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Aberleigh Rest Home and Dementia Care - Dementia Care NZ
Hospital Care
19 McCallum Street
Nelson Marlborough
(03) 578 7966
(03) 5789558
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Maja Yu
Jim Haines and Alison Hume
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Our Vision:

At Aberleigh we create a loving, warm and homely atmosphere where each person is supported to experience each moment richly.

Our Values:

We strive to achieve this vision by promoting:
• The uniqueness of each person
• The immense value of each person
• Openness, honesty and integrity

In these ways, we enrich each person, the community and the world.

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 experience life in a less clinical and more normalised, familiar way. Small homes that inter connect, also bring a sense of ‘community’.

Our Philosophy

1. Connecting with each person we care for as we would a very best friend means that people feel loved and important. A best friend accepts you as you are, believes in you, forgives your mistakes, really listens to you, jokes with you and loves to hear you laugh.

2. Families/whanau become part of the community we have. They are involved in their loved one’s care. They are encouraged to share their in-depth and intimate knowledge of their loved one. There is much honesty and openness. This builds trusting relationships between us all. We know family, and family know us.

3. A home that provides people with stability. Things seem familiar – a private bedroom with things in it from home, sunny spots to sit in, a garden.

4. Each staff person is someone with ability and with a potential for growth. There is much opportunity for every staff member. Each staff member can have a positive impact on residents, their family and their team.

5. Ensuring that people can continue with their old roles, if they wish, like collecting the mail, folding the washing, sweeping the floor means that they have a purpose in life. They can be involved in the running of their home.

6. As we work in these ways, people are more contented and participate in life more fully. They have their greatest chance at being physically healthy and emotionally the best they can be.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
Updated: 20 Aug 2014
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 18
Vacancy Yes
We have a lovely room available in our hospital.
Impending vacancy No
Additional Room CostsSome Rooms
Updated: 26 Apr 2018
TypeHours Per WeekStatusDetails
Registered Nurse Yes There is a Registered Nurse on site 24 hours a day seven days a week. 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.
Occupational Therapist Yes By arrangement
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.
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 Aberleigh monthly to review nutritional requirements of the residents
Kaumatua Negotiable Please enquire
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes Aberleigh 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 Aberleigh. Many people find talking with others very helpful. She is also available by phone for any family member who just need someone to talk with.
Updated: 8 Nov 2013
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of ExpertiseStatusDetails
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
Gastronomy/Nasogastric Management Yes As required
Surgical Followup Yes As required
Wound Care No Wound care specialist care is available on referral
Diabetic Care No Specialist care is available on referral
Continence Advisor 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.
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
Stomal Therapist No Specialist care input is available on referral
Psychiatric Care No Specialist care input is available on referral
Stroke Rehabilitation Yes Specialist care input is available on referral
Specialised Dementia Care Yes All our staff are specially trained to work with residents who have dementia. They have great skill in working with people living with dementia.
Gerontological Care No All our staff are specially trainned to care for people as they get older. This is the work we have chosen to do.
Clinical Manager Yes Susan Villacorta is our Clinical Manager. She advises and mentors the registered nurse team. Susan also knows each resident and their requirements. Should you have any concerns or queries regarding the health of your loved one, please contact Susan.
Other Nursing Specialities Yes Simon Hamley is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and our Education Coordinator. He ensures staff compliance with their training, coordinates staff in-services and special training programs, and instructs Managing of Actual or Potential Aggression (MAPA).
Updated: 22 Jan 2018
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short StayStatusDetails
Respite Yes We have a dedicated respite care service which means that carers can book care in advance, knowing that their loved one has a booked room in a well established home which specialises in care of the elderly.
Carer Support Yes
High Care Needs Yes
Subsidised Yes
Private Paying Yes
Booking can be made in advance Yes This is dependant on a room being available. Please call our Operations Manager to discuss.
Updated: 20 Jun 2017
Under 65 yrs with Disability Yes We have a contract with the DHB for these services.
Day Care Yes We may be able to assist someone requiring day care. Please contact Maja Yu about this.
Whanau Room Yes We have a quiet space that can be used by family requiring a quiet and private space.
Rooms (Single) Yes
Rooms (Suit Couple) No This may be negotiable - Please speak to the Operations Manager.
Ensuite Yes
May Bring Own Furniture Yes You are able to bring your own furniture subject to space and safety contraints. It can be very nice for a resident to have their own things about them - this reminds them of home.
Alcohol Permitted Yes Happy hour happens regularly
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes Please speak to Maja about this
Phone Access In Own Room Yes Portable phone available for use. Private line at resident's cost.
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes
Residents Committee Yes A meeting is held regularly with residents. It is important that they have opportunity to give feedback and to talk about how they would like their home run.
Family Committee Yes We encourage family members to give feedback whenever possible. Ideas, complaints, improvement suggestions are welcomed.
Newsletter Yes We have a newsletter four times a year.
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes We work to minimise resident's symptoms of dementia in a creative and loving way. There is regular and ongoing staff training. We also have a qualified trainer for 'Non Violent Crisis Intervention'.
Confused Residents Yes Many of our residents in the 'Dementia' area are confused. These are the people we have chosen to care for. This is our work. We are very skilled in working with people who are confused. The rest home, is not occupied by people who have demetia.
Lounges/seating areas Yes We have 4 seperate lounges. Two open out to the gardens.
Outings Yes Various outings available weekly.
Rural Setting Yes Spacious garden setting.
Smoking Permitted Yes We have a designated smoking area out side
Semi-Secure Yes In the dementia home we are fully secure.
Sprinklers Yes
Updated: 21 Nov 2013
Special Features
Special Features
Aberleigh offers rest home and hospital care to those with dementia as well as rest home and hospital care for elderly who do not have dementia.

