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Chalmers Home
Hospital Care
20 Octavius Place
New Plymouth
(06) 758 5190
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Corie Haddock
Presbyterian Support Central, trading as Enliven
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Chalmers Home is a rest home with spark. It’s a truly elder-centred community where residents get involved in the running of the home. They tell us they love the friendly, vibrant and family-focused atmosphere, as well as the modern facility with its beautiful views over the Pacific Ocean.

Chalmers Home, like all Enliven Central homes, embraced an elder directed model of care called the Eden Alternative.

This means we work to ensure the elders of Chalmers Home have companionship, variety and spontaneity, fun, meaningful activity and purpose in their lives. It ensures that elders are involved in decisions that relate to both their personal wellbeing and what happens at their home.

Here, residents are supported to maintain their independence and routines, and to continue with hobbies, interests and passions, in a way that’s right for the individual.

Our staff are not only highly trained, they’re also friendly, caring and embrace our elder-directed philosophy of care.

At Chalmers Home, in addition to rest home care we also provide hospital level services. This means we have nurses on-duty 24-hours-a-day. The doctor also visits regularly and we are in regular contact to ensure all clinical needs are met.

Enliven’s Chalmers Home offers rest home and hospital level care services, as well as short term respite, health recovery care and an engaging day programme.

As an Enliven home we’re proud to be more than just ‘family friendly’. At Chalmers Home, your family is part of our family. After all, family, friends and the community play a big part in life here.

At Chalmers, you’ll find there are no set visiting times; you can invite your grandchildren, family and friends to visit at any time. Plus we have a great toy box and games to keep the little ones entertained!

You may like to invite family or friends to join in the special events and social outings organised by Chalmers Home. And of course, family and friends are always welcome to join you for a meal.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
Updated: 18 Jul 2016
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 33
Vacancy Yes
Impending vacancy No
Additional Room CostsSome Rooms
Updated: 20 Jun 2018
TypeHours Per WeekStatusDetails
Registered Nurse Yes A Registered Nurse is on duty 24 hrs per day
Enrolled Nurse Yes Enrolled Nurses are part of our care team
Physiotherapist Yes Contracted Physiotherapist provides manual handling training to all staff every 6 months
Own Social Worker Yes Family Works Taranaki, also run by Presbyterian Support Central, can provide counselling services when needed
Diversional Therapist Yes The full time Diversional Therapist offers a varied and stimulating programme. Weekly outings in the Chalmers Home coach along with the art, reading, crossword and cards groups are part of this programme.
Activities Co-ordinator Yes Assists Diversional therapist with Rest Home, Hospital and Day Care programmes
Hairdresser Yes Weekly hairdressing services available in the salon
Podiatrist Yes Services available on GP referral. Regular podiatry care provided by designated Registered Nurse.
Dietitian Yes Menus developed by dietician and reviewed 6 monthly. Individual dietary advice sought as required.
Accredited Visitors Yes Friends Plus, Aged Concern, Stroke Foundation, Blind Foundation, RSA, and members of relevant organisations visit regularly
Kaumatua Yes Cultural advice sought and available as necessary
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes In-house chaplain provides ecumenical support. All church denominations are welcome, and a number provide regular services.
Other Personnel Yes We are well supported by a committed team of volunteers
Updated: 18 Jul 2016
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of ExpertiseStatusDetails
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes All staff trained in palliative care. Close liasion with Taranaki Hospice.
Gastronomy/Nasogastric Management Yes
Oxygen Management Yes
Surgical Followup Yes
Wound Care Yes
Diabetic Care Yes
Continence Advisor Yes
Infection Control Yes
Stomal Therapist Yes
Psychiatric Care Yes Close Liaison with Taranaki Base Hospital Psychogeriatric Team
Stroke Rehabilitation Yes Close Liaison with A T & R Unit Taranaki Base Hospital
Tracheotomy Care Yes If required
Dialysis Yes Close liaison with Taranaki Base Hospital Renal Unit
Spinal Injuries Yes Available if required.
Gerontological Care Yes This is our speciality
Urology Yes Close liaison with Taranaki Base Hospital A T & R Unit
Community Health Yes Presbyterian Support Central provide a home based service.
Clinical Manager Yes Senior Registered Nurse in this position. We have an appointed Clinical Director.
Psychologist Yes Referral made as appropriate
Psychiatrist Yes Referral made as appropriate
Updated: 18 Jul 2016
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short StayStatusDetails
Respite Yes
Carer Support Yes
Subsidised Yes
Private Paying Yes
Updated: 18 Jul 2016
Under 65 yrs with Disability Yes Contract with Ministry of Health
Day Care Yes 5 days a week, lunchtime meal provided plus transport
Primary Health Funded Short Term Care Yes In association with DHB and NASC agency.
Palliative Care Contract Yes Te Rangimarie Hospice – New Plymouth
Whanau Room Yes Lounges available for families
Rooms (Single) Yes
Rooms (Shared) Yes
Rooms (Suit Couple) No We welcome couples at Chalmers Home, talk to us about the options available.
Ensuite No Bathrooms and toilets appropriately located throughout the facility
May Bring Own Furniture Yes The rooms can be furnished, but residents are invited to make the space their own. You can bring along your own familiar furniture and furnishings. Many residents bring along photos, artwork, ornaments, furniture and bed covers.
Alcohol Permitted Yes
Pets In Residence Yes Some pets belong to the home and residents have chosen to look after them. Other pets have moved in with their owners.
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes We understand that pets are part of the family too. Talk to us about your pet moving into the home with you – pets are usually welcomed with open arms as long as they get on with other people and animals.
Phone Access In Own Room Yes
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes
Maori Kaupapa Yes
Residents Committee Yes Meet every 2 months with an independent advocate and Manager
Newsletter Yes
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Confused Residents Yes
Lounges/seating areas Yes Residents enjoy the community feel, shared lounges, entertaining areas and gardens/courtyards.
Outings Yes
Rural Setting No Extensive coastline views
Smokers Room Yes
Smoking Permitted Yes
Sprinklers Yes
Audit report available Yes
Updated: 18 Jul 2016
Special Features
Special Features
Eden Alternative- a philosophy of care

