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Merivale Retirement Village
27 Somme Street
St Albans
Christchurch 8014
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Same as above
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Metlifecare - 0800 909303
Nurse Manager
Darlene Dobui - 0272041488
Village Manager
Harry Kaur - 021971482
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Care at Metlifecare is deeply personal and always personalised.

Our Aged Residential Care supports every resident to live a fulfilling life in a safe and welcoming setting that feels like home.

We take time to get to know you, so we can better support and care for you. We’ll develop a personalised care plan with you – to understand your preferences and help you to continue doing the things you love.

Positioned in the heart of one of Christchurch’s most sought-after suburbs, Merivale offers warm and vibrant retirement living nestled among beautifully manicured gardens. Our residents enjoy a range of living options, from independent living to rest home and hospital-level care.

Your friends and family will always be welcome to spend time with you, and they can join in for meals and celebrations as well as pop in for a cup of tea and chat.

The need for care can be unpredictable, making it hard to guarantee that a care place will be available at times. Although we can’t always control availability, we encourage you to get in touch - we are here to help. People come first, always. That’s our Care Promise.

Explore how our Aged Residential Care can support you: https://www.metlifecare.co.nz/aged-care
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with Te Whatu OraYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 21 Dec 2022
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Detail Status
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 25
Vacancy Yes
We currently have 3 premium rooms that have become vacant.
Impending vacancy No - We have 3 vacant beds.
Short stay considered Yes
Premium Accommodation Charges Yes from $10.00/day up to $50.00/day as at 22 Feb 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: 22 Feb 2024
Care Apartment Bed and Vacancy Details
Care Apartment Bed and Vacancy Details
Detail Status
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 4
Care Apartment Vacancy Yes
We do not have a service for care apartments
Care Apartment Impending vacancy Yes
MOH Certification and Audit Report View MOH certification and audit report (opens in a new tab)
Updated: 22 Feb 2024
"I have lived at Merivale Retirement Village for nearly 3 years now. The staff and management treat us all with great respect. I am so happy to be in such a gorgeous environment and love to walk in the gardens every day. The care is superb and the staff look after us all so well. Thank you so much"
Updated: 21 Dec 2022
Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse Yes 24 hour Registered Nurse Care
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers Yes
Physiotherapist Yes Regular physiotherapy available
Occupational Therapist Yes Access to Occupational Therapist
Diversional Therapist Yes
Activities Co-ordinator Yes
Hairdresser Yes Mondays and Fridays every week.
Podiatrist Yes
Dietitian Yes Access to Dietitian
Kaumatua Yes Access to Kaumatua
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes Access to Catholic and Anglican Services
Updated: 21 Dec 2022
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise Status Details
Oxygen Management Yes
Gastronomy/Nasogastric Management Yes
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes
Wound Care Yes Ready access to community specialists plus experience within our own staff
Diabetic Care Yes Ready access to the Resources at the Diabetics Centre
Continence Advice Yes Ready access to Nurse Maude service
Stomal Therapy Yes Experienced RN's & access to Community Specialists
Stroke Rehabilitation Yes Our on site physio works with our clients to regain their mobility. We connect our clients with services available in the community and Burwood Hospital.
ACC Rehabilitation Yes
Infection Control Yes
Psychiatric Care Yes Ready access to Community Psych specialists
Clinical Management Yes
Other Specialties Yes Access to Nurse Maude & Burwood Speciality teams
Updated: 21 Dec 2022
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
Carer Support Yes
Subsidised Yes
Private Paying Yes
Booking can be made in advance Yes
Updated: 21 Dec 2022
Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes
Single Rooms Yes
Ensuite Yes
Alcohol Permitted Yes
Phone Access In Own Room Yes
Wifi Yes
Resident can adjust heating in own room No The rooms are individually temperature controlled, so can be adjusted to suit.
Cater for under 65 yrs with Disability Yes
Lounges/seating areas Yes
Gay / LGBT IQ Friendly Yes
Primary Health Funded Short Term Care Yes
Palliative Care Contract Yes
Outings Yes
Residents Committee No We hold monthly residents meetings in the main lounge.
Newsletter Yes A quarterly relatives newsletter is being introduced at the end of February.
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Confused Residents Yes
Smoking Permitted No An outside designated smoking area is available.
Updated: 18 Jan 2021
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Bridge, cards etc interdenominational church services, electric beds, exercises, extensive gardens around the complex, weekly happy hour, indoor games, library, gas log fire, meal options, music, newspaper reading, quizzes, shopping, SkyTV, videos, outings, BBQ, Chapel.
Updated: 18 Jan 2021
Additional Information
Additional Information
Topic Details
What's included in your fees and what's not Hairdressing, Dry cleaning, Podiatry (unless prescribed), Non-essential medications, Subscriptions, Manicurist are not included. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions.
Staffing qualifications and details 24 hour Nursing Care
Details about meals Main meal - evening - SET MENU - 4 weekly cycle
Updated: 18 Jan 2021
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
Cantonese Yes
Chinese dialect No Hokkien
English Yes
Fijian Indian Yes
Filipino Yes
French Yes
Hindi Yes
Indonesian Yes
Japanese Yes
Samoan Yes
Spanish Yes
Thai Yes
Updated: 18 Jan 2021
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Anglican Yes Regular service held
Christian Yes Fortnightly Catholic prayer meeting
Inter denominational Yes
Updated: 18 Jan 2021
Location Distance Details
Public Transport 0.50 Km Somme St entrance to the village
Shops 0.50 Km Merivale shopping centre
Mall 0.50 Km Merivale
Parks 0.45 Km Rugby Park
Library 0.50 Km Fendalton/Papanui
Updated: 18 Jan 2021
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
National Certificate in Diversional Therapy Yes
Aged Care Association New Zealand (ACA) Yes
Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA) Yes
Aged Care Association New Zealand (ACA) Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA)
Updated: 18 Jan 2021

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