Each resident is loved and known. Each person is very precious. Our team is highly skilled in caring for the elderly. We love this work - it is hugely satisfying to enrich these peoples lives.
Updated: 9 Dec 2013
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
We have diversional therapists who are trained or training. They work with residents to help them to get to know each other, have fun, develop interests, exercise their bodies and stimulate their minds. Entertainers come into the home on a regular basis for the residents' enjoyment.

We have an activity programme which includes art, bingo, bowls, care and craft, weekly church services, cooking, craft, dancing, visits from entertainers, flower arranging, games, Happy Hour, housie, jigsaws, music, daily newspaper reading, quizzes and sing-a-longs.

Exercises include regular walks, quoits, "bobs" and balloon tennis. We also have a lovely, freshly landscaped garden with paths to walk and shaded areas to sit. We have a vege garden and residents are free to assist with these if they wish.

We have links with or can assist with contact with the following community groups: Age Concern, Alzheimer's Society, Blind Foundation, RSA and Senior Citizens Presbyterian Support.

At Aberleigh we also have on site or can provide access to aromatherapy, a BBQ, a range of big print books, board games, classical music, a piano, picnic facilities, a library, a van for outings and Lotto. Sky TV can be arranged at the individual resident's expense.

A volunteer from the community acts as an advocate for our residents should they have any problems or concerns.

Residents are able to have breakfast in bed at any time if they wish.

We also encourage visits from canine friends and children.
Updated: 7 Aug 2017
Additional Information
Additional Information
Details re Meals We do our own inhouse cooking. Our main meal is served in the evening and includes roasts twice a week. We will cater to individual preferences. Morning and afternoon tea consists of home baked goodies.
Staffing Details We have a staff education programme and we actively encourage all our staff to further their qualifications. Our education coordinator supports and encourages staff development.
Fees Details/Fees Do Not Include Please contact our Operations Manager in regards to fees
Updated: 8 Nov 2013
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual AffiliationsStatusDetails
Denominations/Faiths represented Yes We care people from all faiths and denominations. We want people from all cultures, religions, faiths and denominations to feel comfortable. Family only need ask and we will endeavour to provide any spiritual care that is necessary.
Inter denominational Yes We have a weekly church service which is conducted on a rotating basis by each of the local churches. We also have a weekly bible study conducted by a volunteer from the community. Roman Catholic Holy Communion is also held once a week.
Updated: 8 Nov 2013
Mall 1.00 km We are approximately 1 km from Blenheim town centre with its many cafes and shops.
Parks 0.50 km We are close to Pollard Park which has wonderful gardens, a river walk and children playground.
Library   Blenheim Library is our closest being in the centre of the shopping area in town.
Updated: 21 Nov 2013
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & MembershipStatusDetails
CareerForce Yes
National Certificate in Diversional Therapy Yes
National Certificate in Support of the Older Person (not available after Dec 2010) Yes
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Yes
Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available. Yes
Other details Yes Our Education Coordinator Simon Hamley is a trained instructor for Managing of Actual or Potential Aggression (MAPA) from the Crisis Prevention Institute. Simon works across all facilities ensuring our staff are trained in this valuable course.
CareerForce New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available.
Updated: 7 Aug 2017
What's New
What's New
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March 2018:

Easter is a special celebration for us here in our home. We love to enjoy loving time together and share memories evoked by the scent of fresh hot cross buns and the feeling of anticipation as we unwrap the first Easter egg.

