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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 Brown - (03) 434 8841
Glenhays Ltd
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At Southanjer we strive to provide the most home-like environment possible 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 the only facility in Oamaru that offers only dementia level care. We believe that ongoing education and learning for our staff is extremely important in providing our residents with the best care available.
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 Yes
Impending vacancy No
Additional Room CostsNo
MOH Certification and Audit Report View MOH certification and audit report (opens in a new tab)
Updated: 24 Jul 2019
“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 (and now new manager) 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.”
Updated: 15 Nov 2017
TypeHours Per WeekStatusDetails
Registered Nurse Yes On call 24 hours.
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers Yes We have an experienced staff- many have been at Southanjer for more that 10 years.
Physiotherapist Yes Belinda (Manager) is a registered Physiotherapist and provides Physiotherapy as required for our residents.
Occupational Therapist Negotiable
Diversional Therapist Yes Fully qualified Diversional Therapist Consultant and one staff member training to become a Diversional Therapist
Activities Co-ordinator Yes Daily Activities programme-7 Days per week
Hairdresser Yes Both a mens' and a ladies' hairdresser come regularly and appointments can be made to suit each individual.
Podiatrist Yes Visits every 4 weeks and also when required.
Dietitian Negotiable
Accredited Visitors Negotiable
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Negotiable Attends twice a month.
Other Personnel Yes Residents may choose to use their own GP.
Updated: 15 Nov 2017
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
Infection Control Yes
Surgical Followup Yes
Psychiatric Care Yes
Clinical Management Yes
Other Specialties Yes
Updated: 25 Sep 2015
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short StayStatusDetails
Respite Yes
Carer Support Yes We provide Day Care with a pick up and drop off service. Please contact us for information.
Subsidised Yes
Private Paying Yes
Booking can be made in advance Yes You can book with us in advance if we have a bed available.
Updated: 16 Nov 2017
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 necessary items are supplied - bed, bedside lamp, commode-chair, tallboy, bedroom chair & wardrobe.
Single Rooms Yes Handbasins in most rooms.
Alcohol Permitted Yes Supervised. Wine and beer are served once a week at happy hour.
Pets In Residence Yes We currently have a pet lamb 'Poppy'
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes
Phone Access In Own Room Yes Cordless phone is available. Residents pay for toll calls.
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 Regular van rides once a week on Mondays or Thursdays and more if interest is shown!
Family Committee No However we do provide individualised, written feedback to the family about their relative.Family meetings are held. We also have an open door policy and family can contact us for information whenever they require.
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 drugs 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 however only in designated areas outside and under staff supervision.
Semi-Secure No Our facility is a secure dementia unit.
Updated: 18 Jan 2018
Special Features
Special Features
The rural setting is a fantastic point of difference for Southanjer- a development is underway which involves a pig sty and chicken coup for other animals to join our resident lamb ‘Poppy’ in order to give our farm-interested residents access to animals.

We have an open-door policy at Southanjer and encourage input from friends and family to help us to provide those extra touches for your relative.

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 and lives on site and is on-call as required.

Internal and external audits are carried out to ensure that all aspects of our care remain exceptionally high and areas for improvement are consistently identified.
Updated: 16 Nov 2017
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Our Activities Programme is run 7 days per week by our passionate activities team. The programme is overseen by a fully qualified Diversional Therapist and we have another staff member working towards her Diversional Therapy Qualification.
Updated: 16 Nov 2017
Additional Information
Additional Information
Details about Meals Meals are cooked on the premises. We have a menu that has been approved by a dietitian.
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 have information sheets available for new residents one of which indicates what your fees cover. For further information please contact the management.
Updated: 16 Nov 2017
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
Library 3.00 km In Oamaru township. We have several books on site.
Updated: 18 Jan 2018
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RCStatusDetails
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Yes
Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available. Yes
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available.
Updated: 4 Apr 2012

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