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Vacancy
Yes
Name
Okere House
Category
Dementia Care (Secure environment)
Address
35 Treadwell Street
Springvale
Wanganui 4501
Postal Address
35 Treadwell Street, Springvale, Wanganui
DHB
Whanganui
Phone
(06) 348 4857
Fax
(06) 348 4813
Email
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Personnel
Manager
Tracy Thompson - (06) 348 4857
Owner
Alistair Austin - (06) 348 4857
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Description
Our aim is:
To form a partnership with our residents to ensure their independence, privacy, dignity, cultural and religious needs are met as individuals.
To provide assistance and direction in enabling them to meet their daily needs and maintain a high quality of life.
Service/Facility Details
DetailStatus
Contract with DHBYes
CertificationYes
Additional Room CostsNo
Updated: 14 Mar 2012
Bed and Vacancy Details
DetailStatus
Approximate number of beds at this level of care25
Long term vacancyYes
Short term vacancyYes
18/03/2014
We provide long term dementia care, short term Respite and Day Care. We have a group of people who come in for regular daycare and respite care every week. Our current occupancy represents the long term occupied beds. Day care and respite bed occupancy numbers fluctuate and are based on when family need support and a break from their commitment to the family member.
Impending vacancyYes
Updated: 24 Apr 2017
Personnel
TypeHours Per WeekStatusDetails
Registered Nurse Yes Two full time Registered Nurses are in charge of the clinical care of residents at Okere House. These staff are trained to understand the special needs of residents suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and related Dementia.
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers Yes All the Caregivers at Okere House have completed or currently undergoing training on Specialised Aged Care & Dementia related illnesses.
Physiotherapist Yes This service is available on request. Massage services are available at a very reasonable price.
Occupational Therapist Yes This service is available on request.
Own Social Worker Yes A Social Worker can be arranged on behalf of the resident or family.
Diversional Therapist No Our recreation programme is run by Activity Officers with experience in assisting residents in reaching their maximum level of independence and mobility.
Activities Co-ordinator Yes The Activity Officers are currently training to provide a variety of suitable and diverse activities for our residents individual needs. Outings in the van are always enjoyed and visits to other rest homes to join in social ocassions.
Hairdresser Yes The hairdresser attends every 3-4 weeks for hair cuts, shampoos and sets. Perms also available. Staff liase with family members to accommodate these.
Podiatrist Yes The Podiatrist attends every month to attend to residents foot care needs. Staff liase with family members to accommodate these.
Dietitian Yes Menus are assessed by a Dietician to ensure they meet the needs of our residents and provide a variety of healthy home cooked food. Special dietary needs are catered for under Dietician guidance.
Accredited Visitors Yes Available on request.
Kaumatua Yes Kaumatua can attend Okere House when requested by residents or families, the staff work closely with residents and families to accommodate these visits.
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes A monthly church service is held Okere House and some residents like to attend these Services, which families are also wecome. Support and assistance is provided as required.
Updated: 29 Apr 2014
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of ExpertiseStatusDetails
Specialised Dementia Care Yes Specialist service
Other Nursing Specialities Yes Access to other specialist services are available through our local hospital.
Updated: Unknown
Respite & Carer Support/Short Stay
Respite & Carer Support/Short StayStatusDetails
Respite Yes
Carer Support or other Short Stay Yes
Advance bookings taken Yes
Subsidised service Yes
Updated: 12 Mar 2012
Features
FeatureStatusDetails
Under 65 yrs with Disability Yes We also cater for those under 65 years of age who suffer from Dementia or other related disorders
Day Care Yes Day Care is a great way for families to have a short break to get chores attended to or enjoy some time out
Whanau Room Yes As a family member or close friend you may need to or wish to stay overnight if your relative in our care is particularly unwell or unsettled. This can be arranged by discussing your needs with the Manager who may arrange this in our "whanau/meeting"room
Rooms (Single) Yes All rooms have hand basins.
Rooms (Shared) No Considerable renovations have been undertaken during 2011. With the exception of one shared room, all our bedrooms are now single occupancy rooms. Five double sized rooms are popular with new residents who are able to have a lazyboy chair & table etc.
Rooms (Suit Couple) Yes If appropriate as the double rooms are large enough to fit a Queen sized bed and furniture.
Ensuite No However there are hand basins in all rooms.
May Bring Own Furniture Yes We believe that our residents individuality and, where possible, their independence is the key to happiness and contentment. Therefore we encourage you to bring personal items with you to make the room feel like home.
Alcohol Permitted Yes Available, when provided by families, after discussion with Manager and General Practitioner.
Pets In Residence Yes One lovely cat graces us with her presence
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes Yes
Phone Access In Own Room Yes A Portable phone is accessible so that the resident may choose a quiet private, area to take calls.
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes Thermostatically controlled heating is installed throughout the facility to ensure that the home environment is pleasant for all residents. These controls are available in all residents bedrooms rooms and communal areas.
Maori Kaupapa Yes Staff work closely with families and to individual care plans, to ensure that cultural needs of residents are met, following discussion.
Residents Committee Yes As many residents have a challenge in expressing themselves, the family are encouraged to attend monthly meetings on behalf of their loved one.
Family Committee Yes Our resident and family meetings are an essential part of the Okere House. We have an open door policy and encourages families and community groups to drop in any time for a chat.
Newsletter Yes A newsletter / minutes from the monthly resident & family meets are sent to all families and community groups linked into Okere House
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes Behaviour can be upsetting for others. Staff may divert the resident away from the situation. All staff have specific training. Indivivdual Behavoiural care plans are followed.Quiet spaces are available for those who wish to have quiet time.
Confused Residents Yes The Home provides a secure environment to keep the residents safe from harm. Residents are able to wander anywhere in the Home or the pretty garden at their will.
Lounges/seating areas Yes A choice of lounges are available for residents use. This includes a quiet room suitable for family visits.
Outings Yes Depending on the activity program for the week but outings in the van would usually occur twice per week.
Rural Setting No But lovely big trees in the garden with lawn and gardens provides a lovely outdoor space which all residents can access at any time.
Smokers Room Yes A designated area outside under cover is available.
Smoking Permitted Yes Only in the designated area.
Semi-Secure Yes Fully secure. This ensures that the residents in our care are unable to wander off-site unaccompanied. An enclosed safe garden area allows residents to move in and out of the facility for fresh air and exercise as they wish.
Sprinklers Yes Fully sprinklered with smoke detectors.
Audit report available Yes This is available on the Ministry of Health Web site and the facility manager is happy to discuss Audit outcomes with families at their request
Updated: 14 Feb 2012
Special Features
We encourage you to visit and inspect our home. The Manager is very happy to answer any questions and discuss any concerns or ideas you may have.