We wish you all a safe and happy Easter with those you love.

As always, we welcome your visits and remind you that our visiting times are the same throughout the holidays.


March 2018:

We love getting together with friends out in the community, especially over a friendly game of darts, a catch up and a delicious afternoon tea. Each month we are holding a ‘community darts session’ where residents from other rest homes are invited to join us for an in-house game. Recently we had a lovely group of friends from Bethsaida Rest Home here in Blenheim. Such a fun way to stay connected with friends both old and new.

January 2018:

Having a good old BBQ is the epitome of a perfect summer Kiwi dinner in the back yard. Every one loves getting involved and sharing tips and techniques.

December 2017:

To our dear friends
It's the end of 2017, a time of reflection on the past year. As always, there have been many moments of joy, laughter, peace and wonder: what we call ‘magic moments’. We are full of gratitude and would like to say thank you to you all. Thank you for encouraging us by being part of this online community. Thank you to the people who visit our homes - it is always lovely to see you. Most of all a very big thank you to those of you who share your family membe...r or friend with us. It is a huge privilege to take care of the people who live here with us in their home. They are a wonderful inspiration to us and we love them dearly.
We would also like to say an enormous thank you to each and every member of our staff team. We appreciate you and value you so much. Thank you for everything you do.
We are grateful for the highs and lows, the challenges and opportunities this past year has brought. Thank you for being part of it.


December 2017:

Recently we joined the Blenheim Christmas parade in our van. It was fun preparing and participating with our residents, and we were all proud to showcase our happy and united community and share the fun and laughter we enjoy at Aberleigh.


August 2017:

Continuing with familiar roles, assisting people to maintain involvement and valuing activities that are special to people is foundational for us at Aberleigh. Recently, our gardener had pruned some hedges in the garden of our dementia hospital. A gentleman resident carefully collected the offcuts and proceeded to re plant them meticulously in a perfect row. When asked what he was doing he replied ‘I am planting a hedge’. It turns out that that particular plant can take root, and nearly two weeks later they have not withered. We look forward to seeing our new hedge grow and continue to learn so much from the wisdom and initiative of our residents.





At Aberleigh we offer respite care for people at rest home, dementia rest home, general hospital and dementia hospital level care.


This is dependant on whether we have a vacant room at the time.




General information:
• Most people want to keep their loved one at home as long as possible. Respite services help you do this successfully
• Caring for your loved one begins with caring for yourself. Taking a break is an important way of staying rested and strong
• Respite is available in homes which specialize in person centered aged care
• Respite encourages friendship, stimulation and fun
• Comprehensive ‘respite packs’ include information about the service, as well as detailed questionnaires regarding your loved one’s care needs and daily routines
• Respite care is often for a short period of about a week, and can be repeated during the year
• Respite bookings can be organized through the NMDHB


Benefits to the caregiver:
• A chance to rest, recharge and revitalize knowing their loved one is receiving safe person centered aged care
• Allows loved ones to remain at home longer, through carers giving themselves time to  rest


Benefits to the person receiving care:
• An opportunity to socialize and be involved in meaningful activities that comfort, stimulate and bring enjoyment
• Provides a short term experience of the sense of community that comes with facilitated care
• Continuation of daily roles and routines
• An opportunity for group activities and company in a safe and secure environment




Very often, respite care is the first experience of rest home care for families. This can be an emotional time for everyone including the person receiving care




Building trust through open communication:
It is important to gain as much information as possible about what to expect.  Gaining trust and developing open communication with the people who will be taking care of your loved one is important. They too must gain as much information as possible about your loved one (their likes and dislikes, interests and routines) to give the very best of care. Every person is unique and has different responses and needs. The information you provide enables the rest home to develop a comprehensive plan of care specific to those unique and special needs. 




