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Ribbonwood Country Home

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Ribbonwood Country Home
50 Tapanui-Raes Junction Hwy, RD2
Tapanui 9587
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PO Box 50
Tapanui 9542
Southern (Otago), Southern (Southland)
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Karen McHutchon
West Otago Health
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Ribbonwood is a small country home offering rest home and hospital level care. Located in the heart of West Otago in Tapanui, Ribbonwood is a place you will feel proud to call home.

Ribbonwood opened its doors for the first time in February 2016. It is a modern care facility with spacious, private rooms for residents and sunny lounges for relaxing and enjoying the beautiful views across the golf course, farmland and Blue Mountains. This charming rest home has a very intimate, friendly vibe as there are only 14 beds. As a result, residents have more personalised time with our highly qualified and experienced staff.

All of the rooms at Ribbonwood are classed as Premium Rooms with a fully furnished bedroom and ensuite bathroom.

Ribbonwood is owned by the community of West Otago via West Otago Health. The construction of our present premises was an enormous community project for West Otago's 2300 residents that was concluded August 2014. The combined purpose built facility houses Ribbonwood Country Home for the aged and the local Medical Centre. This means our residents have prompt access to a Doctor and services provided in the Medical Centre.

West Otago Health’s focus is to provide "whole of life care". This includes primary health care, emergency care, district nursing, allied health, palliative care and aged related residential care services.

For more information or a private tour, please call Karen on 03 2048 668.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Detail Status
Contract with Te Whatu Ora Yes
Certification Yes
ORA Applies No

Updated: 12 Sep 2016

Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Detail Status
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 13
Vacancy Yes
All beds are able to be used for both rest home and hospital level care.
Impending vacancy Yes - New Extension Open
Short stay considered Yes
Premium Accommodation Charges No
MOH Certification and Audit Report View MOH certification and audit report (opens in a new tab)
Extra admission requirements due to COVID-19 No

Updated: 12 Jul 2024

"It's just wonderful, I can't fault it. It is so friendly, the residents are an extension to your family and the staff spend quality time with you. Plus the food is lovely, true country home cooking. It feels like home."

- Resident testimony

Updated: 18 Apr 2016

Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse 180 Yes The Rest Home Team Leader (RN) leads a team of dedicated staff to oversee the care of our residents. Our staff enjoy sharing their knowledge with others to continually increase their skill base.
Nurse Practitioner 24 Yes Nurse Practitioner Candidate on-site
Enrolled Nurse 64 Yes
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers 104 Yes All our Caregivers have completed the NZ Certificate in Health & Wellbeing - Health Assistance (Level 2 minimum) through Careerforce or are in the process of completing their qualification.
Physiotherapist Negotiable
Occupational Therapist Negotiable
Activities Co-ordinator Yes We take an active interest in the recreation and entertainment of our residents. We offer an extensive activities programme under the guidance of our Activities Co-Ordinator. All residents are encouraged to join in.
Hairdresser Negotiable
Podiatrist Negotiable
Dietitian Negotiable
Kaumatua Yes
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes
Other Personnel Yes In addition to the Rest Home, we also have on-site weekdays a Doctor, Primary Care Nursing Team and Community Nursing Team

Updated: 19 Feb 2016

Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise Status Details
Oxygen Management Yes
Palliative Care (Contracted) Yes
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes
IV Antibiotic Capability Yes
Wound Care Yes
Diabetic Care Yes
Continence Advice Yes
Stroke Rehabilitation Yes
Infection Control Yes
Surgical Followup Yes
Primary Rural Health Care Yes
Community Health Yes
Clinical Management Yes
Other Specialties Yes General Practitioner, Rural Primary Health Care, Emergency Care, Community Nursing

Updated: 12 Sep 2016

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
Carer Support Yes
Subsidised Yes
Private Paying Yes
Booking can be made in advance Yes

Updated: 14 Mar 2016

Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes
Single Rooms Yes All bedrooms are spacious and of a premium size. All bedrooms are fully furnished with their own television. Residents are welcome to have their own items if they wish
Rooms suitable for a couple Yes
Ensuite Yes All bedrooms have an ensuite bathroom. There are no shared bathroom facilities
Alcohol Permitted Yes Residents are welcome to have alcohol. This is monitored where medically required. There is a happy hour each Thursday from 4-5pm.
Pets In Residence Yes We have a resident cat. His name is "Ash"
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes
Phone Access In Own Room Yes A residents telephone is provided in one lounge. We can also arrange for a telephone to be installed into each bedroom at an additional charge.
Wifi Yes
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes
Cater for under 65 yrs with Disability Yes
Lounges/seating areas Yes Ribbonwood has three lounge areas. One lounge has a television.
Provide End of Life/Palliative Care Yes
Palliative Care Contract Yes
Outings Yes Regular outings are arranged by the Activities Co-ordinator. Residents are encouraged to keep in contact with family and friends outside Ribbonwood.
Māori Kaupapa Yes
Residents Committee Yes
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Confused Residents Yes
Rural Setting Yes Ribbonwood is situated at the northern entrance to Tapanui with uninterrupted views out across rural farmland and the majestic Blue Mountains
Smokers Room No Ribbonwood is a non-smoking residential care facility

Updated: 12 Sep 2016

Special Features
Special Features
Doctor and Primary Care Nursing team on-site
Community Nursing Team on-site
Spacious individual rooms with own ensuite
Surrounded by farmland with a rural outlook that includes the majestic Blue Mountains
Delicious country home cooking prepared on-site
Rest Home and Hospital care
Palliative Care

Updated: 18 Jul 2016

Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
The activities programme is organised by the Activities Co-ordinator and changes regularly. Each resident is assessed individually and their particular interest included into the programme. The participation of residents in the activities programme is voluntary, however is of great importance in promoting socialization, mental and physical stimulation and encouraging a general sense of vitality.

Updated: 19 Feb 2016

Additional Information
Additional Information
Topic Details
Staffing qualifications and details We have 32 staff in total covering the 3 business groups (rest home, community nursing, medical centre) In the rest home we have at least 2 care staff on duty 24/7.
Details about meals All meals are prepared on-site and are consistently of a high standard. The main meal of the day is served at midday which includes a main course and desert.

Updated: 19 Feb 2016

Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
Dutch Yes
English Yes

Updated: 19 Feb 2016

Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
(Other comments) Yes Church services are available by arrangement

Updated: 19 Feb 2016

Location Distance Details
Shops 0.50 Km The main Tapanui township includes a Supermarket, Chemist depot and rural related businesses that service the wider area
Library 0.50 Km The Clutha District Council Service Centre in the Tapanui township includes a Library. Library services are made available to residents

Updated: 19 Feb 2016

Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
Aged Care Association New Zealand (ACA) Yes
Aged Care Association New Zealand (ACA)

Updated: 19 Feb 2016

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