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Dunblane Lifecare

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Dunblane Lifecare
178 Rutene Road
Gisborne 4010
Postal Address
Same as above
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Nicki Johnson - Interim Manager - 027 276 2202
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Visitors as usual (but not if you're unwell or recently returned from overseas)
Make your home at Dunblane Lifecare & Village

When it comes to everyday life, Dunblane makes it easy with village, rest home, hospital, respite, day and palliative care. We also have the largest secure dementia care unit in the region. The well-appointed rooms look out onto our award-winning gardens and come complete with WiFi and a call bell system.

Built on the site of the historic Dunblane Home, the facility is set amongst landscaped gardens just a hop, skip and jump from the local shopping centre where you’ll find all the essentials including a pharmacy and a supermarket.

We offer everything from physiotherapy to podiatry, hairdressing and health checks. We have a range of recreational activities including gardening, exercise programmes, church services, a Matariki celebration and social gatherings. Our facility van is also always on hand for outings.

But don’t just take our word for it, see what our resident Ted has to say...

Before retirement, Ted was a Farm Manager and then Caretaker of the school near Tolaga Bay where Faye was Principal. They met in High School and the rest is history.

They moved to Dunblane because Faye was having trouble getting round like she used to. It’s a bit of a Goldilocks story really because the first retirement place they looked at, people didn’t seem to care. In the second, the villas were too close together but here, everything was spot on. “There’s plenty of space and we’ve even got an internal garage.”

Not only that but Ted was encouraged by the staff to make his vege garden bigger and he’s got a bumper crop this year which he may just share. “Everyone’s so warm and friendly, they’re lovely to talk to and we’re so handy to everything.”

And while Ted tells us they share the cooking now, Faye is happy knowing that if they needed to be fed, the facilities are there. “We know if anything went wrong, the staff would be there straight away to help us out, they really look out for you.”

What does a better every day mean to these two? Well to Ted, it means ‘you’re not alone because the people here are very caring’ and to Faye ‘you wake up every day and enjoy yourself.’ With all the laughter going on, that certainly seems to be the case here.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Detail Status
Contract with Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora Yes
Certification Yes
ORA Applies No

Updated: 14 May 2018

Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Detail Status
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 28
Vacancy Yes
All rooms look out to our award winning gardens, they are all bright and airy rooms.
Impending vacancy Yes - Please contact manager
Short stay considered Yes
Premium Accommodation Charges Some Rooms from $5.00/day up to $10.00/day as at 15 Jul 2024
MOH Certification and Audit Report View MOH certification and audit report (opens in a new tab)
Extra admission requirements due to COVID-19 Yes

Updated: 23 Jul 2024

"Firstly I want to thank you all for your time and the respect you gave me last week when I was visiting Dunblane. It is very much appreciated and I feel so grateful for the care and concern you have for my dear mother. Once again I reiterate that we are all so thankful to the staff of Dunblane for the way you look after our Mum and I am overwhelmed at the love and compassion she receives from her carers. I can not thank you enough.” - Family of Dunblane Hospital Resident

'Dunblane is very family oriented, everyone seems to care for everyone else. The best thing was that I was able to have my cat, who has settled in well and is now spoilt by everyone. The rooms are nicely appointed, and I have an exceptionally nice room. My family is very pleased I've settled in so well.' - Mary Webb, Dunblane Hospital Resident

Updated: 14 May 2018

Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse Yes
Nurse Practitioner Yes
Enrolled Nurse Yes
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers Yes
Diversional Therapist Yes
Activities Co-ordinator Yes
Hairdresser Yes
Podiatrist Negotiable
Dietitian Yes
Accredited Visitors Yes
Kaumatua Yes These services can be accessed when required.
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes These services can be access when required.
Other Personnel Yes community members and volunteers are well known to the residents come and support residents with entertainment

Updated: 14 May 2018

Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise Status Details
Oxygen Management Yes Our registered nurses are competent in this area of care.
Gastronomy/Nasogastric Management No We can access these specialised services through Gisborne Hospital.
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes We have a nurse that is focussed on Palliative Care, our nurse accesses resources and specialised assistance through Hospice services based in Gisborne.
Wound Care Yes Our staff receive regular training in wound care.
Diabetic Care Yes
Continence Advice Yes
Infection Control Yes
Psychiatric Care No We can access these services through Gisborne Hospital when necessary.
Clinical Management Yes

