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Claud Switzer Memorial Trust

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Claud Switzer Memorial Trust
71 South Road
Kaitaia 0410
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71 South Road
Kaitaia 0410
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The 'Puriri Secure Care Unit' is a protected living environment which specialises in providing rest home level care to older people who are adversely affected by dementia and related disorders.

The unit provides a safe, secure and homely environment. We have aimed to create a human habitat, a place where people are treated as individuals and encouraged to participate in doing the things that they have enjoyed. For example, cooking and gardening. We encourage spontaneity and we welcome visitors, especially children and animals. We are also developing our gardens and plant collection and welcome your assistance.

The unit has 15 individual bedrooms, all have a toilet and sink unit. There are shared shower and communal toilet facilities.

We have 2 garden areas, a courtyard, and a larger area with pleasant views of the hills. Residents and their families/whanau can sit outdoors and enjoy some time together. The rear garden has raised garden beds for those residents who enjoy looking after plants. The unit has been designed to provide a great indoor - outdoor flow so that residents can wander at their will within a secure environment.

Families are encouraged to visit and are free to take their relative out of the unit for a walk, or an outing, you are welcome to make a cup of tea or coffee at anytime.

A Diversional Therapist is a part of the team and group or one on one activity sessions are held in Puriri Wing every day. Residents are also invited to attend activities in other areas of the facility with staff from the unit caring for them. Each week there is a bus ride for the residents and families are welcome to join these outings and to assist their relative or others (seating permitting).

Staff working in the unit have been chosen because they want to work with people with dementia, they have the specialist education, knowledge, skills and the personality and the manner required. There is daily and ongoing Registered Nurse oversight, with a registered nurse on-site and available at all times, day or night.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Detail Status
Contract with Te Whatu Ora Yes
Certification Yes
ORA Applies No

Updated: 14 Sep 2015

Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Detail Status
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 15
Vacancy No
Impending vacancy No
Short stay considered No
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: 14 Jun 2024

Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse Yes Available 24 hrs
Enrolled Nurse Yes
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers Yes
Physiotherapist Yes
Occupational Therapist Negotiable As required
Social Worker (on site) Negotiable Access as required
Diversional Therapist Yes
Activities Co-ordinator Yes
Hairdresser Yes 2 days per week
Podiatrist Yes Visits weekly
Dietitian Yes As required
Accredited Visitors Yes Pastoral care, Switzer Home Auxiliary, Volunteers, visiting pets and disability support agencies
Kaumatua Yes
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes All Chaplains visit

Updated: 13 Sep 2017

Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Activity programme, Advocate, Age Concern, Alzheimer's Society, Aromatherapy, Art, BBQ, Billiards, Bingo, Board games, Bowls, Breakfast in bed, Canine friends, Care and Craft, Children, Church, Classical Music, Cooking, Craft, Entertainment, Garden, Gardening, Happy Hour, Jigsaw, Movies, Gas Fire, Reading, Sing-a-longs

Updated: 13 Sep 2017

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