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Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care
Hospital Care
14 Browning Cres
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14 Browning Crescent
Nelson 7011
Nelson Marlborough
(03) 547 6867
(03) 547 6837
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Soumi Saju (CM) Sumy Saju (OM) - (03) 547 6867
Dementia Care NZ
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We invite you to experience the very special character of Tasman Rest Home.

To accept all people with kindness and love
To provide peace, comfort and joy
To be proactive, innovative and courageous
To enrich each person, the community and the world

We strive to achieve this vision by working
with openness, honesty, integrity and passion

We establish trusting relationships based on
respect and acceptance
We encourage people’s participation in
companionship-based care in their small homes
We are privileged to accompany people as they
journey towards the end of their life
We welcome family/whanau and the wider
community as integral to people’s lives
We promote inclusion and the rights and
values of each person
We celebrate unity in diversity

Dementia Care New Zealand 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 for people who live with dementia. This is the work we have passionately chosen to do.
We care for people in small, cosy homes with a loving, warm and homely atmosphere where each person is supported to experience each moment richly. Our small homes concept means that people with dementia experience life in a less clinical and more normalised, familiar way. Small homes that inter connect, also bring a sense of ‘community’ for a person with dementia.

We offer 24 hour Registered Nurse coverage to all of our residents at Tasman.

Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 26 Jul 2019
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 11
Vacancy Soon
Each room has ensuite toilet
Impending vacancy Yes
Premium Room Charges Some Rooms as at 20 Aug 2020
MOH Certification and Audit Report View MOH certification and audit report (opens in a new tab)
Updated: 19 Apr 2021
Outstanding Care Provided for my Mum

The Positives : The wonderful staff at Tasman provided outstanding care for my mum throughout her stay. They were, without exception, calm, kind and warm-hearted toward her at all times. That she was able to smile and laugh with us right up to her last days is a tribute to the ‘best friends’ and ‘small homes’ concept being implemented by DementiaCare NZ. We will always remain grateful that we chose Tasman to care for her.

The Negatives : Nothing.

To anyone viewing this facility we encourage you to focus on the calm atmosphere and attitude of the caring staff. So while the rooms and lounges are bright and cheery they don’t have the latest decor. Funds are obviously spent on providing the very best in personal care for the residents as we found. We never regretted for even one minute our decision to settle Mum here.
July 2018.

Hi Claire ,

‘We have found Tasman Rest Home and dementia Care to be the best place for our Mum. The Carers and Nurses take great care to make sure that Mum gets what she needs. It’s never easy losing your Mum to dementia, but we are happy in the knowledge that she is being well cared for an Tasman. Any time we have concerns, we voice them and they listen, take it on board and try their hardest to make sure Mum is happy and comfortable. They take time to get to know Mum and what her signs and signals mean and do their best to understand what she wants. No ‘home’ is ever going to be perfect at this time of life, but all the Carers, Nurses and other staff at Tasman really do their very best to make Mum feel at home. They truly do care about Mum.’ Kath Bee

July 2018.

To all the wonderful staff at Tasman,
We just wanted you to know how much our family appreciated the outstanding care you gave my Mum throughout her stay with you.
You were, without exception, calm, kind and warm hearted toward her at all times.
That she was able to smile and laugh with us right up to her last days is a tribute to all of you and the ‘Best Friends’ and ‘small homes’ concept being implemented by Dementia Care NZ.
We will always remain grateful that we chose Tasman to care for Mum after she could no longer stay at home.
We extend to you all of our warmest regards and grateful thanks.
Sue and John, Michael and Carolyn and the rest of the family of Joy Guy.
ACTS 24:15 – We look forward to seeing our darling Joy again.
March 2018

Brenda Wollen
15th March 2012.

My Husband, Eric, has been a resident of Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care in Stoke, Nelson since January 17th this year and I can’t speak too highly about the wonderful care he is receiving.

All the staff, from the Managers, The Registered Nurses, the Diversional Therapists and the Carers are all very competent and all so cheerful and most welcoming.

A support group meeting is held once a month for the families of the residents, which I find most helpful.

