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Brylyn Residential Care
Hospital Care
200 Te Kowhai Road
Te Rapa
Hamilton 3288
Postal Address
200 Te Kowhai Road
RD 8
Hamilton 3288
(07)849 4025
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Joan Estolas - 07 8494025
Caitlin and Joe - 02102574007
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Visitors as usual (but not if you’re unwell or recently returned from overseas)
We provide quality Hospital, Rest Home, Respite, Convalescent and Palliative Levels of Care. We utilize the InterRai Assessment Tool, endorsed by the Ministry of Health, to assess our residents and prepare a comprehensive and personalized Long Term Care Plan, to ensure the resident receives the most appropriate standard of care to meet their assessed needs.

This is done in consultation with the family by a registered nurse and filed online through an integrated computing system. This means the plan can be accessed and reviewed readily through different assessment agencies when needed.

The assessments and Care Planning is done within our small privately owned rest home, which has a very homely, friendly and welcoming ambiance, in a country setting to meet the individualized needs of your loved ones.

We have friendly, kind and caring staff so your loved ones feel right at home.

We offer this quality care in a country setting, which is noted to be very beneficial to the resident's health. We have home cooked meals, and home baked cakes, scones, muffins, slices, the aroma of which greets you as you enter the door!

Our residents have a fortnightly van ride to feed the ducks at the lake, drive around the countryside, or just to have an ice cream on a warm summer's day.

Our Activities Co-ordinator works from 9am - 2pm weekdays and offers exercises, painting, some craft work, bingo, jigsaws, world affairs, walks in the garden, weekly music, etc. We have a Interdenominational Church service fortnightly on a Tuesday and communion for those interested. We are happy to organize a service / visit from a minister of any denomination if needed.

We provide a range of services which include Long Term Hospital / Rest Home, Short Term Respite / Convalescent Care, Palliative and Day Care, for both the elderly and under 65.

Recently Brylyn was awarded with a 3 year certification from the Waikato District Health Board, to continue providing Residential Care. We are happy to have achieved the 3 year contract and it reflects our commitment to continue providing a quality and personalized standard of care to the community.

We are happy to answer your questions on any queries you may have regarding the full-time or respite placement of your loved ones in our warm and friendly home. If you are needing time for yourself from caring for a loved one, you can enquire with the Disability Support Link for help for respite care Carer Support, or if you are recuperating after an illness or operation, and need time to recover, ring and book yourself at Brylyn Residential Care.

We are happy to receive bookings for all Hospital / Rest Home, Respite Care, Convalescent Care, Half Day Stays, Overnight Stays, EXCEPT Dementia Care. PLEASE EMAIL brylynresthome@gmail.com
OR PHONE 07 8494025 or 02102574007
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 19 May 2018
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 10
Vacancy No
Impending vacancy No
Premium Room Charges Some Rooms from $10/day up to $40/day as at 01 Apr 2021
MOH Certification and Audit Report View MOH certification and audit report (opens in a new tab)
Updated: 6 May 2021
Facility Name : Brylyn Residential Care
Posted on : 2018/05/15 10:48:26

TITLE : Kindness and compassion

The Positives : Staff were very gentle and kind. Cheery and pleasant. The home is very clean and doesn't have that smell often associated with elderly persons rest homes. Its more like a family home than an institution. When my father passed away they advised the other residents and celebrated his life with a beautiful photo, candle and fresh flowers- the compassion and empathy of the staff was wonderful. Dad was very happy in Brylyn, he enjoyed the food which was delicious and the interaction with everyone

The Negatives :

Suggestions or General Comment : When our time comes we would be more than happy to stay at Brylyn. Beautiful setting and the Studio rooms are like home.

