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Ripponburn - Kawarau Wing

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Hospital Care
94 Kawarau Gorge Road
Central Otago
Cromwell 9384
Southern (Otago)
(03) 445 0021
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Lois Kircher - 021 101 5936
Lois Kircher - 021 101 5936
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My Mum has been in Ripponburn's hospital wing for a year now and has settled in very well. It is more cosy than 5 star in terms of the building, space and furnishings but this is more than compensated for by the 5+ star staff. They are fantastic and I would encourage anyone considering living here to look below the surface when they are comparing it with other facilities.

Our aim is to form a partnership with our Residents to ensure their Independence, Privacy, Dignity, Cultural and Religious needs are met as Individuals.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
Updated: 9 Apr 2013
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 25
Vacancy Yes
We operate a waiting list. Please contact the social worker at Dunstan Hospital (03) 440 4302 for details about possible vacancies in the region.
Impending vacancy No
Additional Room CostsNo
Updated: 22 Jun 2018
TypeHours Per WeekStatusDetails
Registered Nurse Yes We have a Registered Nurse on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Physiotherapist 15 Yes Ripponburn has a visiting Physiotherapist, five days a week for 3 hours each visit.
Occupational Therapist 15 - 18 Yes An Occupational Therapist is employed by Ripponburn for one day a week
Own Social Worker 0.00 Negotiable A visit or appointment with a Social Worker can be arranged when necessary.
Diversional Therapist Yes One trained Diversional Therapist on site.
Activities Co-ordinator 50-60 Yes Activities Co-ordinators currently on site five days a week, and weekends according to staff availability.
Hairdresser 6-8 Yes Every Friday.
Podiatrist Negotiable Regualr visits as required by Residents.
Dietitian Negotiable We have a consultant Dietician available for menu and diet consultation.
Accredited Visitors Negotiable Services available in Cromwell, but no current Residents receiving this service.
Kaumatua Negotiable Maori Leaders available if required.
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes Regular visits by local Priests and Ministers. Presbyterian services once a month, Catholic communion Friday weekly, Anglican communion Sunday weekly.
Other Personnel 40 Yes Maintenance & Gardening
Updated: 21 Sep 2012
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of ExpertiseStatusDetails
Palliative Care Contract Yes
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes
Gastronomy/Nasogastric Management Yes
IV Antibiotic Capability Yes
Oxygen Management Yes
Wound Care Yes
Diabetic Care Yes Available by consultation.
Continence Advisor Yes Available by consultation.
Infection Control Yes
Stomal Therapist Yes Available by consultation
Psychiatric Care No Excess to Mental Health Services and Psychogeriatrition
Stroke Rehabilitation Yes
Primary Rural Health Care Yes
Gerontological Care Yes
Clinical Manager Yes
Psychologist Yes Available on site.
Updated: 12 Oct 2017
Under 65 yrs with Disability Yes
Day Care Yes Available by arrangement.
Primary Health Funded Short Term Care Yes
Palliative Care Contract Yes
Rooms (Single) Yes Each room has its own basin, and wardrobes and cupboards are provided. Sunny garden views from every room.
Rooms (Shared) Yes Each room has its own basin, and wardrobes and cupboards are provided. Sunny garden views from every room.
Rooms (Suit Couple) Yes
Ensuite Yes Some of the rooms have ensuites
May Bring Own Furniture Yes Armchair, ornaments, photo frames, linen, drawers/dressers, books and other personal nic-nacks.
Alcohol Permitted Yes Each Residents situation is arranged to suit the individual. Alcohol availability subject to Residents dependence. As agreed between Resident and family members and Management.
Pets In Residence Yes 3 cats, 1 dog, various gold fish and birds.
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes Subject to Management approval.
Phone Access In Own Room Yes May be arranged. Portable phones available.
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes Every room has a radiator.
Maori Kaupapa Yes Can be arranged.
Residents Committee Yes Bi-monthly Resident meetings.
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Confused Residents Yes
Lounges/seating areas Yes There is a sitting room and large lounge area in the Kawarau Wing.
Outings Yes Ripponburn has its own Mobility Van for regular outings by Residents, including picnics, community events, shopping and appointments.
Rural Setting Yes Ripponburn Hospital & Home is set in 5 acres of park like tranquil grounds.
Smokers Room Yes
Smoking Permitted Yes In designated areas only.
Semi-Secure Yes
Sprinklers Yes
Updated: 21 Sep 2012
Special Features
Special Features
Ripponburn Hospital and Home is privately owned and operated by Ripponburn Holdings Ltd, Director and Manger Lois Kircher, and her two brothers Ernest Adamson and Walter Adamson.

