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Dementia Care (Secure)
Thousand Acre Rd. 6D RD
Oamaru 9492
Postal Address
101 Thousand Acre Road
Oamaru 9492
Southern (Otago)
(03) 434 8841
03) 434 2130
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Belinda Blackler - 0212290707
Glenhays Ltd
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At Southanjer, we strive to provide the most home-like environment for all of our residents. We treat our residents as the individuals that they are, and ensure to always treat them with respect and dignity. We are situated only 5 minutes from beautiful Oamaru but in a lovely rural setting which we celebrate with having several farm animals and expansive vegetable gardens in which the residents can help to manage. We are the only facility in Oamaru that offers only dementia level care and our team are passionate and extremely proficient in the care that they provide.
We have been granted 4-year Certification in our most recent Ministry of Health Audit which reflects the excellent level of care provided to our residents.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 25 Sep 2015
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 24
Vacancy Soon
Impending vacancy Yes
Premium Room Charges No
MOH Certification and Audit Report View MOH certification and audit report (opens in a new tab)
Updated: 17 Jul 2020
“We are thrilled with Mum’s level of care and impressed with how loving and professional the management and staff are. You all seem to go the extra mile and the result is a lovely, big family home where everyone is welcome. It is a pleasure to visit Mum in such an environment and a testament to you all that she is a lot happier and her wellness has improved 100%. Thank you.”

“Have always found all staff/management excellent at communicating, easy to approach and friendly to deal with. The atmosphere is welcoming and fun, despite people’s needs. Great that people come to help with activities/singing/church service etc to encourage interaction.”

“I love that I can pop in whenever and Dad looks so happy”

“The garden is one of the real assets to the home, so great to see the upkeep being kept up. It’s a lovely place to hang out in summer.”

"Cater to individual tastes and needs extremely well - the food is always so tasteful."

"Love you all. Doing special work making you angels cleverly disguised as humans."

"Thank you for providing a supportive, loving environment for Mum – BBQ was a real treat and enjoyed the family meeting. Appreciate the involvement and extra work you all do to ensure an inclusive environment."

"I haven’t been in or nursed in a home of such care and high standard."

"Such a great caring staff and I appreciate the teamwork atmosphere."
Updated: 10 Oct 2019
TypeHours Per WeekStatusDetails
Registered Nurse Yes We have 2 experienced RN's who are available 24/7.
Nurse Practitioner Negotiable Available through the hospital as required.
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers Yes We have an experienced staff who are passionate about what they do - many have been at Southanjer for more that 10 years.
Physiotherapist Yes Belinda (Manager) is a registered Physiotherapist with post-graduate experience in neurorehabilitation. She provides Physiotherapy as required for our residents. She lives on-site.
Occupational Therapist Negotiable Available through the hospital as required.
Social Worker (on site) No Available through the hospital as required.
Diversional Therapist Yes Fully qualified Diversional Therapist.
Activities Co-ordinator Yes 7-day activities program provided.
Hairdresser Yes Both a mens' and a ladies' hairdresser come regularly and appointments can be made to suit each individual. Alternatively, residents can be taken to appointments at their or their families request.
Podiatrist Yes Visits every 4 weeks and also as required. Fully covered by Southanjer at no extra charge.
Dietitian Yes Available through the hospital as required. Oversees the menu.
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes A variety of religious denominations provide services at Southanjer, and we are happy to arrange services to suit your or your loved ones needs.
Other Personnel Yes Residents may choose to keep their own GP - all GP's in Oamaru are happy and welcome to come to Southanjer.
Updated: 10 Oct 2019
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of ExpertiseStatusDetails
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes
Wound Care Yes
Diabetic Care Yes
Continence Advice Yes
Stomal Therapy Yes
Stroke Rehabilitation Yes Belinda has her Post-graduate Certificate in Neurorehabilitation (Physiotherapy) and uses these skills as required.
Infection Control Yes
Surgical Followup Yes
Clinical Management Yes
Updated: 12 Sep 2019
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short StayStatusDetails
Respite Yes Please contact Belinda directly for further information.
Carer Support Yes We provide Day Care with a pick up and drop off service. Please contact Belinda directly for further information.
Subsidised Yes
Private Paying Yes
Booking can be made in advance Yes
Updated: 12 Sep 2019
May Bring Own Furniture Yes Residents are encouraged to bring their own furniture and things to make their rooms as homely as possible. If they don't wish to use their own, then we are happy to fully furnish their room.
Single Rooms Yes Handbasins in most rooms.
Alcohol Permitted Yes Supervised.
Pets In Residence Yes We have a golden retriever - Winston - who visits the rest home from the manager's residence on site. There are also 6 chickens, 2 pigs, 6 cattle and soon to be some lambs!
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes
Phone Access In Own Room Yes Cordless phone is available.
Wifi Yes Free Wifi.
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes Thermastatically controlled. Residents may lower the setting if they feel too warm and our staff help to monitor appropriate temperatures.
Cater for under 65 yrs with Disability Yes
Lounges/seating areas Yes There are three seating areas, one of which is a quiet area.
Provide End of Life/Palliative Care Yes
Day Programme for day stay clients Yes We provide Day Care with a pick up and drop off service. Please contact us for information.
Outings Yes We have a passionate activities team that love getting out and about into the community - the circus, Mamma Mia, cafes, the A&P show, ten pin bowling to name a few recent outings!
Family Committee Yes All of our families are part of the Southanjer family and we believe that a big part of our role is to support the families. We have regular BBQs and afternoon teas for the families, and provide an open-door policy for communication.
Newsletter Yes Bi-annual newsletters are sent to families.
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes We believe that a caregiver can change the way they are managing a situation, our resident can't. We have a policy of using medication only as a last resort.
Confused Residents Yes Specialised dementia care service. Our staff are experienced in caring for confused residents.
Rural Setting Yes Only 3 km to Oamaru township and with a rural outlook - the best of both worlds!
Smoking Permitted Yes This is in designated areas outside and under staff supervision.
Semi-Secure No Our facility is a secure dementia unit.
Updated: 10 Oct 2019
Special Features
Special Features
The rural setting is a fantastic point of difference for Southanjer- we have 6 cattle, 2 pigs, 6 chickens, 1 golden retriever and 4 extensive vegetable gardens underway that the residents can help to manage if they are interested. A ‘memorial tree garden’ has been planted at the front of the home and plaques will be placed in memory of residents who have passed away. The view is amazing and includes the rural landscape and mountain ranges. Visitors often comment that they can’t believe such a wonderful and restful setting can only be 5 minutes from town.

