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101 Thousand Acre Road
Oamaru 9492
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101 Thousand Acre Road
Oamaru 9492
Southern (Otago)
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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 wonderful 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 and yet we are in a lovely rural setting which we celebrate with having several farm animals and expansive vegetable gardens in which our 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 are the proud winners of the 2020 NZ Aged Care Association's 'Small Operator Industry Award' which is an award that recognises the 'outstanding work of smaller operators in the NZ Aged Residential Care industry in caring for, supporting and enriching the lives of residents, their families and staff'.
We have been granted 4-year Certification in our most recent Ministry of Health Audit in February 2022 which reflects the excellent level of care provided to our residents.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Detail Status
Contract with Te Whatu Ora Yes
Certification Yes
ORA Applies No

Updated: 31 May 2023

Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Detail Status
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 24
Vacancy Yes
Impending vacancy No
Short stay considered Yes
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 No

Updated: 12 Jul 2024

“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 standards."

"Such a great caring staff and I appreciate the teamwork atmosphere."

"Fantastic care. Friendly. Family atmosphere."

"The care and service we receive from Southanjer cannot be faulted. We are made to feel at home when we visit and Mum has a very high level of care."

"Clean. Wonderful team. Beautiful fresh meals."

"Amazing care and love given."

"We think your staff provide a very caring and loving environment for my mum to live in. We are very grateful and cannot speak too highly of Southanjer and all the lovely carers who work there. Thank you so much."

"I cannot fault the service Southanjer staff provide to Mum and her family. They are always friendly, helpful and professional. I am always made to feel welcome. The staff have looked after her so well... I am very grateful for the wonderful care they provide. "

Updated: 10 Jun 2024

Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse Yes We have a team of experienced and passionate RNs who are available 24/7.
Nurse Practitioner Negotiable We can easily access nurse practitioners through the hospital system as required.
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers Yes We have an experienced team 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.
Occupational Therapist Negotiable Available through the hospital as required.
Social Worker (on site) Negotiable Available through the hospital as required.
Diversional Therapist Yes Kerri is our wonderful registered Diversional Therapist who loves assisting our residents to live their best lives.
Activities Co-ordinator Yes We have a 7-day activities team and program.
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 theirs or their families request.
Podiatrist Yes Visits every 4 weeks and also as required. Fully covered by Southanjer at no extra charge.
Dietitian Yes Oversees the amazing menu and available to review residents as required.
Kaumatua Negotiable Organised as required.
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 Jun 2024

Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise Status Details
Oxygen Management Yes We have oxygen concentrators available for use as prescribed.
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 when indicated.
Infection Control Yes
Surgical Followup Yes
Clinical Management Yes

Updated: 10 Jun 2024

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 Please contact Belinda directly for further information on 021 229 0707 or email belinda@southanjer.co.nz
Carer Support Yes We provide Day Care with a pick up and drop off service as required. Please contact Belinda directly for further information on 021 229 0707 or email belinda@southanjer.co.nz
Other Short Stay Programme Yes Please contact Belinda directly for further information on 021 229 0707 or email belinda@southanjer.co.nz
Subsidised Yes
Private Paying Yes
Booking can be made in advance Yes

Updated: 10 Jun 2024

Feature Status Details
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 with lovely furniture that we have available.
Single Rooms Yes Handbasins in several of the rooms
Alcohol Permitted Yes Supervised.
Pets In Residence Yes We have a golden retriever - Winston - who visits regularly. There are also chooks, pigs, cattle and lambs in spring!
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 different indoor seating areas, one of which is a quiet area. There is lots of places to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful and expansive garden that is available for the residents use.
Provide End of Life/Palliative Care Yes
Day Programme for day stay clients Yes
Outings Yes We have a passionate activities team that love getting out and about into the community - All Day Bay, the circus, cafes, the A&P show and ten pin bowling to name a few 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, when often our residents can't.
Confused Residents Yes Specialised dementia care service. Our staff are experienced in caring for confused residents.
Rural Setting Yes Only 3 km to Oamaru and with an amazing rural outlook that sets us apart from anyone else - the best of both worlds!
Smoking Permitted Yes This is in designated areas outside and under staff supervision.
Semi-Secure No Our home is a secure dementia unit.

Updated: 10 Jun 2024

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 that the residents can help to manage if they are interested and can select delicious home-grown vegetables for lunch! A ‘memorial tree garden’ has been planted at the front of the home and plaques have been placed in memory of residents who have passed away from Northanjer or Southanjer. 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. We believe in open communication and are in regular contact with our families to keep everyone in the loop.

Our personalised care is achieved by having an exceptional, passionate and caring team- Most of our team have been with us for over 5 years, with lots having been here for 10 years +. We are committed to providing staff education (both in-house and externally) in order for our team to continuously learn and improve our care. Our manager Belinda is a registered physiotherapist with post-graduate experience in neurorehabilitation.

Southanjer has a 4-year (48 month) certification for our most recent Ministry of Health Audit which proves that this wonderful home provides the best care for our loved residents.

Updated: 10 Jun 2024

Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Our wonderful Activities Programme is run 7 days per week by our passionate activities team and is led by Kerri who is a fully-qualified diversional therapist.

Updated: 10 Jun 2024

Additional Information
Additional Information
Topic Details
What's included in your fees and what's not We do not have any premium charging at Southanjer.
Staffing qualifications and details We work hard to ensure that our team are happy, supported and look forward to coming to work. Many of our team have been at Southanjer for over 10 years. Our team are encouraged and supported to continue with ongoing learning in order for our residents to receive the best possible care.
Details about meals Our meals and baking are all created on site - we have amazing and passionate cooks who all lovingly produce amazing food on a daily basis.
Associated Complexes Northanjer Rest Home is owned by and managed by the same people.

Updated: 10 Jun 2024

Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
English Yes
Fijian Yes We have team members who are fluent.
Samoan Yes We have team members who are fluent.
Other Information Yes Interpreters would be arranged as required or indicated.

Updated: 10 Jun 2024

Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Inter denominational Yes
(Other comments) Yes We support our residents in the practice of their own faith as long as it does not infringe on the rights of other people.

Updated: 10 Jun 2024

Location Distance Details
Public Transport 3.00 Km Visitors without transport are able to be transported by arrangement. We 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 on 021 229 0707 to come and have a look around!
Library 3.00 Km In Oamaru township. We also have several books on site.

Updated: 10 Jun 2024

Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
Care Association New Zealand Yes
National Certificate in Diversional Therapy Yes
Aged Care Association New Zealand (ACA) Yes We received the NZACA 'Small Operator Industry' award in 2020!
Police checked Yes
Care Association New Zealand Aged Care Association New Zealand (ACA)

Updated: 10 Jun 2024

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