To see the full review (including ratings) please click here https://www.agedadvisor.nz/search/aged-care/Brylyn-Residential-Care-RD-8-Hamilton#reviews
Updated: 19 May 2018
Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse 168 Yes We have a NZNC Registered Nurse on duty 24 hrs a day, as well as a Nurse Manager in charge.
Nurse Practitioner 0.00 Yes Nurse Practioner visits on a Tuesday
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers 268 Yes We have caregivers rostered on 24 hours a day.
Physiotherapist 0.00 Yes A physiotherapist is available for re-assessments of residents requiring higher level of cares, for staff training and privately if requested by family. Please liaise with the NM / RN on duty for arrangments.
Occupational Therapist 0.00 Negotiable Referral to community OT will be made if needed.
Social Worker (on site) 0.00 No We are happy to liaise with the social workers if needed.
Diversional Therapist No We do not have a Diversional Therapist currently, but activities are conducted daily - Mon - Fri by our Activities Co-ordinator, Mahi.
Activities Co-ordinator 25 Yes Our activities co-ordinator works from 9.45am to 2pm every week day. There is a varied programme including a fortnightly bus trip to the lake for duck feeding, drive out in the country, or just to enjoy an ice cream in summer!
Hairdresser 3-4hrs Yes We have our long-term hairdresser. Emmy available every fortnight on a Monday for several hours to make our ladies and gentlemen look gorgeous. Emmy's rates are quite reasonable.
Podiatrist Yes A Podiatrist visits in monthly as needed to attend to foot problems.
Dietitian Yes A Dietician helps set up the winter and summer menu, and is accessible for residents requiring a Dietician's input for medical reasons.
Accredited Visitors Negotiable Brylyn Residential Care is happy to organise accredited visitors for clients needing this service.
Kaumatua Yes We are happy to organize a Kaumatua visit as needed.
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes A Vicar visits Brylyn Residential Care regularly, and Communion is offered to residents at the facility as needed. We are happy to organise a visit from any denomination minister / church if needed.
Other Personnel Yes We have a gardener and handyman to maintain the gardens and repairs around the facility, fixing TV reception/antennas/doors/locks/call bells and cleaners to keep the place clean and tidy. Please negotiate with the RN on duty for any help if needed.
Updated: 4 Sep 2020
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise Status Details
Oxygen Management Yes We have oxygen available in the facility as well as Concentrator oxygen for use in residents requiring this, as well as inhouse GP for advice and support.
Gastronomy/Nasogastric Management Yes We have qualified staff to manage P.E.G / Naso-gastric Feeds.
Palliative Care (Contracted) Yes We work closely with Hospice Waikato, and utilize their expertise as needed. We have RNs 24/7 to manage Palliative Care in the facility, as well as the inhouse GP for liaison, advice and review of residents.
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes We have Registered Nurses on duty 24/7, who manage End of Life Needs in the facility, as well the oversight of the inhouse GP.
IV Antibiotic Capability No We will get staff trained for this if there is a high need of this in our residents.
Dialysis Yes We have Registered Nurses 24/7 to be able to provide Peritoneal Dialysis support.
Wound Care Yes We have competent RNs to assess, manage and evaluate wounds, with the oversight of the Nurse Manager. We use Aseptic / infection Control methods in all procedures, and are happy to liaise with the Wound Care Nurse from WPH, if required.
Diabetic Care Yes We manage our Diabetic residents in the facility as per the Medical Practitioner's Medical Care Plan, monitor blood sugars regularly, liaise with the GP as needed to titre insulin doses. Our cooks cater to the Diabetic Diets as needed.
Continence Advice Yes We are in the process of organizing continence advice for all our trained / untrained staff to meet the specific requirements of our residents.
Stomal Therapy Yes We are happy to make a referral for any clients who come into care with this.
Infection Control Yes All staff are expected to adhere to the facility's Infection Control Policy, which is aligned to WHO / M.O.H policies on Infection Control. Staff have access to P.P.E's and are expected to utilize these when required , whilst minimizing wastage.
Psychiatric Care No We are happy to liaise with the GP to make referrals to a psychiatrist if needed by any resident.
Clinical Management Yes We have a Clinical Nurse Manager with oversight of the facility.
Other Specialties No We are happy to make any required referrals to other Nrsing Specialities.
Updated: 19 May 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 We cater for Respite Care, either funded by the Ministry of Health or private respite. Please phone 07 8494025 / 02102574007 or email brylynresthome@gmail.com or brylynoffice@gmail.com for more information.
