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Leighton House
Hospital Care
2 Cheeseman Road
Inner Kaiti
Gisborne 4010
Postal Address
PO Box 803, Gisborne 4040
(06) 867 7697
(06) 868 6352
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Teresa McGregor (operations manager)
Dementia Care NZ
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Our vision:

At Leighton House 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 NZ 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.

This is the work we have passionately chosen to do.

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
Additional Room CostsNo
Updated: 14 Oct 2015
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care18
Long term vacancyYes
Short term vacancyYes
Our rooms at Leighton House are spacious, warm and bright. Please see our comprehensive website for further information at www.leightonhouse.co.nz
Impending vacancyNo
Updated: 26 Jun 2017
TypeHours Per WeekStatusDetails
Registered Nurse Yes Monday through Friday 8am - 5pm and also on call
Physiotherapist 0.00 Yes As required if arrangements are made and at resident's own expense
Occupational Therapist 0.00 Yes Can be arranged through Gisborne Hospital
Own Social Worker 0.00 No A Social Worker can be arranged through Gisborne Hospital
Activities Co-ordinator Yes Organises a daily programme of activities in the home Monday through Friday. Also organises regular outings to join other groups in the community or to attend public events.
Hairdresser Yes Hairdresser visits Tuesday through Friday. Appointments are made and residents pay privately
Podiatrist Yes Visits to the home are arranged as necessary
Dietitian Yes Arrangements made as requied through Gisborne Hospital
Kaumatua Yes
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes A Catholic Lay Minister holds a communion service weekly. The Anglican Church holds a communion service monthly. The Presbyterian Church holds a service 3-monthly. Other ministers visit as required for their parishoners.
Updated: 31 Jan 2014
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of ExpertiseStatusDetails
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes Available On Call
Oxygen Management Yes
Surgical Followup Yes Available as needed
Wound Care Yes Nurse Specialist advice availabel on request from Gisborne Hospital
Diabetic Care Yes Nurse Specialist advice availabel on request from Gisborne Hospital
Continence Advisor Yes Nurse Specialist advice availabel on request from Gisborne Hospital
Infection Control Yes Nurse Specialist advice availabel on request from Gisborne Hospital
Stomal Therapist Yes Nurse Specialist advice availabel on request from Gisborne Hospital
Psychiatric Care Yes Crisis Team available On Call
Stroke Rehabilitation Yes Nurse Specialist advice availabel on request from Gisborne Hospital
Gerontological Care Yes Available on request from Gisborne Hospital
Clinical Manager Yes Arrah Mabias is our clinical manager
Psychologist Yes Available on request from Gisborne Hospital
Psychiatrist Yes Available on request from Gisborne Hospital
Updated: 7 Nov 2016
Under 65 yrs with Disability Yes Age related disabilities are catered for people under 65 yrs
Day Care Yes Day Care includes the midday meal. Evening meal can be arranged if needed.
Palliative Care Contract Yes Palliative Care Team available when arrangements are made by the resident's own doctor and our Registered Nurse
Rooms (Single) Yes Forty-four single rooms - 19 with a private ensuite, 18 with a shared ensuite
Rooms (Shared) Yes Six rooms are shared - two people per room - which are ideal for married couples
Rooms (Suit Couple) Yes
Ensuite Yes Thirty seven rooms have either a private ensuite or a shared ensuite
May Bring Own Furniture Yes Residents may bring any furniture that fits into their room. Lazy boy chairs encouraged
Alcohol Permitted Yes Some residents like to have wine with their meal
Pets In Residence Yes A cat is in residence, dogs visit from time to time
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes Under special circumstances this can be arranged
Phone Access In Own Room Yes Telephone points are available in all rooms
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes Central heating provided thoroughout the home
Maori Kaupapa Yes
Residents Committee Yes Residents' meetings held bi-monthly
Newsletter Yes Monthly
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes Crisis Team On Call
Confused Residents Yes Mildly confused elderly are accepted in our home
Lounges/seating areas Yes Three lounges with lovely outlooks, two over the river. Other outdoor seating areas are available.
Outings Yes Families and friends are encouraged to take their loved ones out, but we do arrange regular outings also.
Rural Setting Yes Set on the banks of the Waimata River in a residential area
Smokers Room Yes Residents may smoke in the court yard and garden area
Smoking Permitted Yes However, not encouraged. Any smokers in residence do so outside the building
Semi-Secure Yes Secure indoor and outdoor areas including the gardens
Sprinklers Yes Top Class Fire Alarm and Sprinkler Systems
Audit report available Yes On Ministry of Health Website
Updated: 23 May 2014
Special Features
Special Features
Leighton House is situated in spacious grounds with stunning views of the Waimata River and the two spectacularly-lit bridges which span it. Our gardens have been well placed in recent garden competitions.

