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Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care
14 Browning Cres
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14 Browning Crescent
Nelson 7011
Nelson Marlborough
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Soumy Saju (CM) Sumy Saju (OM) - (03) 547 6867
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We are open and accepting admissions!

We invite you to experience the very special character of Tasman Rest Home.

To accept all people with kindness and love
To provide peace, comfort and joy
To be proactive, innovative and courageous
To enrich each person, the community and the world

We strive to achieve this vision by working
with openness, honesty, integrity and passion

We establish trusting relationships based on
respect and acceptance
We encourage people’s participation in
companionship-based care in their small homes
We are privileged to accompany people as they
journey towards the end of their life
We welcome family/whanau and the wider
community as integral to people’s lives
We promote inclusion and the rights and
values of each person
We celebrate unity in diversity

Dementia Care New Zealand is one of New Zealand’s highly regarded aged care providers.
We provide a full range of residential care including general rest home care, dementia rest home care, general hospital level care, and dementia hospital level care. At many of our facilities, a full continuum of care is available.
We specialize in person-centred care for people who live with dementia. This is the work we have passionately chosen to do.
We care for people in small, cosy homes with a loving, warm and homely atmosphere where each person is supported to experience each moment richly. Our small homes concept means that people with dementia experience life in a less clinical and more normalised, familiar way. Small homes that inter connect, also bring a sense of ‘community’ for a person with dementia.

We offer 24 hour Registered Nurse coverage to all of our residents at Tasman.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 26 Jul 2019
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 11
Vacancy No
Each room has ensuite toilet
Impending vacancy No
Premium Room Charges Some Rooms as at 20 Jun 2022
MOH Certification and Audit Report View MOH certification and audit report (opens in a new tab)
Extra admission requirements due to COVID-19 Please enquire
Updated: 23 Jun 2022
October 2021


On the 4th of February 2019 my beloved Wife Lynley was visiting Christchurch with a friend, she was a bright articulate lady, very intelligent and throughout her life capable of achieving anything she put her mind to whether it be business, craftwork, artwork, designing gardens, selling real estate or photography, in other words a wonderful all round good person as she loved to help other people.

On the 21st of February 2019 all of that changed as she finished up in Christchurch Hospital having suffered a seizure. This was much later diagnosed as Autoimmune Encephalitis. This resulted in some brain damage and also partial paralysis of the left side. This made any hand work impossible as the left hand was useless hence tremendous frustration because all the things she used to do now could not be done.

This frustration caused her to be a little difficult to handle and she was sent home for me to look after from two other rest homes which couldn’t manage her, but the staff at Tasman Rest Home managed to achieve this where others had failed. They were patient, caring and loving allowing her to mix with others and looking after all her needs in a very bright and efficient manner.

All I can say is well done to the management and staff. You also looked after me at a time when I needed help and you comforted me as well.

My grateful thanks on behalf of Lynley and me.

Graeme Daniel

5 October 2021

My Thanks

I wish to convey my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the staff and management of Tasman Rest Home for the exceptional care extended to my wife Joan during the two and a half years she was resident in your facility.
The patience, compassion and kindness of the staff and management to the residents is also offered to the family and friends visiting their loved ones. Though Joan was unable to express her feelings, especially toward the end of her stay, I know she felt loved and was extremely fond of your staff and appreciative of the care and help she received at all times.
We are very fortunate in Nelson to have a dedicated dementia facility with such high standards as Tasman Rest Home. I can confidently recommend Tasman to anyone needing dementia care for their loved ones as a home away from home where they will receive the best care possible.


Alan Crawford

Outstanding Care Provided for my Mum

The Positives : The wonderful staff at Tasman provided outstanding care for my mum throughout her stay. They were, without exception, calm, kind and warm-hearted toward her at all times. That she was able to smile and laugh with us right up to her last days is a tribute to the ‘best friends’ and ‘small homes’ concept being implemented by DementiaCare NZ. We will always remain grateful that we chose Tasman to care for her.

The Negatives : Nothing.

To anyone viewing this facility we encourage you to focus on the calm atmosphere and attitude of the caring staff. So while the rooms and lounges are bright and cheery they don’t have the latest decor. Funds are obviously spent on providing the very best in personal care for the residents as we found. We never regretted for even one minute our decision to settle Mum here.
July 2018.

Hi Claire ,

‘We have found Tasman Rest Home and dementia Care to be the best place for our Mum. The Carers and Nurses take great care to make sure that Mum gets what she needs. It’s never easy losing your Mum to dementia, but we are happy in the knowledge that she is being well cared for an Tasman. Any time we have concerns, we voice them and they listen, take it on board and try their hardest to make sure Mum is happy and comfortable. They take time to get to know Mum and what her signs and signals mean and do their best to understand what she wants. No ‘home’ is ever going to be perfect at this time of life, but all the Carers, Nurses and other staff at Tasman really do their very best to make Mum feel at home. They truly do care about Mum.’ Kath Bee

July 2018.

To all the wonderful staff at Tasman,
We just wanted you to know how much our family appreciated the outstanding care you gave my Mum throughout her stay with you.
You were, without exception, calm, kind and warm hearted toward her at all times.
That she was able to smile and laugh with us right up to her last days is a tribute to all of you and the ‘Best Friends’ and ‘small homes’ concept being implemented by Dementia Care NZ.
We will always remain grateful that we chose Tasman to care for Mum after she could no longer stay at home.
We extend to you all of our warmest regards and grateful thanks.
Sue and John, Michael and Carolyn and the rest of the family of Joy Guy.
ACTS 24:15 – We look forward to seeing our darling Joy again.
March 2018

Brenda Wollen
15th March 2012.

