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Te Wiremu House Lifecare
Hospital Care
621 Aberdeen Rd
Te Hapara
Gisborne 4010
(06) 867 5817
(06) 867 6934
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Lynette Stankovich - 06 867 5817
Heritage Lifecare Group
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Te Wiremu Lifecare (part of Heritage Lifecare Ltd) strives to deliver high quality Christian based services to the elderly
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
Updated: 24 Apr 2017
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 30
Vacancy Soon
Out of town residents welcome
Impending vacancy Yes - Out of town residents welcome
Additional Room CostsSome Rooms
Updated: 18 Jun 2018
"The family wish to thank the wonderful staff at Te Wiremu House for their love and care over the last year of her life. You made her life very happy".
Updated: 12 May 2017
TypeHours Per WeekStatusDetails
Registered Nurse Yes Rostered 24 hours a day. As at November 2014 two Charge RN's are at Expert Level Professional Recognition Program.
Enrolled Nurse Yes All Enrolled Nurses have completed EN Transition program and are very experienced. As at December 2014 the EN is at Expert Level Professional Recognition Program.
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers Yes Mandatory requirement to complete orientation and specified training. CareerForce program is provided on site and must be completed within 18 months, after completion of orientation. Team leaders are also available
Physiotherapist Negotiable May be accessed via Tairawhiti DHB or privately.
Occupational Therapist Negotiable May be accessed via Tairawhiti DHB or privately.
Diversional Therapist Yes Hours are variable, hospital residents often join the rest home for specified activities. Individualised programs are prepared. Three staff are qualified Diversional Therapists.
Activities Co-ordinator Yes See Diversional therapist.
Hairdresser Yes Weekly and as negotiated. This is a very popular service. A hair salon is provided on site. Some residents enjoy outings to local hairdressers, the closest being approx. 500m from the facility.
Podiatrist Yes Visits weekly. Podiatrist is highly skilled and also provides training to staff.
Dietitian Yes Menus are auditted annualy. Facility kitchen/food service is managed by experienced staff.
Kaumatua Yes After discussions with residents, staff and whanau we act accordingly.
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes Here on Mon, Wed and Fridays for 2 - 3 hrs per day. Can attend as required. Pastoral and Chaplaincy care offered. We offer ecumenical spiritual care. Maori services are also available.
Other Personnel Yes Special attention is offered to War Veterans and ex Service personnel. A special War Veteran Advocate is available.
Updated: 12 Mar 2018
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of ExpertiseStatusDetails
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes
Gastronomy/Nasogastric Management Yes
Wound Care Yes As required through Gisborne Hospital
Diabetic Care Yes As required through Gisborne Hospital
Continence Advisor Yes As required through Gisborne Hospital
Stomal Therapist Yes As required through Gisborne Hospital
Specialised Dementia Care Yes Pohutukawa Wing
Gerontological Care Yes
Clinical Manager Yes
Other Nursing Specialities Yes As required through Gisborne Hospital
Psychologist Yes As required through Gisborne Hospital
Updated: 5 Dec 2014
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short StayStatusDetails
Respite Yes
Carer Support Yes
Subsidised Yes
Private Paying Yes
Booking can be made in advance Yes
Updated: 5 Jun 2013
Under 65 yrs with Disability Yes
Day Care Yes
Primary Health Funded Short Term Care Yes
Other End of Life/Palliative Care Yes
Whanau Room Yes Several small lounges which families are welcome to use. A room is available for families to gather and have private time or stay the night if their loved one is palliative
Rooms (Single) Yes Rooms are very large with modern equipment.Staff are fully trained in the use of the modern hoists and other equipment which helps to keep residents and staff safe.
Rooms (Shared) Yes We have four double rooms
Rooms (Suit Couple) Yes Double rooms available for couples
Ensuite Yes many
May Bring Own Furniture Yes
Alcohol Permitted Yes
Pets In Residence Yes We have a much loved cat
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet No But pets can come in to visit
Phone Access In Own Room Yes Can be arranged
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes
Maori Kaupapa Yes In consultation with the resident, Whanau, and friends. Strong support is available i.e.; MiriMiri, cultural foods, etc. Maori Church and Holy Communion Services are available
Residents Committee Yes Regular meetings are held and families are welcome
Newsletter Yes
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Confused Residents Yes
Lounges/seating areas Yes Many smaller lounges available
Outings Yes A disability van is available, however medical appointments and urgent hospital visits are a priority.
Rural Setting No However we have lovely grounds and views of the hills
Smoking Permitted Yes Residents only. Te Wiremu House is a Staff Smoke Free environment
Sprinklers Yes
Audit report available Yes Can access on line or through the Manager
Updated: 12 Mar 2018
Special Features
Special Features

The land for Te Wiremu in Aberdeen Road Gisbome was bought in 1957 for the sum of two thousand one hundred and thirty seven pounds by the J.N. Williams Memorial Trust specifically for an Anglican Retirement Home.

In December that year funds were granted by the Anglican Archdeaconry, the Diocese and the J.N. Williams Memorial Trust making it possible for building to begin.

Early in 1960 the Home which cared for 25 residents was opened by Bishop Norman Lesser and the foundation stone was laid by Mrs H.B. Williams.
In 1976 it was decided to add a new wing to accommodate another 8 residents and to up-grade the kitchen and dining room.