Updated: 5 Jan 2018

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
Subsidised Yes
Private Paying Yes

Updated: 9 Jan 2018

Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes Residents are encouraged to bring favourite personal items such as photo's, ornaments, favourite chair, bedcover, or any item that is special to them.
Single Rooms Yes
Ensuite Yes Some rooms have ensuites
Alcohol Permitted Yes We have a happy hour once a week
Pets In Residence Yes We currently have 2 resident cats as well as goldfish and a bird aviary.
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes We are happy to look at all requests.
Wifi Yes WiFi is available throughout the facility.
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes
Cater for under 65 yrs with Disability Yes
Lounges/seating areas Yes All wings are well catered for. Facilities include shared dining and lounge (TV, sunroom).
Provide End of Life/Palliative Care Yes
Palliative Care Contract Yes
Outings Yes We have a van which is used for outings.
Whānau Room Yes
Māori Kaupapa Yes
Residents Committee Yes Residents and their families have regular meetings with facility management.
Family Committee Yes Residents and their families have regular meetings with facility management.
Newsletter Yes Our Activities team produce regular newsletters for residents and their families.
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Confused Residents Yes We conduct regular assessments if this is an issue, to ensure the resident is receiving the most appropriate care and to endeavour to reduce any enviromental issues, which may be contributing to confusion.
Rural Setting No While we don't have a rural setting, we have received awards for our beautiful gardens. There are views from most rooms.
Smoking Permitted Yes Designated area
Semi-Secure Yes

Updated: 5 Jan 2018

Special Features
Special Features
At Dunblane we are very proud of our lovely gardens with interesting layout and fabulous plantings, for which we have recently won awards.

We have sunny courtyards for residents to sit in to enjoy the gardens and all are encouraged to get out and about to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

The staff provide individualised personal daily care for all residents and invite the families to come along and particpate in the care of their family member.

Updated: 14 May 2018

Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Activity programme, Advocate, Age Concern, Alzheimer's Society, Arthritis society, Aromatherapy, BBQ, Big print books, Blind Foundation, Board games, Breakfast in bed, Care and Craft, Children, Classical Music, Concerts, Craft, Dancing, Electric beds, Exercises, Entertainers, Fax, Flower arranging, Games, Happy Hour, Holidays, Jigsaw, Library, Minibus, Music, Newspaper reading, Outings, Parkinson's Society, Parties, Pastoral care, Pianist, Picnic facilities, Quizzes, Reading, Roses, RSA, Rotary, Senior Citizens, Shopping, Sing-a-longs, Singing, Sky TV, Stroke Group, Vegetarian, Videos, Views

Updated: 14 May 2018

Additional Information
Additional Information
Topic Details
What's included in your fees and what's not Please refer to managment for details.
Staffing qualifications and details We have some lovely long serving staff members. All our staff undergo regular training and are very caring and compentent in their various roles.
Details about meals All our meals are cooked on site and so have that lovely home cooked quality. Our main meal is served at midday and a lighter meal in the evenings. Morning and afternoon tea and supper are served between meals and residents are also able to help themselves from fruit bowls situated around the facility or request other snacks if desired. Our menus change on a regular basis and we have a dietitians input when preparing these.

Updated: 28 Sep 2018

Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
Dutch Yes
English Yes
French Yes
Māori - Te Reo Yes
Rarotongan Yes

Updated: 14 May 2018

Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Baptist Yes
Inter denominational Yes We have regular services held in our rest home and dementia unit from a variety of differnet religious groups.
(Other comments) No We will endevour to provide for all nationalilties through working with personal and or community contacts

Updated: 14 May 2018

Location Distance Details
Public Transport bus stop right outisde we are a short distance to town centre

Updated: 14 May 2018

Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
Home and Community Health Association Yes
National Certificate in Diversional Therapy Yes
Aged Care Association New Zealand (ACA) Yes
Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA) Yes
Home and Community Health Association Aged Care Association New Zealand (ACA) Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA)

Updated: 14 May 2018

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