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Edith Cavell Lifecare & Village
40 Head Street
Christchurch 8081
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Make your home at Edith Cavell Lifecare & Village

When it comes to everyday life, Edith Cavell makes it easy with a choice of spacious studio rooms, village townhouses, and large rest home rooms, complete with WiFi and a call bell system. There’s also an on-site hospital to give you added peace of mind.

Part of the Sumner community since 1970 and extensively refurbished since then, Edith Cavell Lifecare & Village is set amongst landscaped gardens just a stroll from the friendly Sumner village and the sea. We also offer short stay, respite, convalescence and palliative care.

We offer everything from a scooter bay to SKY TV, physiotherapy, podiatry, hairdressing and health checks. We have a range of recreational activities including indoor bowls, exercise classes, quizzes and social gatherings. Our facility van is always on hand for outings.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 13 Sep 2018
DHB Respite Care Booking Service
DHB Respite Care Booking Service
We provide DHB Respite Care Booking Service.
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 19
Vacancy Yes
Impending vacancy No
Premium Room Charges Some Rooms from $20.00/day up to $40.00/day as at 11 Aug 2022
MOH Certification and Audit Report View MOH certification and audit report (opens in a new tab)
Extra admission requirements due to COVID-19 Yes
Updated: 11 Aug 2022
Care Apartment Bed and Vacancy Details
Care Apartment Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 11
Care Apartment Vacancy Yes
Care Apartment Impending vacancy No
MOH Certification and Audit Report View MOH certification and audit report (opens in a new tab)
Updated: 11 Aug 2022
Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse 252 Yes We provide 24 hour Registered Nurse cover as we provide hospital level care.
Nurse Practitioner No We readily refer to Nurse Specialists as required and seek their advice and guidance on a whole range of issues relating to aged care, infection control and health and safety.
Enrolled Nurse Yes
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers Yes All our caregivers commence the level 3 careerforce training for Health Care Assistants if they don't already have a caregivers certificate on starting employment.
Physiotherapist Yes Our physiotherapist will assess and work with residents as required and works closely with our experienced registered nurses. We have two caregivers assigned to assist with the walking programme.
Social Worker (on site) Negotiable Social Workers are readily accessible for consultation and visits as required.
Diversional Therapist Yes A programme of diversional therapy for hospital residents is posted monthly - this is in a group or one on one. We have a Diversional Therapist to provide some more input into hospital care level residents
Activities Co-ordinator Yes
Hairdresser Yes We have a hairdresser who has been attending Edith Cavell for a number of years or you can invite your own to visit you.
Podiatrist Yes Attends each client 6 weekly.
Dietitian Yes Registered staff will refer residents to a dietitian if indicated after nutritional assessment.
Accredited Visitors Yes We allow vetted volunteers to assist in activities, outings and one on one time with residents.
Kaumatua Negotiable We endeavour to assist residents to maintain any cultural ties they may have in the community before coming to Edith Cavell.
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes Local ministers visit regularly and we have a chaplain for additional support. Various religious groups can be arranged to visit to provide services for all of our residents.
Other Personnel Yes Volunteer visitors.
Updated: 14 Nov 2018
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise Status Details
Oxygen Management Yes Oxygen therapy can be provided.
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes We provide palliative and end of life care. Support is given by the palliative nurse team from Nurse Maude.
Wound Care Yes Registered Nurses provide regular wound care as necessary with the support of the wound care specialists if required.
Diabetic Care Yes Care of diabetics given and the diabetic specialist nurse will visit if required.
Continence Advice Yes All residents will be assessed by the Registered Nurse as instructed from the regular visits of the continence advisor
Stomal Therapy Yes
Stroke Rehabilitation Yes
Infection Control Yes An infection control nurse attends annual infection control training.
Clinical Management Yes A full time Clinical Nurse Manager is employed and on call out of hours.
Updated: 13 Sep 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 Short or long term respite care is given.
Carer Support Yes
Other Short Stay Programme Yes
High Care Needs Yes
Subsidised Yes Residents on a subsidy are welcome.
Private Paying Yes Private paying residents are welcome.
Booking can be made in advance Yes Advance bookings are taken
Updated: 13 Sep 2018
Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes Rooms are fully furnished and we encourage residents to personalize their rooms. Sky and Freeview Television can be arranged with our Facility Manager.
Single Rooms Yes Rooms are equipped with spacious showers, and safety grab rails. Nurse call system available.
Rooms suitable for a couple Yes We have some rooms suitable for a couple - depending on availability.
Ensuite Yes Some rooms have ensuites available, discuss with the Facility Manager.
Alcohol Permitted Yes This may need to be supervised by the Registered Nurse. There is happy hour each week, greatly enjoyed by the residents.
Pets In Residence Yes We have a cat.
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes We are happy to discuss options for your pets. Only some rooms can accommodate animals, and no caged birds.
Phone Access In Own Room Yes This needs to be organised by the resident/family.
Wifi Yes Free Wifi available.
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes
Cater for under 65 yrs with Disability Yes If a prospective client is happy to integrate with older people.
Lounges/seating areas Yes Lounges are equipped with comfortable seating and televisions with DVD players. The area is large enough for residents to run meetings, invite guests and partake in a variety of organised functions.
Gay / LGBT IQ Friendly Yes A no discrimination policy is in place to provide a friendly and caring space for residents.
Primary Health Funded Short Term Care Yes You may qualify for Primary Options For Acute Care Funding. Ask your GP for details.
Provide End of Life/Palliative Care Yes We offer End of life/Palliative care with the support of the Specialist Palliative care team from Nurse Maude.
Outings Yes As part of the activities programme, regular trips are provided to the local community. These can include shopping, sightseeing and picnics.
Maori Kaupapa Yes
Residents Committee Yes Meetings every second month.
Family Committee No Family are welcome to join the residents meeting.
Newsletter Yes Monthly.
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes Our staff are trained to recognise and manage a range of behaviours that residents may have.
Confused Residents Yes Our staff are trained to recognise and manage a range of behaviours that residents may have. Accommodation available if not causing disturbance to other residents.
Rural Setting No Garden and hill views. Two blocks from beach and cafe.
Updated: 30 Apr 2020
Special Features
Special Features
Edith Cavell Lifecare Complex offers all the benefits of a care facility, including entertainment, activities and companionship. The facility is fitted with accessibility ramps, nurse call system, and smoke detectors with water sprinklers. There is public transport at the door and the beach is 400m walking distance with a lovely cafe right on the seaside promenade.