All information about your loved one is available to you, so you should feel free to ask staff about anything that concerns you. People responsible for the care of your loved one write notes throughout the day and night so it is possible to find out how your loved one is doing over the 24 hour period. We provide 24 hour registered nursing coverage, 7 days a week.




Please contact our Operations Manager Maja or Clinical Manager Susan to discuss respite care options for your loved one.

Autumnal van trips: May 2017

Every weekend, our Activities Coordinator takes a group of residents on a van outing somewhere special in the community. Last weekend they all enjoyed a colourful trip up the Wairau Valley to observe the autumnal leaves of the vineyards. Everyone enjoyed the stunning display and friendly chats with passers by.


December 2016

In May of this year a number of our dedicated Diversional Therapists and care staff commenced an 8 month course called ‘Walking In Another’s Shoes’ that runs only once a year. This was facilitated by Dementia Educator Alison Rowe from Older Persons Mental Health at the Wairau Hospital. The course is all about encouraging person centred care for people living with dementia. We are proud that now nine of our staff team have completed this wonderful course since it began in 2014. Our staff have gained so much from this specialised training, which in turn benefits residents and family members.

Taylor Dam: October 2016

Our residents are relishing the fact that summer is finally upon us meaning we can go on so many more adventures.

Last week a number of us spent time at Taylor Dam. We loved the peaceful environment and feeding the ducks. This brought back so many memories for some people. A lovely day and we look forward to visiting more often.

Winter family gathering:

Recently we held our winter family gatherings. The theme was full of elegance and fun, being 'Gold & Lace'. We had delightful live music and a good turn out of families and some great dancing to boot. We love our family gatherings at Aberleigh. A special opportunity to celebrate our residents and their loved ones.

Preparing our spring bulbs - July 2016:

With the mild winter comes the opportunity to get our spring bulbs ready early at Aberleigh. The ‘green thumbs’ among us loved potting the daffodil bulbs recently. We cant wait for them to come out!

New Website for Dementia Care NZ:

We have a wonderful new Website and we invite you to take a tour! www.dementiacarenz.co.nz


13th March 2013


Warmest greetings!


We are writing to advise you about some important positive changes underway at  Aberleigh.

An extensive construction project is currently in progress to build on some additional bedrooms and to upgrade an area of the current rest home.  This will improve the environment  for our residents and also enable us to provide hospital care for more of our residents.  This means that when our residents become more frail and require hospital care they will be able to stay on at Aberleigh.  This is important – residents can stay here in the place they call home, with the people who know them well and who know just how to care for them.  It brings a measure of comfort to residents and their families, knowing that they will not have to move.

Work on the first phase of the project, in the existing carpark, is  well underway. It is exciting to see our plans for an improved environment for our residents becoming a reality.

Once the first stage is complete we will be moving on to the redevelopment of the Ngaio wing. The significant upgrade we have planned will require the existing Ngaio wing to be completely taken down and rebuilt.  This will mean that all the residents who currently live in the Ngaio wing will move into the beautiful new wing, Koromiko, which will become their new home.

With the provision of hospital level care, there is now a registered nurse on duty 24 hours a day seven days a week.

The extended level of care will be delivered with the same loving care and uncompromising standards which recently earned Aberleigh 4 year Ministry of Health Audit Certification.

When the alterations at Aberleigh are complete, one of the services we will be able to provide is a dedicated respite bed where people can book respite care in advance.

We will be celebrating the completion of the renovations with a formal opening in May this year. We look forward to inviting you to join us for this special occasion.

In the interim, we warmly welcome your questions or comments.

Yours sincerely



Maja Yu                                                                Susan Villacorta

Operations Manager                                              Clinical Manager


We extend our congratulations to our team at Aberleigh Rest Home in Blenheim who on the 14th of June 2012 underwent a full certification audit for the MOH.
On Friday we received notification that Aberleigh has been awarded 4 years certification. Very few aged care facilities in NZ attain this level of certification which reflects the highest quality standard. Aberleigh is the only rest home in the Nelson Marlborough DHB to have achieved this distinction.
Well done to Andrew, Tanya and the team.
We are delighted that Aberleigh has joined Avonlea Rest Home and Admatha Dementia Care in Christchurch with 4 year certification.