Carer Support Yes We cater for short term stays for Convalescent Care , family relief or general need for short term care.
Other Short Stay Programme No We also offer Half Day Stays. for parents of people working, or needing some time off for shopping, etc.
Subsidised Yes We have a number of contracts with the Ministry of Health including Respite, Convalescent,Hospital and Rest Home Care. MOH provides funding as per property assessments. Ph 07 8494025 / 02102574007 or email brylynresthome@gmail.com
Private Paying Yes We accept private paying long or short term residents .The price per day is set by the Ministry of Health at $162.25/ night. Please phone 07 8494025 / 02102574007 or email brylynresthome@gmail.com. The charges for the deluxe studio unit is $202.25 /night.
Booking can be made in advance Yes You can book your care in advance by contacting the Nurse Manager on 07 8494025 / 02102574007/ 02108397952 or email brylynresthome@gmail.com
Updated: 21 Jul 2020
Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes Residents can bring their own furniture, so long as this can be accomodated in the rooms / space.
Single Rooms Yes 15 single rooms
Shared Rooms No We have 5 rooms that are double rooms, and can be utililised for couples.
Rooms suitable for a couple Yes 5 Double rooms, and 8 Studio Units will be suitable for couples.
Ensuite Yes 8 Studio rooms plus one single room have ensuites.
Alcohol Permitted Yes Some residents have a beer at Happy Hour, and if this has been the norm for them, the nurse is obliged to give a little drink in the evening if needed.
Pets In Residence Yes 1 cat who stays in the studio room. 1 small dog who stays in a rest home room.
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet No We have a two dogs that visit from Canine Friends Pet Therapy.
Phone Access In Own Room Yes All rooms have a phone jack and residents are welcome to have their own phones connected in their room. There is also a portable phone that residents can use .
Wifi Yes Available.
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes All studio rooms have their own remote to adjust the air conditioning unit. Heating for the rest of the home is gas heating through vents in the floor. All residents are welcome to have their own additional heating in their room if needed.
Cater for under 65 yrs with Disability Yes We are funded for those who qualify for under 65 care and private payers are accepted under this category.
Lounges/seating areas Yes We have a large main lounge and a quiet room/family room for residents needing quiet time or for reading, as well as the main dining room for meals and activities.
Gay / LGBT IQ Friendly Yes
Primary Health Funded Short Term Care Yes If you need short term care either private or funded through the Waikato DHB please call our Nurse Manager on 8494025 to book.
Provide End of Life/Palliative Care Yes We have Registered Nurses on duty 24/7, which makes providing Palliative / End of Life Care easier, as well as an in-house GP to liaise with for reviews and medications.
Palliative Care Contract Yes We provide Palliative Care as needed in End of Life Care. We have RNs on duty 24/7.
Day Programme for day stay clients Yes Day care is available 7 days/week, $46 per day. This includes main meal at midday, morning and afternoon tea, RN / Carer oversight and intervention if needed. We have a contract with the Waikato DHB for this service and funding could be available through Waikato DHB or contact Disability Support Link.
Outings Yes Mini Van trip fortnightly.
Whanau Room Yes We have a quiet room available for families.
Maori Kaupapa Yes Can be organized as needed.
Residents Committee No A quarterly Resident Meeting is organized by the Activities Co-ordinator, Admin Manager and the Nurse Manager. The meeting minutes are recorded , issues raised discussed for resolution with the Directors / Owners, and update given back to residents.
Family Committee No Families are welcome to discuss issues with us on a daily basis and are welcome to contact us at any time.
Newsletter Yes Monthly
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes Inhouse policy on Challenging Behaviour to be followed. Any behaviour not able to be managed at the facility, and a direct threat to other residents/ staff will be referred to the CRISIS TEAM.
Confused Residents Yes Facility policy will be followed to ascertain the cause of confusion, infections, declining mental status and appropriate referrals or interventions to be made.
Rural Setting Yes We are in a quiet country setting with lots of fresh air with the sight of cows grazing on the horizon on surrounding farms.
Smoking Permitted Yes No Smoking inside or on the deck next to the lounge. There is a designated smoking area next to the shed.
Updated: 30 Mar 2021
Special Features
Special Features
We are a rest home in a semi rural environment which has a family like astmosphere. We have a cook who caters to individual needs and likes on a daily basis.