Living in Sumner means you have the best of both worlds, being close to the city and a major hospital but also being in a village atmosphere with rural environs.

The sea air is good for everyone and to wake to a big clear sky in the morning and walk the beach before coffee is part of the secret that is Sumner
Updated: 9 Oct 2018
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Our activity programme is formulated and changed monthly. Outings are a regular feature and often include stopping somewhere for coffee. Games and quizzes are always popular and there is great competition in bowls with the red and black teams competing for the annual trophy.

We have regular BBQ's over the summer months.

Age Concern and Alzheimer's Society are easily accessed through us and we welcome them to our facility. Large print books and Blind Foundation listening books form part of our library service and we also rent DVDs or videos.

Entertainers form a regular part of our programme. Sky TV is also available in the main lounges. Happy Hour with entertainment with our resident pianist feature every Friday afternoon.

Most residents choose to have breakfast in bed, however, the dining room is also open. We have a lovely garden setting and outside furniture ensures it is accessible to all. We have a small shop for toiletries onsite.
Updated: 9 Oct 2018
Additional Information
Additional Information
Topic Details
What's included in your fees and what's not Personal Items.
Staffing qualifications and details Registered Nurses and experienced Caregivers make up our care team. Skilled Domestic staff. Physio Assistant and Diversional Therapist.
Details about meals Home style cooking is a speciality at Edith Cavell. Breakfast is served in bed. Morning, afternoon tea and supper is served to you in your own room or in the dining room. Our main meal is at midday and all diets are catered for at Edith Cavell.
Associated Complexes Part of Heritage Lifecare
Updated: 13 Sep 2018
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
Cantonese Yes
Chinese Yes
English Yes
Fijian Yes
Fijian Indian Yes
Filipino Yes
Hindi Yes
Interpreter Yes On request - may take 24hrs
Malay Yes
Mandarin Yes
Nepali Yes
Portugesse Yes
Punjabi Yes
Swedish Yes
Tagalog Yes
Welsh Yes
Updated: 13 Sep 2018
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Anglican Yes
Baptist Yes
Christian Yes
Denominations/Faiths represented Yes We warmly welcome any individual to our home.
Inter denominational Yes
Non denominational Yes
Roman Catholic Yes
Updated: 13 Sep 2018
Location Distance Details
Public Transport 0.10 Km To bus stop.
Shops 1.00 Km There is a supermarket and many friendly cafes in the village.
Mall 5.00 Km
Parks 0.40 Km
Library 1.00 Km A selection of books are collected from the library for the use of residents on a monthly basis. Full library facilities available from our own complex.
Updated: 13 Sep 2018
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
Approved provider of Professional Development and Recognition Programme Yes
National Certificate in Diversional Therapy Yes
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Yes
Registered Retirement Village? Yes
Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA) Yes
Other details Yes Please talk to the Care Home Manager if you have vacancy queries. We sometimes have a waiting list and priorities can change quickly. We will always endeavour to help as best as we can. Ph 03 3266608
Approved provider of Professional Development and Recognition Programme New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Registered Retirement Village? Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA)
Updated: 19 Mar 2020

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