The next extension came in 1988 when, thanks to a generous grant from the J.N. Williams Memorial Trust, another 11 rooms and a large sun room were added to the Home.

The newly upgraded rooms ensured that we provide the elderly of Gisbome with the best of care in modern pleasant surroundings. A custom built Dementia unit was completed in July 2000

In 1993 the kitchen and dining room were upgraded and the entry and administration areas were also extended and refurbished. A comercial grade kitchen & designated staff training room were opened in 2011 with the support of the Bruere Trust.

Since November 1992 Te Wiremu has taken over the administration of the Arohaina Retirement Village three kilometres down Aberdeen Road from the Home. This extends our facilities to include independent life-style units (which are purchased on a licence to occupy basis).In 2011, with the assistance of The Bruere Trust, the Bruere Retirement village was opened next to Te Wiremu House. This Village has 3 high quality Retirement Units. In 2012 the Bruere GP clinic was opened on site. Also The Silvia Bruere Nurses Clinic was also opened in 2013.


In December 1996 the Kauri Wing of Te Wiremu House was officially opened as a registered Hospital, with 16 beds; a further extension has been added making it a total of 20 beds. The rooms are modern and attractive with a large lounge/dining area. A Registered Nurse is on duty at all times.

This facility is seen to be of real advantage to residents who may find the need for hospital care. They are able to have this care and yet stay within the same environment, and in contact with friends and familiar staff within the Home.

Te Wiremu House also has many Hospital level beds available in the Rest Home area.

Commencing 5 June 2013 Local GP Dr David Belfield holds weekly clinics at Te Wiremu House. This was an initiative to provide improved clinical care for residents. Dr Belfield is a well respected leading GP in the district, and is well known to many residents and families at Te Wiremu House.

Currently working from De Lautour Medical in Kaiti, Dr Belfield advocates continuity of care being good for patients and doctors, the family Dr as the first point of contact for health needs and building relationships over time between patient and Doctor.

Dr Belfield has a special interest in treating the elderly and also dealing with War Veterans.
Updated: 12 May 2017
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Activity programme, Advocate, Alzheimer's Society, Arthritis society, BBQ, Big print books, Bingo, Bowls, Breakfast in bed, Cards, Classical Music, Concerts, Craft, Dancing, Electric beds, Entertainers, Entertainment, Exercises, Games, Garden, Happy Hour, Housie, Indoor Games, Interdenominational services, Music, Newspaper reading, Outings, Parkinson's Society, Pastoral care, Parties, Quizzes, Reading, Religious services, RSA, Senior Citizens, Sing-a-longs, Stroke Group, Videos, Visitors, War Veterans/ex service personel support. A disability Van is available for medical appointments and residents outings.
Updated: 5 Dec 2014
Additional Information
Additional Information
Details re Meals All meals are cooked on site, a four week menu provides a varied and nutritionally balanced diet. Personal preferences are taken into account. The menu is audited annually by a Registered Dietician
Staffing Details A registered nurse is based in the unit on all shifts. A staff of 75-80 work mainly on a part time basis to care for our 90 residents. As well as nurses, caregivers, activities officers,gardeners, maintenance and grounds staff,cleaners, Cooks/kitchen assitants and administrators there are also visiting specialists i.e.; physiotherapist, occupational therapists and podiatrists. A hairdresser also visits weekly. Te Wiremu is fortunate to have a strong & large team of volunteers who provide entertainment, flowers, special events and much else besides. Residents retain their own General Practitioners though an on call Doctor is available if needed. Most medical and pharmaceutical costs are paid for by Te Wiremu House. According to Health Department Regulations all residents are visited regularly by their GP who will also call when requested either by the nursing staff or the resident.
Associated Complexes See our Heritage Lifecare web site
Fees Details/Fees Do Not Include Fees do not include personal items i.e.; clothing, toiletries, personal phone, pay-to-view TV (SKY) and non-subsidised medicines etc.
Updated: 12 May 2017
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Chinese Yes
Dutch Yes
English Yes
Fijian Yes
Maori - Te Reo Yes
Tokelauan Yes
Tongan Yes
Other Details Yes Interpreters can be sourced if required
Updated: 5 Dec 2014
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual AffiliationsStatusDetails
Anglican Yes Services are available in English & Maori
Christian Yes Communion service is held monthly on the first Wednesday of the month in the lounge.
Denominations/Faiths represented Yes Anglican,Roman Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Salvation Army.
Inter denominational Yes Ministers of other denominations also attend as requested.
Non denominational Yes The spiritual needs of our residents are of great importance, but church affiliation is not required, nor is there any requirement to attend the services of worship held in the home.
(Other comments) Yes Ministry is always available in times of sickness or dying; the needs of family and friends are paramount. A theological/ecumenical library is also available on site
Updated: 5 Dec 2014
Public Transport 0.50 km Bus
Shops 0.50 km Dairy, hairdresser,
Parks 0.50 km Small park very close
Library 3.00 km The city library also services our home and books are changed monthly.
Updated: 22 Jan 2015
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & MembershipStatusDetails
CareerForce Yes
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Yes
New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) Yes
Other details Yes Golden Carers Activities
CareerForce New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA)
Updated: 8 Dec 2014