We maintain our resthome like a well lived in large home of an extra large family of residents and staff who like to laugh and joke and create a lively environment in the home.

We organize staff evenings where residents are invited to participate in meals, laughter, dances and relaxation with staff members.

We minimze the institutional environment of resthomes and hospitals, and have a visitors tea / coffee corner as well.
Updated: 13 Jan 2019
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Activity programme: Art, BBQ, Big print books, Bingo, Board games, Canine friends, Care and Craft, Children, Church, Classical Music, Concerts, Craft, Electric beds, Entertainers, Entertainment, Exercises, Games, Garden, Happy Hour, Jigsaw, Library, Newspaper reading, Outings, Quizzes, Reading, Sing-a-longs, Singing, Sky TV.
Updated: 15 Jan 2020
Additional Information
Additional Information
Topic Details
What's included in your fees and what's not Our daily contract rate with the Ministry of Health is $162.25 this rate is set by the Ministry of Health and is reviewed each year in July. Our Studio rooms are $202.25 per night and renovated double rooms are $172.25 per night.
Staffing qualifications and details We currently employ 25 staff who work on a rostered basis to ensure coverage of all shifts.
Details about meals We have a experienced cook who along with the dietican have created our menus. Our cook is happy to cater for individual needs and preferences.
Updated: 21 Jul 2020
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
Arabic Yes One staff who worked in Saudi speaks in Arabic.
Chinese Yes One staff member
Deaf Blind Sign Language Yes The owner is a teacher for the blind children.
English Yes All our staff have to speak in English at work.
Filipino Yes Three staff members
Gujarati Yes We have one staff who can speak Gugerati.
Hindi Yes We have several staff who can speak in Hindi.
Italian Yes We have one staff member who can speak Italian.
Mandarin Yes
Maori - Te Reo Yes We have two staff members that use Te Reo when speaking with our Maori residents.
Nepali Yes 3 staff members
Punjabi Yes Three staff speak Punjabi.
Updated: 9 Mar 2020
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Anglican Yes We have a service fortnightly
Baptist Yes On request.
Buddhist Yes On request.
Christian Yes On request
Denominations/Faiths represented Yes On request.
Evangelical Yes On request.
Hindu Yes On request.
Inter denominational Yes On request.
Muslim Yes On request.
Jehovah Witness Yes On request.
Jewish Yes On request.
Methodist Yes On request.
Pentecostal Yes On request.
Presbyterian Yes On request.
Ratana Yes On request.
Roman Catholic Yes On request.
Seventh Day Adventist Yes On request.
Sikh Yes On request.
Shinto Yes On request.
The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints Yes On request.
Updated: 9 Mar 2020
Location Distance Details
Public Transport 3.00 Km Available from Te Rapa Straight
Shops 3.00 Km Te Rapa The Base is our nearest set of shops
Mall 3.00 Km Te Rapa The Base
Parks 5.00 Km Situated in Pukete
Library 8.00 Km Hamilton Central
Updated: 13 Jan 2019
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
CareerForce Yes Staff are participating in courses offered by CareerForce.
Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available. Yes Our audit report is available. Please email brylyn@clear.net.nz for a copy of our latest audit report from Verification NZ.
CareerForce Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available.
Updated: 31 Jan 2014
What's New
What's New
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April 2021

Hello everyone,

I hope you are enjoying the lovely autumn weather we are having and that some of you have managed to get a break away before winter sets in.

Our birthdays this month and were for Christine West on the 11th, Mark Matthews on the 16th and Nina Taua on the 24th.

Our surprise lunch on the 15th was a McDonalds burger with chips and a drink and chocolate brownies for dessert from the kitchen made by Lin, our chef.

We have now organised a bus trip every week to enable each resident to get a turn to go on an outing. We will try to make the weekly trips to the same place for the month, weather allowing of course and if it is wheelchair friendly. This month’s trips went out to Hamilton Gardens, to Morrinsville and to the Taitua Farm then a countryside drive along Mason and Howden Roads, the Whatawhata Road and through Perrin Park in Te Kowhai.