Admission to a stage 3 facility will be on the advise of your doctor following a consultation and an extensive medical assessment. It is important that you obtain this assessment, often called a “SNAF” assessment prior to admission as this indicates your care requirements. This can be arranged by your GP or Service for the Elderly at Good Health Wanganui.
Updated: 17 Dec 2009
Interests & Activities
We believe that by keeping the mind and body active, a better quality of life is maintained. At the home entertainment, recreation and activities are facilitated for that purpose.

Activities are designed to meet the needs of the residents with an emphasis on maintaining independence and life skills. We will also endeavour to assist you in maintaining any hobbies or interests you have. For many residents we provide the opportunity to pick up on interests long since forgotten but still enjoyable.

A wide range of activities are provided, from sing-a-longs to outdoor games, visiting pets and many others.

Weather permitting, outings are organised approximately twice weekly to local shops, parks, beaches, and attractions.

(See listing below for other interests)

Alzheimer's Society (regularly and other organisations such as Arthritis society, Blind Foundation, Parkinson's Society, Age Concern on request), Senior Citizens (coffee morning once a week), Art, Cards, Church, Cooking, Craft, Dancing, Exercises, Garden (large fenced garden area with handrails), Happy Hour (once a month), Interdenominational church services, Bowls (indoor & outdoor), Library (and access to local library), Massage (hand and feet weekly), Movies/Videos, Music (CD's Tapes), Newspaper reading (daily), Quizzes (weekly), Shopping (weekly), Activity programme
Updated: 17 Dec 2009
Additional Information
TopicDetails
Details re Meals A wide range of diets are catered for in our kitchen at the home. We concentrate on good old-fashioned home cooking and encourage comments and suggestions. Breakfast (8am), dinner (12pm) and tea (6pm) are served in the dining rooms. Morning tea, afternoon tea and supper are served between main meals. An extra afternoon tea is provided at 4pm and ice-blocks are offered on hot days.
Staffing Details The care delivered at the home is overseen by our Registered Nurse with extensive experience. She works closely with residents GP’s to ensure their needs are tended to. Our trained caregivers have a special empathy with the residents. Local General Practitioners provide our medical support, each holding clinics at the home at regular intervals, as well as providing 24 hour cover for emergencies. You are welcome to keep your own GP if you wish. Alternatively you may wish to choose a new doctor from the list of GP’s currently attending our residents at Okere House. We have a close relationship with both medical and nursing staff at the local hospitals and medical centres. The Registered Nurse in charge and her staff are trained to understand the special needs of residents suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias.
Fees Details/Fees Do Not Include There are extra charges made for some things such as Podiatrist, hairdresser, dentist, optician. These are discussed with family prior to any charges. Please see the Manager for further information.
Updated: 11 Jul 2011
Languages Spoken
LanguageStatusDetails
English Yes
Filipino Yes
Maori - Te Reo Yes Some staff
Updated: 12 Mar 2012
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual AffiliationsStatusDetails
Inter denominational Yes
Updated: Unknown
Distances
LocationDistanceDetails
Public Transport 0.25 km Bus stop in street.
Shops 0.70 km .7km Springvale Dairy - 1.6km Fitzherbert Ave Shopping Centre
Mall 3.40 km 3.4km Trafalgar Square Shopping Centre
Parks 1.00 km 1km Springvale Park - 4km Kowhai Park
Library 3.30 km Wanganui District Library
Updated: 18 May 2011
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & MembershipStatusDetails
CareerForce Yes All new staff are now obtaining qualifications thru CareerForce.
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Yes
CareerForce New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA)
Updated: 11 Jan 2017

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