I am very happy to have Eric being cared for by these wonderful people and would thoroughly recommend Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care.
Updated: 22 Jul 2018
Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse Yes There is a Registered Nurse on site seven days a week and on call in the evenings. Should you require any information regarding your loved one the nurse on duty is the person to see.
Enrolled Nurse Yes
Physiotherapist Yes Our physiotherapist works with us each fortnight. She assesses each resident's needs and develops a safe handling plan for each resident. She also trains the staff to transfer residents safely.
Social Worker (on site) Yes As required
Diversional Therapist Yes Our diversional therapists know each resident very well and know what works for each person creating meaningful activities to support creativity, socialisation, stimulation and fun as well as assisting residents in the daily running of their home.
Activities Co-ordinator Yes
Hairdresser Yes Visits weekly and more frequently when required.
Podiatrist Yes We have a poditarist who comes on a regular basis to attend to the needs of the residents.
Dietitian Yes Our dietitian comes to Tasman monthly to review nutritional requirements of the residents.
Accredited Visitors Yes Please enquire.
Kaumatua Negotiable Please enquire.
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes Tasman is interdominational so we have people from several demoninations that visit. Should you require an individual visit this can be arranged.
Other Personnel Yes We have a person who facilitates a support group for family members of people who live at Tasman. Many people find talking with others very helpful. She is also available by phone for any family member who just needs someone to talk with.
Updated: 4 Jul 2013
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise Status Details
Oxygen Management Yes
Gastronomy/Nasogastric Management Yes As required
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes Our registered nurses have received training in caring for people as they experience the final stages of their life journey. Te Ara Whakapiri - Principles and guidance for the last days of life.
Wound Care Yes Wound care specialist care is available on referral
Diabetic Care No Specialist care is available on referral
Continence Advice Yes We have a continence advisor who calls on us regulary. She also runs in house training sessions for staff and is available to be contacted when we require her service.
Stomal Therapy No Specialist care input is available on referral
Stroke Rehabilitation No Specialist care input is available on referral
Infection Control Yes We have a registered nurse who does special training in infection control and who has a role in infection control at Aberleigh. Specialist care input is available on referral
Surgical Followup Yes As required
Psychiatric Care No Specialist care input is available on referral
Clinical Management Yes We have a clinical manager at Tasman Rest Home who is supported by Arah Cartagena, Regional Clinical Manager for Dementia Care NZ.
Other Specialties Yes Simon Hamley is a Registered Nurse and also our Education Coordinator. Simon ensures all staff are compliant with their training, runs staff in-services and Coordinates any speacial training programs that we offer.
Updated: 2 Dec 2019
Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes
Single Rooms Yes
Ensuite Yes
Pets In Residence Yes
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes
Phone Access In Own Room Yes
Cater for under 65 yrs with Disability No Respite Only
Lounges/seating areas Yes
Outings Yes Own Minibus
Whanau Room Yes
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Confused Residents Yes
Semi-Secure Yes
Updated: 12 Mar 2013
Special Features
Special Features
Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care is situated in a quiet suburban area in parklike surroundings. We have a warm and friendly atmosphere with small and homely units.Each unit has its own open plan kitchen. This increases our homely feel and encourages normalised activities.
'Ora' home provides rest home level care.
'Rangi' and 'Ata Hapara' homes provide a safe environment for residents requiring Dementia Rest Home Care.
'Aio' home provides specialist Dementia Hospital level care.

Our staff work hard to provide individualised care for each resident. We take pride in our ability to give care to our residents. We are guided by our vision and values and love the work we have chosen to do.

Updated: 12 Mar 2013
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Representatives visit from RSA and Alzheimer's Society, church services, entertainment, garden, indoor games co-ordinated by the Activities Co-ordinator, meal options (residents can have a choice), music (visiting pianist fortnightly), daily newspaper reading, quizzes with Activities Co-ordinator, videos, outings in van, homely activities like baking, gardening, helping wash the dishes, raking leaves.
Updated: 12 Mar 2013
Additional Information
Additional Information
Topic Details
What's included in your fees and what's not Please contact the manager.
Staffing qualifications and details Registered nurse present Monday to Friday. Registered Nurse on call at all other times.
Details about meals Individual requirements are catered for.
Updated: 12 Mar 2013
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
English Yes
Updated: 12 Mar 2013
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Anglican Yes
Baptist Yes
Christian Yes
Inter denominational Yes
Methodist Yes
Non denominational Yes
Presbyterian Yes
Roman Catholic Yes
Salvation Army Yes
Seventh Day Adventist Yes
Updated: 12 Mar 2013
Location Distance Details
Public Transport 50.00 Km
Shops 1.50 Km
Mall 1.50 Km
Parks 0.50 Km
Library 1.50 Km
Updated: 12 Mar 2013
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
National Certificate in Support of the Older Person (not available after Dec 2010) Yes
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Yes
Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available. Yes
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available.
Updated: 12 Mar 2013
What's New
What's New
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March 2021
We are delighted to announce that Soumy Saju has agreed to step into the role of Acting Clinical Manager of Tasman Rest Home until such time as a decision on a permanent appointment is made.
We extend our thanks to Simon Hamley for so ably filling this role in the interim.
Soumi has 9 years experience as a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department in India and Saudi Arabia, and has strong clinical experience and interpersonal and communication skills. She completed her Competency Assessment Programme for International Nurses at Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, and worked a part of her clinical placement as CAP Registered Nursing with the District Nursing Board, which allowed her to gain an understanding of community nursing and New Zealand work culture.
Prior to joining Tasman, Soumi worked as a Registered Nurse at our sister rest home Aberleigh in Blenheim, and is thus has a sound working knowledge of our policies, procedures and philosophy of care.
We join in congratulating Soumi on this key role with our organisation and wish her the very best as she takes on this new challenge, which is effective from 1 March 2021.