We had Charlie and Marlene to entertain residents on 16th while some of the residents went on their bus trip.

Roy Sledger and Ian came in on the 23rd to talk about model trains. He brought in a model train display of a scene in Italy which was beautifully done to scale by himself and this and his talk was enjoyed by the residents.

A craft was done for Anzac Day where residents cut out and made poppies from felt, some poppies were painted and one of our residents sewed buttons on for some of the poppy centres. We then placed them on a board which was displayed on the dining room notice board which looked wonderful!

Reg came in on Sunday 25th and held an Anzac Service for our residents which followed with Anzac biscuits for afternoon tea.

Happy Hour was on the 30th with a new entertainer, Christophe, who played the guitar and sang and got the residents to join in on occasions.

The weekend entertainers this month were Louise, Gail, Charlie, Peter and George.

On Wednesday afternoons Lisa comes in with her dog, Boomer, who is very popular with our residents and staff, and Christine brings her dog, Cookie, in on other occasions. This service from the Canine Friends Pet Therapy is much appreciated.

Religious services are held twice a month and a religious discussion in the alternate weeks. We thank David for doing our quizzes. We have daily exercises and Bingo twice a week with games mornings and walks outside to take in the fresh air and sunshine.

Thank you to Mahi, Vidhi and staff for the wonderful photos that they take of all the events in our facility. Well done to you all - we love the photos.

Keep well everyone, stay safe, until next month,

Regards from all at Brylyn.  

March 2021

Autumn is here and we are out of daylight saving; enjoy the months we have left of good weather before winter sets in.

The birthdays this month were for three of our gentlemen; Brian Dunkin on 12th, David Shrimpton on 27th and Snow Brown on 29th with cakes from the kitchen to be shared with everyone. Happy Birthday to you.

We had a cake for Floss and Brian to celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary. Mahi arranged a special romantic lunch set out under the gazebo for them. Well done to the staff and Mahi.

On the 3rd we had another summer BBQ lunch but unfortunately the weather let us down in the morning so our residents had to eat in the dining room but still enjoyed the occasion.

Our surprise lunch on the 16th was a good occasion too; with fish and chips in individual boxes from the Seafood Bazaar (the fresh fish shop) and this was followed by homemade Banoffee Pie for dessert.

On St Patricks Day, staff and residents wore something green and we celebrated with Charlie and Marlene entertaining us. Staff got some of the residents up and dancing - it was a lovely happy event. Drinks were served at lunchtime with the meal followed with a green pudding.

The bus trip was out to Ngaroto Lake, Te Awamutu, on the 12th where the residents enjoyed sitting out in the sunshine by the water.

On the 26th we had Charlie from the Waikato Astrological Society who came in to do a talk on Rocket Engineering with visuals on the TV. This was followed by Happy Hour at 2pm with Gail, a country and western singer, who got the residents singing along with her.

There was an Easter craft morning with Mahi, where some of the residents painted and decorated eggs and the results were wonderful.

Lisa comes in with her dog, Boomer, on Wednesday afternoons and Christine brings her dog, Cookie, in on other occasions - both for dog therapy with our residents. This service from the Canine Friends Pet Therapy is much appreciated.

The weekend entertainers this month were Louise, Gail, Charlie, and George.

Religious services are held twice a month and a religious discussion in the alternate weeks. Thanks go to

David for doing the quizzes. We have daily exercises and Bingo twice a week with games mornings and walks outside to take in the fresh air and sunshine.

Keep well everyone, stay safe, until next month,

Regards from all at Brylyn.  

February 2021

It is the end of another month and we are well into the new year. We have had wonderful long, hot summer  days which we must make the most of with Autumn not far away.

The Birthdays that we celebrated this month with a cake from our kitchen were for Bruce Scott on the 14th and Pat Smith on the 18th where we all sang Happy Birthday to them. Our staff do a wonderful job of decorating the cakes too.

Valentine’s day was also a happy occasion in the facility and there was more cake!

We have resumed the foot spa treat for our residents as requested and which is appreciated and enjoyed by them.