My Husband, Eric, has been a resident of Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care in Stoke, Nelson since January 17th this year and I can’t speak too highly about the wonderful care he is receiving.

All the staff, from the Managers, The Registered Nurses, the Diversional Therapists and the Carers are all very competent and all so cheerful and most welcoming.

A support group meeting is held once a month for the families of the residents, which I find most helpful.

I am very happy to have Eric being cared for by these wonderful people and would thoroughly recommend Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care.
Updated: 18 Oct 2021
Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse Yes There is a Registered Nurse on site seven days a week and on call in the evenings. Should you require any information regarding your loved one the nurse on duty is the person to see.
Enrolled Nurse Yes
Physiotherapist Yes Our physiotherapist works with us each fortnight. She assesses each resident's needs and develops a safe handling plan for each resident. She also trains the staff to transfer residents safely.
Social Worker (on site) Yes As required
Diversional Therapist Yes Our diversional therapists know each resident very well and know what works for each person creating meaningful activities to support creativity, socialisation, stimulation and fun as well as assisting residents in the daily running of their home.
Activities Co-ordinator Yes
Hairdresser Yes Visits weekly and more frequently when required.
Podiatrist Yes We have a poditarist who comes on a regular basis to attend to the needs of the residents.
Dietitian Yes Our dietitian comes to Tasman monthly to review nutritional requirements of the residents.
Accredited Visitors Yes Please enquire.
Kaumatua Negotiable Please enquire.
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes Tasman is interdominational so we have people from several demoninations that visit. Should you require an individual visit this can be arranged.
Other Personnel Yes We have a person who facilitates a support group for family members of people who live at Tasman. Many people find talking with others very helpful. She is also available by phone for any family member who just needs someone to talk with.
Updated: 4 Jul 2013
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise Status Details
Oxygen Management Yes
Gastronomy/Nasogastric Management Yes As required
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes Our registered nurses have received training in caring for people as they experience the final stages of their life journey. Te Ara Whakapiri - Principles and guidance for the last days of life.
Wound Care Yes Wound care specialist care is available on referral
Diabetic Care No Specialist care is available on referral
Continence Advice Yes We have a continence advisor who calls on us regulary. She also runs in house training sessions for staff and is available to be contacted when we require her service.
Stomal Therapy No Specialist care input is available on referral
Stroke Rehabilitation No Specialist care input is available on referral
Infection Control Yes We have a registered nurse who does special training in infection control and who has a role in infection control at Aberleigh. Specialist care input is available on referral
Surgical Followup Yes As required
Psychiatric Care No Specialist care input is available on referral
Clinical Management Yes We have a clinical manager at Tasman Rest Home who is supported by Arah Cartagena, Regional Clinical Manager for Dementia Care NZ.
Other Specialties Yes Simon Hamley is a Registered Nurse and also our Education Coordinator. Simon ensures all staff are compliant with their training, runs staff in-services and Coordinates any speacial training programs that we offer.
Updated: 2 Dec 2019
Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes
Single Rooms Yes
Ensuite Yes
Pets In Residence Yes
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes
Phone Access In Own Room Yes
Cater for under 65 yrs with Disability No Respite Only
Lounges/seating areas Yes
Outings Yes Own Minibus
Whanau Room Yes
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Confused Residents Yes
Semi-Secure Yes
Updated: 12 Mar 2013
Special Features
Special Features
Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care is situated in a quiet suburban area in parklike surroundings. We have a warm and friendly atmosphere with small and homely units.Each unit has its own open plan kitchen. This increases our homely feel and encourages normalised activities.
'Ora' home provides rest home level care.
'Rangi' and 'Ata Hapara' homes provide a safe environment for residents requiring Dementia Rest Home Care.
'Aio' home provides specialist Dementia Hospital level care.

Our staff work hard to provide individualised care for each resident. We take pride in our ability to give care to our residents. We are guided by our vision and values and love the work we have chosen to do.

Updated: 12 Mar 2013
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Representatives visit from RSA and Alzheimer's Society, church services, entertainment, garden, indoor games co-ordinated by the Activities Co-ordinator, meal options (residents can have a choice), music (visiting pianist fortnightly), daily newspaper reading, quizzes with Activities Co-ordinator, videos, outings in van, homely activities like baking, gardening, helping wash the dishes, raking leaves.
Updated: 12 Mar 2013
Additional Information
Additional Information
Topic Details
What's included in your fees and what's not Please contact the manager.
Staffing qualifications and details Registered nurse present Monday to Friday. Registered Nurse on call at all other times.
Details about meals Individual requirements are catered for.
Updated: 12 Mar 2013
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
English Yes
Updated: 12 Mar 2013
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Anglican Yes
Baptist Yes
Christian Yes
Inter denominational Yes
Methodist Yes
Non denominational Yes
Presbyterian Yes
Roman Catholic Yes
Salvation Army Yes
Seventh Day Adventist Yes
Updated: 12 Mar 2013
Location Distance Details
Public Transport 50.00 Km
Shops 1.50 Km
Mall 1.50 Km
Parks 0.50 Km
Library 1.50 Km
Updated: 12 Mar 2013
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Yes
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA)
Updated: 12 Mar 2013

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