We believe that a big part of our role is to support the families of our residents and have regular family BBQs, afternoon teas and meetings. Families are always encouraged to come along to outings if they are available.

Our personalised care is achieved by having exceptional, passionate and caring staff - Most of our staff have been with us for over 5 years, with half having been here for 10 years +. We are committed to providing staff education (both in-house and externally) in order for our staff to continuously learn and improve our care. Our manager Belinda is a registered physiotherapist with post-graduate experience in neurorehabilitation. She lives on site with her husband Tim, who helps to manage Southanjer and both are on-call as required.

Southanjer has a 4-year (48 month) certification for their most recent Ministry of Health Audit which proves that this wonderful home provides the best care for their loved residents.
Updated: 12 Sep 2019
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Our Activities Programme is run 7 days per week by our passionate activities team and is led by a fully-qualified diversional therapist.
Updated: 12 Sep 2019
Additional Information
Additional Information
Details about Meals Our meals and baking are all created on site - we have amazing and passionate cooks led by Rose, who all lovingly produce amazing food on a daily basis.
Staffing Qualifications and Details We work hard to ensure that our staff are happy, supported and look forward to coming to work. Many of our staff have been at Southanjer for over 10 years. Our staff are encouraged and supported to continue with ongoing learning in order for our residents to receive the best possible care.
Associated Complexes Northanjer Rest Home.
What's included in your fees and what's not We do not charge any premiums at Southanjer.
Updated: 10 Oct 2019
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
English Yes
Updated: 16 Nov 2017
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual AffiliationsStatusDetails
Christian Yes
Denominations/Faiths represented Yes
Inter denominational Yes
Non denominational Yes
Presbyterian Yes
Roman Catholic Yes
Updated: 4 Apr 2012
Public Transport 3.00 km Visitors without transport are able to be transported by arrangement. We can provide transport for residents for out of town appointments.
Shops 3.00 km
Mall 0.00 km
Parks 0.00 km Our park-like setting is on-site! We have planted a 'memorial tree garden' and have a lovely area that family and friends are welcome to visit in the 'resident recreational area'. Please give Belinda a call to come and have a look around!
Library 3.00 km In Oamaru township. We also have several books on site.
Updated: 12 Sep 2019
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RCStatusDetails
Care Association New Zealand Yes
CareerForce Yes
National Certificate in Diversional Therapy Yes
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Yes
Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available. Yes
Care Association New Zealand CareerForce New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available.
Updated: 12 Sep 2019

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