Our three bus trips this month went to Hamilton Lake on 12th, 19th and on the 26th. Residents enjoyed getting out and about and were also treated to a McDonald’s ice cream.

Our surprise meal on the 17th was from KFC. Residents had a snack box each of chicken tenders and chips and a pudding made from our kitchen which was all enjoyed by all.

Peter Whalley entertained residents playing his guitar and singing at the Happy hour on Friday afternoon on the 26th. It is wonderful to hear everyone singing along and enjoying themselves.

Lisa comes in with her dog Boomer and Christine brings Cookie in, both for dog therapy with our residents -this service is much appreciated.

We always say a big thank you to our weekend entertainers who were Louise, Gail, Charlie, George and Peter.

Religious services are held twice a month and a religious discussion in the alternate weeks.

David voluntarily comes in weekly to do quizzes for which we are most grateful.

There are daily exercises and Bingo twice a week with games mornings and walks outside to take in the fresh air and sunshine.

Keep well everyone, stay safe, until next month,

Regards from all at Brylyn.

January 2021

We are well into the new year and hopefully all enjoying the summer weather. We can be grateful for being able to move around New Zealand, to have holidays within and to be able to be with our families.

Welcome to our new resident Marie Johansen, who we hope will be happy here with us at Brylyn.

We had three birthdays this month, Raymond Matson on 6th, Adrian Ngamotu on the 21st and Ian Birse on the 26th, Happy Birthday to our three gentlemen. Our chef provided a cake from the kitchen for morning tea to share with all the residents.

Raymond and Joyce celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary on the 12th where they shared a cake from our kitchen with everyone. Happy Anniversary to them!

Peter Whalley was in on the 9th to entertain in the morning getting everyone to sing along with him and Happy Hour with snacks and drinks on the 29th with Charlie and Marlene entertaining and again there was good participation from our residents. A good time had by all.

Thank you to our weekend entertainers, Louise, George and Peter.

The bus trip this month was to Lake Karapiro – this was enjoyed by those who went there.

Religious services are held twice a month and a religious discussion in the alternate weeks.

David voluntarily comes in weekly to do quizzes for which we are most grateful.

There are daily exercises and Bingo sessions twice a week, always popular with Ian Birse calling. Thanks again to Ian who is one of our residents.

We have games mornings and walks outside to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.

Keep well everyone, stay safe, until next month,

Regards from all at Brylyn.

December 2020

We hope you have had a wonderful festive season and here’s wishing you all the very best for 2021.

 Birthdays for the month of December were for Robert Brough on the 12th, Lindsey Jordan on the 20th and Glenys Alexander on the 21st. A cake was provided from our kitchen for morning tea with all the residents.

Sadly, two of our residents passed away, our condolences go out to the families of Bruce Ogilvie and Lindsey Jordan.

We welcome Lena ‘Billy’ Phillips for a short stay with us.

Christmas decorations went up and on the 4th we took photos of our residents by our new Christmas tree with a copy given out to both residents and family. They are beautiful photos and well done to our caregiver, Vidhi, who did a splendid job!

Peter Whalley was in on the 9th to entertain in the morning getting everyone to sing along with him.

A morning tea was held on the 10th where we thanked our Volunteers and handed out gifts, not forgetting the two doggies that visit our residents, Boomer and Cookie. Some of our residents stood up to say their thanks including one of our Registered Nurses, Thelma. There as a delicious spread afterwards which turned out to be a good social event.

Entertainment with Charlie and Marlene went well on the 11th where they also got residents to join in and sing along. Charlie sang the favourites with some wonderful news songs, ending with a medley of well-known Christmas carols.

The bus trip on the 11th residents went to Palmers Garden Centre Café for coffee and cake and then a walk in the plants garden.

Our new vinyl was installed in the lounge and dining areas on the weekend of the 12th and 13th. This went well. We thank our residents and staff for their patience and understanding with this major disruption. The staff were amazing with serving meals in the rooms and taking extra care of our residents.

Residents went out in the evening on the 17th in two buses to see the Christmas lights. It is wonderful to see the effort that people make to decorate their houses and gardens.

