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Iona (a Presbyterian Support Otago Enliven home) - Mackay Dementia Unit

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Iona (a Presbyterian Support Otago Enliven home)
549 Thames Highway
Oamaru 9400
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549 Thames Highway
Oamaru North
Oamaru 9400
Southern (Otago)
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Stephenie Leith - (03) 437 1870
Presbyterian Support Otago - (03) 477 7115
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North Otago residents now have a five-star home to go to for secure dementia care - the Mackay Unit at Iona.
Mackay is home to 14 residents with memory loss. Not only do they have a spacious home complete with a Memories Room, they have access to a wonderful outdoor courtyard with the perfect gazebo for relaxing in.
Iona carries top Ministry of Health certification, so residents and families are assured the very best care is provided.
Call Iona's Acting Manager, Maireta Harrison, if you'd like to see what living in Mackay would be like for a loved one.

Enliven - Vaccination Policy
In line with Government requirements and PSO’s commitment to health and safety, all Enliven staff and volunteers are fully vaccinated. We would prefer that all residents are vaccinated, and we can facilitate this for those who are not yet vaccinated.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with Te Whatu OraYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 19 Aug 2015
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Detail Status
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 14
Vacancy Yes
Impending vacancy No
Short stay considered Yes
Premium Accommodation Charges Some Rooms from $22.00/day up to $22.00/day as at 08 Apr 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: 16 Apr 2024
Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse Yes
Enrolled Nurse Yes
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers Yes
Physiotherapist Yes
Occupational Therapist Yes
Activities Co-ordinator Yes
Hairdresser Yes
Podiatrist Yes
Dietitian Yes
Accredited Visitors Yes
Kaumatua Yes
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes
Updated: 19 Aug 2015
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise Status Details
Oxygen Management Yes
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes
IV Antibiotic Capability Yes
Wound Care Yes
Diabetic Care Yes
Continence Advice Yes
Stroke Rehabilitation Yes
Infection Control Yes
Surgical Followup Yes
Psychiatric Care Yes
Clinical Management Yes
Other Specialties Yes
Updated: 19 Aug 2015
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
Carer Support Yes
Subsidised Yes
Booking can be made in advance Yes
Updated: 19 Aug 2015
Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes
Single Rooms Yes
Rooms suitable for a couple Yes
Ensuite Yes
Pets In Residence Yes
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes
Lounges/seating areas Yes
Primary Health Funded Short Term Care Yes
Provide End of Life/Palliative Care Yes
Outings Yes
Whānau Room Yes
Residents Committee Yes
Family Committee Yes
Newsletter Yes
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Confused Residents Yes
Rural Setting Yes
Updated: 19 Aug 2015
Special Features
Special Features
Caring for someone with dementia requires specialised knowledge - staff members in Mackay Unit have that knowledge and qualifications.

Residents relive old memories with appropriate activities and facilities.
Updated: 19 Aug 2015
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Residents are encouraged to be independent and to take part in a wide range of activities, depending on what suits them on any given day.

A local child-care centre operates one day a week from Iona, and residents love to watch them play; sometimes joining in the music sessions.

The large secure outdoor courtyard is a popular place for residents to spend time - some even garden.
Updated: 19 Aug 2015
Additional Information
Additional Information
Topic Details
Details about meals All meals are cooked fresh daily in our kitchen at Iona, taking into account personal and individual preferences
Updated: 20 Aug 2018
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
English Yes
Fijian Indian Yes
Filipino Yes Including Bisaya
Hindi Yes
Malayalam Yes
Māori - Te Reo Yes
Tagalog Yes
Tongan Yes
Other Information Yes Enliven Services are proud to employ many international staff. We are therefore able to offer a variety of languages, which do change and increase from time-to-time
Updated: 30 Aug 2018
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Inter denominational Yes
Updated: 19 Aug 2015
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
National Certificate in Diversional Therapy Yes Our Activities staff are able to complete the Community facilitation apprenticeship - Diversional therapy strand level 4. This qualification supercedes National Certificate in Diversional Therapy level 4
Aged Care Association New Zealand (ACA) Yes
New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) Yes
Registered Retirement Village? Yes Columba Court on South Hill at Oamaru is a small retirement village of seven units
Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA) Yes
Other details Yes The Enliven Principles of Activity, Contribution, Choice, Relationships, Respect and Security underpins all services at Iona
Aged Care Association New Zealand (ACA) Registered Retirement Village? Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA)
Updated: 20 Aug 2018

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