We have adopted the Eden Alternative at Chalmers Home, which means we work to create vibrant living and work environments for our residents. We encourage residents to maintain their own routines and continue with hobbies and interests. Residents' pets, the presence of children, plenty of plants and gardens and a high level of local community involvement is a part of our Homes' everyday life.
Updated: 18 Jul 2016
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
A highlight for many residents is the social life and companionship at Chalmers Home. As well as enjoying the company of others at a similar stage of life, Chalmers Home residents get involved in organising daily happenings and special events – making the most of the varied social calendar.

We have a wide range of interest groups. Regular activities and events include sight-seeing trips, guest entertainers, craft, themed parties and gardening.

Activity and interest groups and programmes are tailored to the interests of residents. This may include: Activity programme, Advocate, Age Concern, Alzheimer's Society, Art, BBQ, Big print books, Bingo, Board games, Bowls, Bridge, Canine friends, Cards, Chapel, Children, Church, Concerts, Cooking, Craft, Dancing, Entertainers, Entertainment, Exercises, Flower arranging, Games, Garden, Gardening, Gas Fire, Golden Oldies, Greypower, Happy Hour, Holidays, Housie, Indoor Games, Internet, Jigsaw, Minibus, Movies, Music, Newspaper reading, Outings, Park, Parties, Quizzes, Reading, RSA, Shopping, Sing-a-longs, Singing
Updated: 18 Jul 2016
Additional Information
Additional Information
Details re Meals Each day we provide our residents their breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snacks. We’ll make sure you always have plenty of delicious food to enjoy. Our menus are co-designed by a dietician and chef to ensure there is plenty of diversity and that your meals are nutritious and satisfying, made right on-site. We encourage you to enjoy your meals in the dining room with your friends. Morning and afternoon tea is served around the home and snacks and fruit are always available in the dining room or kitchenettes.
Staffing Details We have a strong emphasis on continuing education. Low staff turnover indicates a commitment to the wellbeing of our clients.
Updated: 22 Jul 2016
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
English Yes
Filipino Yes
Interpreter Yes
Maori - Te Reo Yes
Samoan Yes
Tongan Yes
Updated: 18 Jul 2016
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual AffiliationsStatusDetails
Anglican Yes
Baptist Yes
Brethren Yes
Christian Yes
Denominations/Faiths represented Yes
Inter denominational Yes
Jehovah Witness Yes
Methodist Yes
Non denominational Yes
Presbyterian Yes
Roman Catholic Yes
Salvation Army Yes
Seventh Day Adventist Yes
(Other comments) Yes Chalmers Home welcomes people of all religious backgrounds and assists residents in making arrangements for worship
Updated: 18 Jul 2016
Public Transport   All available and all close to Chalmers Home as we are located centrally
Mall 1.20 km We are a 3 minute drive/15 min walk to the centre of town.
Parks   We are right around the corner from the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway.
Library   A library bus visits outside of the home every fortnight. The central library is a short distance away.
Updated: 18 Jul 2016
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & MembershipStatusDetails
CareerForce Yes
Home and Community Support Sector Standards (Standards NZ) 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
New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) Yes
Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available. Yes As with all Residential Care a summary is available on the MOH website
Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA) Yes
Spark of Life Yes
The Eden Alternative Yes Chalmers Home has adopted the Eden Alternative. Working to create vibrant living for our residents. Pets, the presence of children, plenty of plants and gardens and a high level of local community involvement is a part of our Homes' everyday life.
Other details Yes QPS Benchmarking
CareerForce New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available. Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA)
Updated: 11 Jan 2017