We invited family to come in and join our residents for a shared family lunch. Staff put on a show, dancing to ‘Jingle Bells’ and then showed a video they had made of all the residents doing dance movements to the same song; an occasion enjoyed by all. Well done staff!

On the 24th we had our Christmas Happy Hour with Glen Carley entertaining. Residents were given their Christmas presents and photos from Brylyn by Santa with staff dressing up in ‘mufti.’

We had a special Christmas menu for lunch on Christmas day:

Starter: Italian Antipasto Platter: Prosciutto, Salami, Ham, Blue Cheese, Aged Cheddar Cheese, Brie Cheese, Grapes, Olives and Crackers. Prawn Twisters & Lemon Pepper Squid.

Mains: Roast Lamb with Mint Sauce & Gravy. Roast Turkey with Cranberry Jam. Roasted Vegetables -Baby Potatoes, Golden Kumara and Carrots. Fresh Mini Bread Rolls.

Green Salad – Mesclun, Rocket, Tomato, Capsicum, Alfalfa served with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing.

Dessert: Christmas Pudding and Custard. Mini Lemon Curd Tart. Mini Peach & Passion Fruit Tart.

L & P came in on the 31st to entertain our residents for the last day of the year with some wonderful music and singing.

Our religious service is held twice a month and a religious discussion in the alternate weeks.

David comes in weekly to do quizzes. We have daily exercises and Bingo sessions twice a week which draws a big crowd. There are games mornings and walks in the fresh air and sunshine. Thank you to our weekend entertainer, Louise.

Keep well everyone, until next month

Regards from all at Brylyn.

November 2020

We are well into spring with summer just around the corner and on the countdown to Christmas!

Our Christmas decorations are up making the facility look very festive.

 We welcome our new resident from Christchurch, Ashley Connor, and hope he will be happy here with us. Ashley celebrated his birthday on the 10th with a cake from our kitchen to share with all our residents. Happy Birthday Ashley!

On Friday 13th we had Peter Mudie and his wife in to talk about Bonsai growing where they also displayed some bonsai trees and in the evening the staff celebrated Diwali. We provided Indian food and some staff brought in Indian desserts. There was dancing and the occasion was enjoyed by both residents and staff.

Our surprise lunch on 25th was Kentucky Fried Chicken (Chicken and Chips in individual boxes) and served with rolls, followed by Brandy Snap and Toffee Sauce pudding.

Happy Hour on the 27th was a joyous ‘singalong’ occasion with Tipene while he sang and played his guitar with a good variety of songs.

Some of the residents went for a van drive on 30th to the Jukebox Diner Cafe for coffee and a scone.

Our religious service is held twice a month and a religious discussion in the alternate weeks.


David comes in weekly to do quizzes. We have daily exercises and Bingo sessions twice a week which draws a big crowd now. There are games mornings and walks in the fresh air and sunshine. Our weekend entertainers were Charlie, George, Wendy, Peter and Roy.

Just a friendly note that if you are visiting on the weekend of the 12th and 13th of December, we are having new floor vinyl fitted in the lounge and dining room. There will be major disruptions and noise and no entry around that area. Thank you for understanding while this is being done.

Every year we cook a special Christmas lunch here for our Residents and just a friendly reminder that we will be unable to accommodate any family to join us as the facility is full. Good news though that we are full!

Please can you let us know, once you have made your arrangements, if Mum or Dad will be in or out for lunch on the 25th and what time you will pick them up. Thank you.

Keep well everyone, until next month

Regards from all at Brylyn.

October 2020

We are having such lovely warm spring days, it is certainly good to be out of winter and almost into summer!

This month we celebrated birthdays with a cake from our kitchen for morning tea for Ross Roulston on the 4th and Wayne Rolton on the 23rd – Happy Birthday to both gentlemen.

We say thanks to Len who plays the piano for the hymns in the religious services with Reg and Jan and thanks to David who takes religious service and does a quiz with the residents on alternative weeks.

To make it easier for our residents to vote, the ‘special voting box’ was organised here at the facility during the month which proved to be a success.

Residents loved the bus drive on the 9th out to Woodlands and then to Jasen Park. Our second drive of the month on Friday 30th was out to the Punnet café in Tamahere for coffee.