Ripponburn is set in the tranquil, rural setting on the outskirts of Cromwell in a garden like environment. The grounds have history dating back to 1875 when the first Hospital building was erected. Although the original building was later demolished to make room for a 'newer' model.

The Staff at Ripponburn work as a team to provide a safe home-like environment for the Residents to live in dignity, whilst maintaining quality care, assistance and independence.

Please contact the social worker at Dunstan Hospital (03) 440 4302 for details about possible vacancies in the region.

Updated: 21 Sep 2012
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Six days a week our five activity staff are able to offer a varied and flexible activity and recreation programme. Taking direction from the requirements and requests of our residents we provide opportunities to do things in social groups; such as Housie and quizzes, or more personal focus groups such as painting or Mah Jong. We also have the time to sit one to one and help with personal projects - like getting letters and cards out on time.

We ensure special occasions are celebrated; hosting festive dinners, providing personalised birthday gifts and cakes, celebrating sporting events and other recognised moments.

With daily Physiotherapy input and regular Occupational Therapy hours, our recreation programme aims to create attractive options for keeping active. Walking groups are encouraged, regular practices for upcoming sporting events (Masters games etc) are held, as are weekly exercise groups. Cromwell will soon have its swimming pool complex revamped, adding a therapeutic pool which we look forward to adding to our list of active options.

Our van allows us to take any of the residents (with an industrial wheelchair hoist) on regular outtings. Enjoying our location between Wanaka, Queenstown and Alexandra there is never a shortage of events, views or places to visit. Or simply a trip to the local shops may be on order.

In time for the weekend we also include a day of hairdressing and pampering, for the gentlemen as well as the ladies.

Residents are always invited, but never expected, to join our programme.

For those who prefer to spend time on their own projects we have access to email, internet and the fax, picinic facilities to share with visitors, separate lounges to sit quietly, Sky tv to watch and our beautiful grounds to walk in.

We have had Shrek the rouge ram visit, classic cars in the driveway, Santa in hotrod and a 1930's motorbike in our lounge.

Our aim is to keep the recreation and activity options as relevant and appealing to the residents as we can.

The following is a list of some of the activities and events that appear on the Ripponburn activity programme:
Joining community events (Fairs, Care and Friendship etc)
Indoor games (bowls, volleyball, tenpin bowls, cards etc),
Arts and crafts
Cooking and baking
Newspaper reading
Birthday celebrations
Visiting Entertainers
Exercise group
Visits from the local Library
Watching movies
Visits from Religious groups
Visiting Canine friends
Flower arranging
Access to local Golf courses
Massage and pampering
Music groups
Visiting Pianist
RSA association
Sing-a-longs ..
and much more!
Updated: 21 Sep 2012
Additional Information
Additional Information
Details re Meals The meals of the day: Breakfast is served at approximately 7.30, Residents may have this served to them in bed. Morning tea is served at 10.00. The main meal of the day is dished up at 12.00 which consists of a meat and various vegetables and dessert. Afternoon tea is at 3.00. Then a light meal is served at 5.00. The Meals are planned on a rotating 4 wk roster, everything is cooked on site. Also Meals on Wheels are cooked and provided for the community.
Staffing Details Ripponburn is a family run and privately owned business. There are 52 staff currently employed under Ripponburn. We have a Registered Nurse on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Ripponburn prides itself in the length of employmenf for some of the Staff , as some of the Staff members have been employed for more than 15 years. This encourages the ability to develop a close, familiar relationship with the Residents.
Associated Complexes Ripponburn Rest Home and Ripponburn Lifestyle Village.
Fees Details/Fees Do Not Include Private fees are as per Government Terms.
Updated: 21 Sep 2012
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
English Yes
Updated: 21 Sep 2012
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual AffiliationsStatusDetails
Anglican Yes
Christian Yes
Denominations/Faiths represented Yes
Jehovah Witness Yes
Methodist Yes
Non denominational Yes
Presbyterian Yes
Roman Catholic Yes
Salvation Army Yes
Updated: 29 Mar 2006
Shops 1.25 km BP Service Station, Caltex
Mall 1.50 km The Cromwell Mall has a full range of shops including, New World, Cromwell Pharmacy, furniture, Paper Plus, cafes, museum, clothing and other various retail shops.
Parks 1.50 km Across from the Mall there is a childrens playground, with a flying fox and see-saws etc.
Library 1.50 km The Cromwell Library provides a fortnightly service to deliver books to Ripponburn
Updated: 29 Mar 2006
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & MembershipStatusDetails
CareerForce Yes
National Certificate in Diversional Therapy Yes
Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA) Yes
CareerForce Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA)
Updated: 21 Sep 2012