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Te Wiremu House Lifecare
Dementia Care (Secure)
621 Aberdeen Rd
Te Hapara
Gisborne 4010
(06) 867 5817
(06) 867 6934
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Lynette Stankovich - 06 867 5817
Heritage Lifecare Group
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Te Wiremu House Lifecare (part of Heritage lifecare) strives to deliver high quality Christian based services to the elderly
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
Updated: 9 May 2012
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 24
Vacancy Yes
Out of town residents welcome.
Impending vacancy Yes - Out of town residents welcome
Additional Room CostsNo
Updated: 20 Jun 2018
TypeHours Per WeekStatusDetails
Registered Nurse Yes Rostered 24 hours a day. As at November 2014 two Charge RN's are at Expert Level Professional Recognition Program.
Enrolled Nurse Yes All Enrolled Nurses have completed EN Transition program and are very experienced. As at December 2014 the EN is at Expert Level Professional Recognition Program.
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers Yes Mandatory requirement to complete orientation and specified training. CareerForce program is provided on site and must be completed within 18 months, after completion of orientation. Team leaders are also available
Physiotherapist Negotiable May be accessed via Tairawhiti DHB or privately.
Occupational Therapist Negotiable May be accessed via Tairawhiti DHB
Diversional Therapist Yes Hours are variable, dementia residents often join the Rest Home for specified activities. Individualised programs are prepared. Three staff hold Diversional Therapy qualifications.
Activities Co-ordinator Yes See Diversional Therapists detailed above. Programs are also available weekends.
Hairdresser Yes Weekly and as negotiated. This is a very popular service. A Hair salon is provided on site.
Podiatrist Yes Visits weekly. The Podiatrist is highly skilled, and also provides training to staff.
Dietitian Negotiable Menus are auditted annually. Facility kitchen/food service is managed by experienced staff.
Kaumatua Yes After discussions with residents, staff and whanau we act accordingly. Te Wiremu House is also supported by Tikanga Maori, or Te Pihopatanga Clergy and Minita a Iwi.
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor 9+ Yes Here on Mon, Wed and Fridays for 2 - 3 hrs per day. Can attend as required. Pastoral and Chaplaincy care offered. We offer ecumenical spiritual care. Maori services are also available
Other Personnel Yes Special attention is offered to War Veterans and ex Service personnel. A specialist War Veteran Advocate is available
Updated: 12 Mar 2018
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of ExpertiseStatusDetails
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes Te Wiremu is an approved Liverpool Care Pathway provider
Gastronomy/Nasogastric Management Yes
Oxygen Management Yes
Surgical Followup Yes
Wound Care Yes As required through Gisborne Hospital
Diabetic Care Yes As required through Gisborne Hospital
Continence Advisor Yes As required through Gisborne Hospital
Infection Control Yes As required through Gisborne Hospital
Stomal Therapist Yes As required through Gisborne Hospital
Psychiatric Care Yes As required through Gisborne Hospital
Stroke Rehabilitation Yes
Tracheotomy Care Yes
Dialysis Yes
Primary Rural Health Care Yes
Specialised Dementia Care Yes
Gerontological Care Yes
Urology Yes
Community Health Yes
Clinical Manager Yes Highly experienced
Other Nursing Specialities Yes As required through Gisborne Hospital
Psychologist Yes As required through Gisborne Hospital
Psychiatrist No As required through Gisborne Hospital
Updated: 5 Dec 2014
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
Subsidised Yes
Private Paying Yes
Booking can be made in advance Yes
Updated: 5 Jun 2013
Under 65 yrs with Disability Yes
Day Care Yes
Primary Health Funded Short Term Care Yes
Palliative Care Contract No However after consulation with the GP, Gisborne's Palliative care team are often involved.
Other End of Life/Palliative Care Yes Te Wiremu House is an approved Liverpool Care Pathway provider
Whanau Room Yes Several small lounges which families are welcome to use. A room is available for families to gather and have private time or stay the night if their loved one is palliative.
Rooms (Single) Yes
Rooms (Suit Couple) Yes Double rooms available for couples
Ensuite Yes
May Bring Own Furniture Yes
Alcohol Permitted Yes Under supervision only
Pets In Residence Yes A much loved cat
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes
Maori Kaupapa Yes Strong support from staff, Tikanga Maori Anglican Church, Maori Clergy, Minita a Iwi,iwi and whanau.
Residents Committee Yes
Family Committee No Family involvement is strongly encouraged and supported
Newsletter Yes
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Confused Residents Yes
Lounges/seating areas Yes
Outings Yes Under supervision
Rural Setting No However, we have lovely grounds and views of the hills.
Smoking Permitted Yes For residents only, in designated areas. Te Wiremu House is a Staff Smoke Free environment.
Semi-Secure No Totally secure
Sprinklers Yes
Audit report available Yes See on line, and or request through Manager
Updated: 24 Apr 2017
Special Features
Special Features
The brief history

The land for Te Wiremu in Aberdeen Road Gisbome was bought in 1957 for the sum of two thousand one hundred and thirty seven pounds by the J.N. Williams Memorial Trust specifically for an Anglican Retirement Home.

In December that year funds were granted by the Anglican Archdeaconry, the Diocese and the J.N. Williams Memorial Trust making it possible for building to begin.

