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Ripponburn Home and Hospital - Kawarau Wing

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Ripponburn Home and Hospital
94 Kawarau Gorge Road
Cromwell 9384
Southern (Otago), Southern (Southland)
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Donna Goddard - 027 216 1495
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Neil Bulling - 027 432 8978
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Ripponburn Home and Hospital is a well established provider of services for those who need long-term or short-term residential care and are not able to live independently.

Our vision is to create a community where residents in their golden years feel safe, content and valued.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Detail Status
Contract with Te Whatu Ora Yes
Certification Yes
ORA Applies No

Updated: 22 Feb 2022

Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Detail Status
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 29
Vacancy Yes
All beds available are in shared rooms
Impending vacancy Yes - Please enquire
Short stay considered Yes
Premium Accommodation Charges Some Rooms from $20.00/day up to $25.00 -$40.00/day as at 12 Jun 2024
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: 21 Jun 2024

Type Hours Per Week Status Details
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
Social Worker (on site) 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, Anglican communion Sunday weekly.
Other Personnel 40 Yes Maintenance & Gardening

Updated: 9 Aug 2022

Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise Status Details
Oxygen Management Yes
Gastronomy/Nasogastric Management Yes
Palliative Care (Contracted) Yes
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes
IV Antibiotic Capability Yes
Wound Care Yes
Diabetic Care Yes Available by consultation.
Continence Advice Yes Available by consultation.
Stomal Therapy Yes Available by consultation
Stroke Rehabilitation Yes
Infection Control Yes
Psychiatric Care No Access to Mental Health Services and Psychogeriatrician
Primary Rural Health Care Yes
Clinical Management Yes

Updated: 22 Feb 2022

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
High Care Needs Yes
Subsidised Yes
Private Paying Yes
Booking can be made in advance Yes

Updated: 9 Aug 2022

Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes Armchair, ornaments, photo frames, linen, drawers/dressers, books and other personal nic-nacks.
Single Rooms Yes Each room has its own basin, and wardrobes and cupboards are provided. Sunny garden views from every room.
Shared Rooms Yes Each room has its own basin, and wardrobes and cupboards are provided. Sunny garden views from every room.
Rooms suitable for a couple Yes
Ensuite Yes Some of the rooms have ensuites
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 One cat, 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.
Cater for under 65 yrs with Disability Yes
Lounges/seating areas Yes There is a sitting room and large lounge area in the Kawarau Wing.
Primary Health Funded Short Term Care Yes
Palliative Care Contract Yes
Day Programme for day stay clients Yes Available by arrangement.
Outings Yes Ripponburn has its own Mobility Van for regular outings by Residents, including picnics, community events, shopping and appointments.
Māori Kaupapa Yes Can be arranged.
Residents Committee Yes Bi-monthly Resident meetings.
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Confused Residents Yes
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

Updated: 9 Aug 2022

Special Features
Special Features
Ripponburn Hospital and Home is privately owned and 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: 22 Feb 2022

Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Six days a week our four 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.

Our van allows us to take any of the residents (with an industrial wheelchair hoist) on regular outings. 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, picnic 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 groups, including Tai Chi
Visits from the local Library
Watching movies
Visits from Religious groups
Visiting Canine friends
Flower arranging
Access to local Golf courses and Cromwell's Therapeutic Pool
Massage and pampering
Music groups
Visiting Pianist
RSA association
and much more!

Updated: 22 Feb 2022

Additional Information
Additional Information
Topic Details
What's included in your fees and what's not Private fees are as per Government Terms.
Staffing qualifications and 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 employment for some of the Staff , as some of the Staff members have been employed for more than 25 years. This encourages the ability to develop a close, familiar relationship with the Residents.
Details about meals Breakfast is served at approximately 7.30am (Residents may have this served to them in bed). Morning tea is served at 10.00am. The main meal of the day is dished up at 12.00pm which consists of a meat and various vegetables and dessert. Afternoon tea is at 3.00pm. Then a light meal is served at 5.00pm. The Meals are planned on a rotating four week roster, everything is cooked on site. Ripponburn also provides Meals on Wheels for the community.
Associated Complexes Ripponburn Rest Home and Ripponburn Lifestyle Village.

Updated: 22 Feb 2022

Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
English Yes

Updated: 22 Feb 2022

Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
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: 22 Feb 2022

Location Distance Details
Shops 1.25 Km Nichols Cafe and Garden Centre, Hunting and Fishing, Mitre 10, Fresh Choice, BP Service Station
Mall 1.50 Km The Cromwell Mall has a full range of shops including, New World, Cromwell Pharmacy, 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: 22 Feb 2022

Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
National Certificate in Diversional Therapy Yes
Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA) Yes
Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA)

Updated: 22 Feb 2022

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