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Birchleigh - Braeside (Hospital Care)

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Vacancy
No
Name
Birchleigh
Category
Hospital Care
Address
77 Doon Street
Mosgiel
Mosgiel
Postal Address
P O Box 328, Mosgiel 9053
DHB
Southern (Otago)
Phone
03-489 6602
Fax
03-489 8059
Email
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Personnel
Manager
Malcolm Hendry (CEO)
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Description
Make your choice of residential care with confidence.

Birchleigh offers quality Rest Home, Hospital and Specialist Dementia care in a modern, purpose-built facility nestled within a tranquil garden setting.

We offer Long Stay and, where available, Respite Day Care and Carer Support Services.

Birchleigh’s caring team of Registered Nurses and Caregivers create an environment of respect, compassion and dignity for you and your family.
Service/Facility Details
DetailStatus
Contract with DHBYes
CertificationYes
Additional Room CostsNo
Updated: 21 Mar 2013
Bed and Vacancy Details
DetailStatus
Approximate number of beds at this level of care25
Long term vacancyNo
Short term vacancyNo
Impending vacancyNo
Updated: 29 May 2017
Personnel
TypeHours Per WeekStatusDetails
Nurse Practitioner Negotiable We have access to a Nurse Practitioner Monday to Friday through District Health Board Mental Health Services Older People's Health. They are available as required for Consults, Reviews and Support.
Registered Nurse Yes We offer 24 hour Registered Nurse cover.
Physiotherapist Yes We have twice weekly visits from a physiotherapist totalling 2.5 hours.
Occupational Therapist Negotiable An Occupational Therapist is available through the District Health Board Community Services Team.
Own Social Worker Negotiable We have access to a Social Worker through the District Health Board Older People's Health Service based on the resident's Needs Assessment.
Diversional Therapist Yes See Activities Co-ordinator below.
Activities Co-ordinator Yes We have an in-house Activities Co-ordinator available 5 days per week from 8:30am-2:00pm. They organise group and one-to-one activities, including concerts, outings, and visiting guests.
Hairdresser Yes Our on-site Hairdresser is available Tuesday to Friday. Residents pay for this service, but Birchleigh covers all the overhead costs of this service to ensure pricing is kept at a very reasonable level.
Podiatrist Yes An independent Podiatrist pays regular six-weekly visits to Birchleigh to treat residents requiring assistance with foot problems. There is no charge to our residents for this service.
Dietitian Negotiable A Dietitian is available through the District Health Board Community Services Team.
Accredited Visitors Negotiable Appropriate volunteers are welcomed at Birchleigh.
Kaumatua Negotiable Visits by Kaumatua can be arranged as required.
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes We offer frequent inter-denominational services provided by our Chaplain and other church groups. Our Chaplain is also available to meet the specific support needs of individual residents.
Other Personnel Yes Birchleigh's Reception area is staffed 7 days per week from 9:00am to 3:00pm Birchleigh also offers a supportive, trained escort to assist residents who need to be taken to any specialist appointment. We also provide a vehicle for this purpose.
Updated: 28 Jun 2010
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of ExpertiseStatusDetails
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes We provide this service with the support of the Otago Community Hospice team.
Gastronomy/Nasogastric Management Yes
Oxygen Management Yes Available via oxygen concentrators.
Surgical Followup Yes We offer an experience escort to support residents who need follow-up visits to specialists or other services.
Wound Care Yes
Diabetic Care Yes
Continence Advisor Yes
Infection Control Yes
Stomal Therapist Yes
Psychiatric Care Yes Specialist Psychiatric Care is available through the District Health Board Mental Health Service for Older People.
Specialised Dementia Care Yes Birchleigh offers full D3 Level care services to dementia residents in our Janefield Dementia Unit. (Please see our Dementia Care section on this website for more details.)
Gerontological Care Yes
Urology Yes Catheter Care
Clinical Manager Yes Our Nurse Manager is a Registered Nurse.
Updated: 28 Jun 2010
Features
FeatureStatusDetails
Palliative Care Contract No We will admit residents who require Palliative Care.
Whanau Room Yes We have a fully-equipped Whanau Room with an ensuite, bed settee, TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
Rooms (Single) Yes All our rooms are spacious with a very pleasant external outlook.
Rooms (Suit Couple) Yes In 2016 we added a new Hospital level room which is suitable for a couple. This is a larger room which can readily accommodate two single beds. There is an attached ensuite. This room attracts a premium charge.
May Bring Own Furniture Yes All our rooms are large enough to accommodate some personal items of furniture and other belongings.
Alcohol Permitted Yes Alcohol is permitted under supervision and with appropriate approval.
Pets In Residence Yes We have three cats that appear to be convinced the entire Birchleigh complex was built as their home. But our residents love them - so we let the cats continue to believe that our residents are there for their pleasure.
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes To ensure the safety and well-being of all residents, each situation would need to be discussed before a pet was brought on-site.