January 2021:
Introducing Sumy Saju 
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Sumy Saju to the key role of Operations Manager here at Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care.
Sumy has worked for Avonlea Dementia Care in Christchurch since 2017 as a Senior Caregiver, Home Manager and Health and Safety Representative. Sumy brings a Level 4 Qualification in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support), a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, and experience in business analysis to the role.
More importantly, her passion for aged care, hands-on experience in dementia, commitment to our Vision and Values, and leadership potential have identified her as a person with true potential to contribute to our organisation at a management level.
We are delighted that Sumy has agreed to relocate to Nelson and take on the Tasman operations management position.
We all join in extending our congratulations to Sumy as she moves into her new role, and wish her every success.
Andrew and Jim




Welcome to the Tasman family Juanita!

 Juanita brings a strong clinical background to the position, as well as personal values which align closely with our organisational Vision and Values of honesty, integrity and open communication. Juanita’s background includes delivery of holistic client-based care at Nelson Hospital, Wairau Hospital and for Nelson District Nursing Services and Maori Health Services, as well as experience in rest home and hospital environments as both a Caregiver and a Registered Nurse.
We join in congratulating Juanita on this key role with our organisation and wish her the very best as she takes on this new challenge.
We know you will stand together in support of Juanita and Corrine in continuing to provide stable, settled and loving support to our residents and their families as we move ahead into the new chapter of our lives here at Tasman.

Arah Cartagena
National Clinical Manager


 January 2020:
We are delighted to welcome Corrine Coombe to the position of Operations Manager at Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care

Corrine’s professional background is varied, including experience in teaching, catering, graphic design and management. She brings a wide range of skills and interests to her new role, together with a passion for community involvement and a strong belief in the power of working collectively.

Corrine has been based at Tasman in an accounts role for the past eight years and is familiar with our organisation’s Vision and Values and culture. She looks forward to working as a team to maintain a safe and happy environment where both staff and residents flourish.

November 2019:
A very warm welcome to the newest member of our team at Tasman  Erika Olsen. Erika  has joined Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care as Operations Manager.  Erika was drawn to the position by the values and philosophies of DCNZ.  In her short time at Tasman, Erika has been impressed by the staff commitment to the wellbeing of the residents and their families and the loving, heart-centred manner in which they work.  A former lawyer for vulnerable persons, mediator and volunteer , Erika is delighted  to be part of DCNZ .  Please pop in and introduce yourself to Erika as she would love to meet you. 


October 2018:

Recently we had the wonderful opportunity to have the community activities organiser from Bunnings, Melanie Haymes, come on board with us at Tasman Rest Home and do something special for our residents. Melanie and our lead diversional therapist Aash arranged for residents, staff and family members to assist with an amazing garden project made possible by the donation of approximately $500 worth of flowers and gardening equipment by Bunnings Warehouse. We had a wonderful day together planting out all of the flowers and beautifying the outdoor environment of our home. Thank you Bunnings!



March 2018:

Easter is a special celebration for us here in our home. We love to enjoy loving time together and share memories evoked by the scent of fresh hot cross buns and the feeling of anticipation as we unwrap the first Easter egg.

We wish you all a safe and happy Easter with those you love.

As always, we welcome your visits and remind you that our visiting times are the same throughout the holidays.

March 2018:
Dance and movement are beneficial in many ways, and especially enjoyable along with good friends and laughter.
December 2017:
To our dear friends
It's the end of 2017, a time of reflection on the past year. As always, there have been many moments of joy, laughter, peace and wonder: what we call ‘magic moments’. We are full of gratitude and would like to say thank you to you all. Thank you for encouraging us by being part of this online community. Thank you to the people who visit our homes - it is always lovely to see you. Most of all a very big thank you to those of you who share your family member or friend with us. It is a huge privilege to take care of the people who live here with us in their home. They are a wonderful inspiration to us and we love them dearly.
We would also like to say an enormous thank you to each and every member of our staff team. We appreciate you and value you so much. Thank you for everything you do.
We are grateful for the highs and lows, the challenges and opportunities this past year has brought. Thank you for being part of it.
September 2017:
The Alzheimer’s memory walk is a yearly event organised by Alzheimer’s New Zealand. This years memory walk in Nelson was held in Founders Heritage park. Founder’s heritage Park is a museum which houses old original structures and replica buildings here in Nelson. A number of our residents and staff participated this year and had such a happy time together helping to raise awareness about dementia.


September 2017:
Aina Duro is our newest addition to the Tasman team. She is originally from the Philippines and brings with her a wealth of experience and passion for nursing. She especially enjoys interacting with the residents and making their day special. A huge warm welcome to you Aina!
July 2017 - They say ‘if you don’t use it you lose it’. This photo speaks for itself about how much we enjoy keeping on our toes and enjoying the stunning environment life in Tasman has to offer.


Our Piano - July 2016
We love having a piano available for family, friends, entertainers and residents. We especially love seeing our musical residents engage and enjoy the powerful medium of music. Music is one of the last things that we forget. It is so special to watch residents become so present in the moment, when they play our piano.







New website for Dementia Care NZ:


We have a wonderful new website and invite you to take a browse!
Updated: 22 Mar 2021

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