afternoon an activity person provides some sort of activity for all the occupants that can catch their interest and challenge them in some way.
I visit my Mother every week if I can and I am always greeted cheerfully and offered a cup of tea no matter the time of day and have enjoyed many afternoon teas there.
Sarah is the main Caregiver and she is very friendly and relaxed and is very helpful, listening to any concerns I may have. She has a good relationship with all the occupants and nothing seems to be a problem to her.
All in all, Avonlea provides the standard of care that we would expect from a professional and caring home for my Mum.
Carole Butson
Updated: 22 Apr 2021
Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse Yes
Enrolled Nurse Yes
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers Yes
Physiotherapist Yes Therapy Professionals visits our residents weekly
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 3 Yes Weekly
Podiatrist Yes
Dietitian as needed Yes Regular dietary advice
Kaumatua Negotiable We have contact with Rehua Marae.
Other Personnel monthly Yes An independent support group facilitator holds monthly sessions for our families. This is an opportunity for people to share their experiences with others who know and understand the journey of dementia. Simon Hamley is our Education Coordinator.
Updated: 18 Jun 2015
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise Status Details
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. We have a continence advisor for Dementia Care NZ.
Stomal Therapy Yes Our registered nurses give instruction with stomal care. We have regular inservice education on stomal care.
Infection Control Yes We have an infection control team. We work with an advisor for special assistance.
Clinical Management Yes Armie Abalos, our Clinical Manager, leads our team of Registered Nurses.
Other Specialties Yes Ruth Babonnick, our Regional South Island Clinical Manager is a Palliative Care Specialist with Post Graduate qualifications. Simon Hamley, a Registered Mental Health Nurse and our Education Coordinator.
Updated: 28 Nov 2019
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 Avonlea and Admatha have the only two designated respite care beds in Canterbury. This means that carers can book respite in advance. Please call us if you wish to enquire about our specialised respite care service.
Carer Support Yes
Subsidised Yes
Private Paying Yes
Booking can be made in advance Yes
Updated: 25 Feb 2015
Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes We encourage people to bring familiar things to help make ones room feel more homely and familiar.
Single Rooms Yes
Ensuite Yes
Alcohol Permitted Yes In consultation with Registered Nurse.
Pets In Residence No Not currently
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes
Phone Access In Own Room No We have portable phones that are residents can use to receive calls.
Resident can adjust heating in own room No We have under floor heating, heat pumps and cosy gas fires.
Lounges/seating areas Yes
Palliative Care Contract Yes For our Hospital
Outings Yes
Whanau Room No We have areas where families can enjoy private time together.
Maori Kaupapa No We have contact with Rehua Marae.
Newsletter Yes
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Confused Residents Yes
Smoking Permitted Yes Smoking permitted in the outside area only.
Semi-Secure No We offer fully secure dementia rest home care.
Updated: 14 Jan 2014
Special Features
Special Features
Each small and homely unit at Avonlea has an open plan theme with a lovely kitchen.

People are encouraged and able to contribute to the running of their home. Helping with the dishes, wiping down the benches, baking and cooking...

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.

Updated: 3 Nov 2014
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
At Avonlea we create a loving, warm and homely atmosphere where each person is supported to experience each moment richly.

We encourage and support resident's involvment in activities, from house hold and garden tasks through to games, art, outings, movement and dance, cooking club, music and baking to name but a few., Activity programme, Advocate, Age Concern, Activity programme, Advocate, Age Concern, Alzheimer's Society, Aromatherapy, Art, BBQ, Big print books, Bingo, Bowls, Board games, Breakfast in bed, Bridge
Updated: 14 Jan 2014
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
National Certificate in Diversional Therapy Yes
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Yes
Other details No Our Education Coordinator Simon Hamley is a trained instructor for Management of Actual or Potential Aggression (MAPA) from the Crisis Prevention Institute. Simon works across all facilities ensuring our staff are trained in this valuable course.
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA)
Updated: 8 Aug 2017

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