Phone Access In Own Room Yes We are able to take our portable facility phone to any room for incoming calls. Alternatively, at an extra cost, each resident can have a dedicated personal phone line to their room.
Wifi Yes WiFi access is available on request.
Maori Kaupapa Yes We have links to the local Maori community and will make contact as required to ensure we meet the individual needs of each resident.
Residents Committee No We have no formal Residents Committee, but we do hold 3-monthly Resident Meetings to allow residents and their families to discuss any issues.
Family Committee No We have no formal Family Committee, but family members are welcome to take part in Resident Meetings. We also encourage an informal support network among resident's families.
Newsletter Yes We produce a regular newsletter to keep residents and their families up-to-date on what is happening in and around Birchleigh, including photos of activities, major resident milestones, and staff updates.
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes Our policy requires incidents of challenging behaviour to be documented and referred to an RN who can then refer this to the appropriate specialist if required. All staff are required to show competence in this area by completing regular questionnaires.
Confused Residents Yes Our Registered Nurse will check for any medical causes leading to confusion. If the resident is at risk of injuring themself, physical restraints may be employed.
Lounges/seating areas Yes We have a large open lounge area which can accommodate all Braeside residents at one time.
Outings Yes We have two minibuses, and we offer regular excursions under the constant supervision of our Activities Coordinators and caregivers.
Rural Setting Yes Birchleigh is situated on the outskirts of Mosgiel and offers views of rolling hills and farmland.
Sprinklers Yes Our entire facility is protected by a comprehensive network of sprinklers and monitored alarms.
Updated: 11 Jan 2017
Special Features
Birchleigh's Hospital Unit is known as "Braeside" which a reference to the area of the Taieri Plains it looks out on. The unit is surrounded by a restful garden. We are some distance from any major roads or industrial sites, so the unit offers a very quiet and peaceful setting.
Updated: 28 Jun 2010
Interests & Activities
Activity programme, Advocate, Age Concern, Alzheimer's Society, Arthritis society, Big print books, Blind Foundation, Breakfast in bed, Cards, Church, Classical Music, Concerts, Cooking, Craft, Digital camera, Electric beds, Entertainers, Entertainment, Exercises, Fax, Golden Oldies, Happy Hour, Housie, Indoor Games, Jigsaw, Library, Minibus, Movies, Music, Newspaper reading, Organ, Outings, Parkinson's Society, Pastoral care, Pianist, Quizzes, Reading, Sing-a-longs, Singing, Sky TV, Vegetarian, Videos, Views
Updated: 28 Jun 2010
Additional Information
TopicDetails
Details re Meals A wide variety of nutritious meals are offered at Birchleigh. Individual likes and dietary requirements are catered for, and the menu is revised every six weeks. Fresh fruit is readily available.
Staffing Details Birchleigh's Braeside unit is extremely fortunate to maintain a stable, well-trained team. Our staff have a passion for the work they do and the residents they care for, and they know each resident on a first name basis.
Associated Complexes Birchleigh's Braeside Hospital unit is part of the overall Birchleigh Residential Care Facility, which also includes the Silverstream Rest Home unit and Janefield Demetia Care unit. Birchleigh sits alongside Chatsford - The Lifestyle Choice, a modern resort-style retirement community comprising 165 town houses and 70 apartments.
Fees Details/Fees Do Not Include Please contact our Nurse Manager for fee details.
Updated: 28 Jun 2010
Languages Spoken
LanguageStatusDetails
English Yes
Updated: 28 Jun 2010
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual AffiliationsStatusDetails
Anglican Yes An Anglican service is available once a month in the Chatsford Retirement Community which is on the same site.
Baptist Yes A regular service is offered, and other denominations are also welcomed.
Non denominational Yes Services available on fortnightly on Thursdays and Sundays.
Presbyterian Yes Regular visits and church services are offered.
Roman Catholic Yes Regular visits and church services are offered.
Updated: 28 Jun 2010
Distances
LocationDistanceDetails
Public Transport 0.10 km A local "loop" bus service stops right next to the main entrance to Birchleigh. A daily bus service is also available to and from Dunedin City.
Shops 1.50 km Mosgiel township is approximately 1.5 km from the Birchleigh facility. Mosgiel sits at the northern end of the Taieri Plains, so the terrain is entirely flat.
Mall 17.00 km Dunedin's main shopping centre is approximately 17 km from Mosgiel. A large proportion of this is motorway driving on SH1. The time to travel from Mosgiel to Dunedin is approximately 20 minutes.
Parks 2.00 km There are a number of parks around Mosgiel, the closest of which are approximately 2.0 km from Birchleigh.
Library 1.50 km Birchleigh maintains a small library of books for resident use. There is also a public library in Mosgiel township.
Updated: 28 Jun 2010
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & MembershipStatusDetails
CareerForce Yes
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Yes
Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA) Yes Through our sister company - Chatsford - The Lifestyle Choice
CareerForce New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA)
Updated: 11 Jan 2017

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