On the 14th was our surprise meal and this time it was ‘take out’ pizza followed by a delicious fresh fruit salad and cream. This monthly event proves to be popular with our residents and keeps them guessing as to what the meal could be!

Neil Curgenven came in on the 16th and gave an interesting talk about the styles of housing in Hamilton going right back in time to the present day. We will certainly get Neil back at a later stage as he has much more to share on various subjects.

Happy hour was on Friday 30th when we were entertained by Charlie and Marlene – a fun time was had by all.

Bingo remains popular as does the games mornings. Residents are taken outside to enjoy the warm weather days as much as possible. They did a little bit of gardening using the New World miniature potting of the vegetable seeds, had an exercise session outside and went for walks too.

Keep well everyone, until next month

Regards from all at Brylyn.


September 2020

It is just wonderful to be back at level 1.

We are well into the second half of the year and spring is in the air with some wonderful warm days.

This month we celebrated birthdays for Olive Begley on the 14th, Joyce Park on the 18th and Ian Stewart on the 21st with a cake baked in our kitchen - a happy birthday to you all.

On the 1st we had our spring day celebration with everything yellow. For morning tea we had yellow cupcakes, afternoon tea a yellow cake, at lunch there was a yellow dessert, cold drinks, serviettes and placemats! It turned out to be a lovely sunny day too which was a bonus.

We had a Father’s Day event a little earlier on the 3rd where we purchased a special morning tea cake, gave out gift bags with a shower and a shaving gel in each and then for all the residents, a small chocolate. The men all sat together at one table. “Parkie” (Raymond Park) cut the cake. After lunch we had the ‘Father’s Day’ Happy Hour. In all it was a special day.

We have had the religious services resumed with Reg and Jan and with David too, who also does a quiz with the residents.

Tipene entertained at our Happy Hour with his wonderful array of songs. Residents are very happy too to have our weekend entertainers back. On the weekend after lockdown we had George and Roy in to entertain.

The monthly surprise lunch meal was held on the 17th with a meal of pies, chips, peas and gravy. The pies were from Jesters, followed by a new dessert, Banoffee pie. This occasion always goes down well with our ‘family.’

We have introduced a small ‘shopping’ cabinet in the reception area for residents to view and purchase any toiletry items they may need or cold drinks and snacks.

We are getting a good turnout for the Bingo and games mornings, and with some of the lovely winter days we have had the staff  have taken residents outside to enjoy the sunshine - there is nothing like fresh air and feeling the sun on our bodies.

Keep well everyone, until next month

Regards from all at Brylyn.

August 2020

It was so wonderful to have life back to normal even if it was for a short time and to be out of the Covid-19 lockdown. Unfortunately, we are experiencing another lockdown and being a rest home, we have your family and loved ones in our best interest and have therefore stopped all visitors coming in for the present.

We are well into the second half of the year and spring is in the air with some wonderful warm days.

Birthdays this month were for Susan Harvey on the 2nd, Colin Brewer on the 28th and Annette Coombs on the 30th. Happy Birthday to you.

Before the lockdown we had:

Jan and her dog, Macey, from the SPCA, come in for a visit. Residents always love the interaction with the dogs.

We had our religious services and the quizzes with David.

There was entertainment on the weekends by George, Peter and Wendy.

Some of our residents went on the bus outing to Morrinsville on the 7th to spot all the ‘cow’ icons in the streets and to take photos.

The trainee Occupational Therapists were doing well and enjoyed being with our residents, hopefully we can get them back soon.

The surprise lunch meal was on Friday 21st when we had a movie morning to watch “Young at Heart”  followed by Fish, Chips and Salad packed as a ‘take out’ meal in take-away containers followed by an ice cream sundae. Residents were pleasantly surprised and extremely happy not to miss their Friday ‘fish and chips.’

We are getting a good turnout for the Bingo and games mornings, and with some of the lovely winter days we have managed to take some of our residents outside to enjoy the sunshine - well done Mahi.

Keep well and stay safe, until next month

Regards from all at Brylyn.

Updated: 5 May 2021

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