Early in 1960 the Home which cared for 25 residents was opened by Bishop Norman Lesser and the foundation stone was laid by Mrs H.B. Williams. In 1976 it was decided to add a new wing to accommodate another 8 residents and to up-grade the kitchen and dining room.

The next extension came in 1988 when, thanks to a generous grant from the J.N. Williams Memorial Trust, another 11 rooms and a large sun room were added to the Home.

The newly upgraded rooms ensure that we provide the elderly of Gisbome with the best of care in modern pleasant surroundings.
In 1993 the kitchen and dining room were upgraded and the entry and administration areas were also extended and refurbished.
A commercial grade kitchen & designated Staff training room were opened in 2011,with the support of the Bruere Trust.

Since November 1992 Te Wiremu has taken over the administration of the Arohaina Retirement Village 3 km down Aberdeen Road, from the Home. This extended our facilities to include independent life-style units (which are purchased on a licence to occupy basis).

In 2011, with the assistance of The Bruere Trust, The Bruere Retirement village was opened next to Te Wiremu House. This Village has 3 high quality Retirement Units. In 2012 the Bruere GP clinic was opened on site.

Commencing 5 June 2013 Local GP Dr David Belfield holds weekly clinics at Te Wiremu House. This was an initiative to provide improved clinical care for residents. Dr Belfield is a well respected GP in the district, and is well known to many residents and families at Te Wiremu House

Currently working from De Lautour Medical in Kaiti, Dr Belfield advocates continuity of care being good for patients and doctors, the family Dr as the first point of contact for health needs and building relationships over time between patient and Doctor.

Dr Belfield has a special interest in treating the elderly and also dealing with War Veterans.


Our Dementia Unit was custom built and completed in July 2000. It is very spacious with large lounges, walking areas and a secure garden.
Staff all have specific training in caring for residents with Dementia.
Updated: 5 Dec 2014
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Activity programme is managed by an experienced and qualified Diversional Therapist, including evenings and weekends with an Activities Officer. Te Wiremu also supports the Spark of Life program, has a suite of programes specifically dementia toolkit, and appropriate to Dementia care. Residents are able to attend integrated programs with other Rest Home residents, and special events.
Activities include - BBQ, Big print books, Aromatherapy, Art, Board games, Bowls, Cards, Children, Church, Classical Music, Concerts, Cooking, Crafts, Dancing, Entertainers, Entertainment, Exercises, Games, Garden, Gardening, Indoor Games, Jigsaw, Massage, Movies, Music, Outings, Parties, Pianist, Religious services, Sing-a-longs, Visitors, Theme parties, etc. A Disability Van is also available for outings.

Regular contact with - Age Concern, Alzheimer's Society, Arthritis society, local Veterans Association, RSA
Updated: 8 Dec 2014
Additional Information
Additional Information
Details re Meals All meals are cooked on site, a four week menu provides a varied and nutritionally balanced diet. Personal preferences are taken into account. The menu is audited annually by a Registered Dietician. Kitchen/food services are managed by a qualified Chef.
Staffing Details A staff of 75-80 work mainly on a part time basis to care for our 90 residents. As well as nurses, caregivers, activities officers,gardeners, maintenance and grounds staff,cleaners, Cooks/kitchen assitants and administrators there are also visiting specialists i.e.; physiotherapist, occupational therapists and podiatrists. A hairdresser also visits weekly. Te Wiremu is fortunate to have a strong & large team of volunteers who provide entertainment, flowers, special events and much else besides. Residents retain their own General Practitioners though an on call Doctor is available if needed. Most medical and pharmaceutical costs are paid for by Te Wiremu House. According to Health Department Regulations all residents are visited regularly by their GP who will also call when requested either by the nursing staff or the resident
Associated Complexes See Heritage Lifecare Ltd web site
Fees Details/Fees Do Not Include Personal toiletries, clothes, personal telephone, non-subsidied medicines, pay-to-view TV (SKY) etc.
Updated: 12 May 2017
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Chinese Yes
Dutch Yes
English Yes
Fijian Yes
Maori - Te Reo Yes
Samoan Yes
Tokelauan Yes
Tongan Yes
Other Details Yes Interpreters can be sourced if required
Updated: 15 May 2012
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual AffiliationsStatusDetails
Anglican Yes Te Wiremu is supported by Tikanga Pakeha and Tikanga Maori or Te Pihopatanga. Services are available in both English and Maori.
Christian Yes Communion service is held monthly on the first Wednesday of the month in the lounge.
Denominations/Faiths represented Yes Anglican, Roman Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Salvation Army.
Inter denominational Yes Ministers of other denominations also attend as requested.
Non denominational Yes The spiritual needs of our residents are of great importance, but church affiliation is not required, nor is there any requirement to attend the services of worship held in the home.
(Other comments) Yes Ministry is always available in times of sickness or dying; the needs of family and friends are always considered. A Theological/ecumenical library is also available on site
Updated: 8 Dec 2014
Public Transport 1.00 km Bus. The local Sunshine Bus is also available
Shops 0.50 km Dairy, hairdresser,
Mall   n/a
Parks 0.60 km
Library 4.00 km HB Williams Library provide an individualised library service on site.
Updated: 12 May 2017
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & MembershipStatusDetails
CareerForce Yes
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Yes
New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) Yes
CareerForce New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA)
Updated: Unknown