Originally built as a convalescent home near the heart of the city, Leighton House has been extensively renovated and extended and is now a fully-licensed stage 2 rest home, with fire safety and health standards which exceed current stringent fire and safety requirements.

The home has Ministry of Health Certification and is audited by the Ministry of Health on an annual basis.

Most of Leighton House's 56 beds are in comfortable single rooms, all attractively decorated and well appointed with ensuites, wardrobes, chairs and telephone points, and SKY TV is available. Six equally-comfortable double rooms mean married couples can also be catered for.

Extensive decks give residents an opportunity to sit outside and enjoy Gisborne's famous sunny weather.

Enquiries are welcome.
Updated: 31 Jan 2014
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Activities are arranged by our on site Activities Coordinator to cater for the needs and interests of the residents.

These include outings to join residents from other rest homes for morning tea, lunches at the Cosmopolitan Club.

Visits to clubs where possible are encouraged, e.g. Sherwood Club run by the Alzheimer's Society, Care & Craft, the Stroke Club, Senior Citizens, Enliven and the Blind Association.

Group activities include Bowls, Movement with Music, Painting & Art, Cooking, Word Games & Quizes, Housie.

Visiting pets are popular with the residents.

Weekly visits by local musicians, singers and dancers provide a cheerful, light atmosphere as the music filters throughout the home.
Updated: 31 Jan 2014
Additional Information
Additional Information
Details re Meals Seasonal Menu, Main Meal served at midday
Staffing Details Registered Nurse daytime hours and On Call
Fees Details/Fees Do Not Include Hair cutting/perms/sets, podiatry, bus trips, special outings, personal hygiene, personal shopping are available at the resident's own expense.
Updated: 31 Jan 2014
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
English Yes
Fijian Indian Yes Staff Member
Interpreter Yes Local interpreters are available through Leighton House include speakers of Tongan, Mandarin, Cantonese, Dutch, Deaf, German, French, Japanese.
Maori - Te Reo Yes Staff Member
Samoan Yes Staff Member
Tongan Yes Staff Member
Updated: 31 Jan 2014
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual AffiliationsStatusDetails
Anglican Yes Minister visits regularly Communion Service held the second Thursday of every month
Baptist Yes As requried
Christian Yes As required
Denominations/Faiths represented Yes As required
Hindu Yes As required
Inter denominational Yes Monthly Church Service
Jehovah Witness Yes Members visit those who belong to their church
Methodist Yes As required
Non denominational Yes
Presbyterian Yes Holds a service 3 monthly
Ratana Yes As required
Roman Catholic Yes Lay Minister visits weekly to give communion
Salvation Army Yes As required
Seventh Day Adventist Yes As required
(Other comments) Yes All religions and denominations are always welcome
Updated: 31 Jan 2014
Public Transport 0.30 km The City Bus stops in Rutene Road, one block away. However we rely on the Sunshine Bus Service which is operated by a community trust for those who are less mobile.
Shops 0.50 km Dairy and other shops are in Wainui Road, two blocks away.
Mall 1.00 km Kaiti Mall shopping centre includes doctors' surgery, a pharmacy, grocery and other shops. The town centre is 1 km away.
Parks 0.20 km Anzac Park is in easy walking distance with a beautiful river running along side.
Library 1.00 km The city library also services our home and books are changed monthly.
Updated: 31 Jan 2014
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & MembershipStatusDetails
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Yes
Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available. Yes On Ministry of Health Website
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available.
Updated: 31 Jan 2014