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Aberleigh Rest Home and Dementia Care - Dementia Care NZ
Psychogeriatric Care
19 McCallum Street
Blenheim 7201
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19 McCallum Street
Blenheim 7201
Nelson Marlborough
(03) 578 7966
(03) 9273931
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Maja Yu
Jim Haines and Alison Hume
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At Aberleigh we create a loving, warm and homely atmosphere where each person is supported to experience each moment richly.

Each person is immensely valuable and wonderfully unique.

Our team of staff know how to care for and connect with the people who live at Aberleigh like they would a very best friend.

Small homes have been created so that things are familiar. Each person has a private bedroom and can enjoy the beautiful garden.

We encourage people to continue with familiar roles like baking, gardening, arranging flowers, setting the table, raking up the leaves in autumn.

Family become an important part of the Aberleigh community

At Aberleigh we create a loving, warm and homely atmosphere where each person is supported to experience each moment richly.

Each person is immensely valuable and wonderfully unique.

Our team of staff know how to care for and connect with the people who live at Aberleigh like they would a very best friend.

Small homes have been created so that things are familiar. Each person has a private bedroom and can enjoy the beautiful garden.

We encourage people to continue with familiar roles like baking, gardening, arranging flowers, setting the table, raking up the leaves in autumn.

Family become an important part of the Aberleigh community

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.

Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 14 Oct 2015
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 9
Vacancy Yes
Impending vacancy No
Premium Room Charges Some Rooms as at 20 Mar 2020
MOH Certification and Audit Report View MOH certification and audit report (opens in a new tab)
Updated: 31 Mar 2020
My dear wife, of 52 years, was admitted to Aberleigh’s care on the 15th of July 2015, since that time, I have endeavoured to visit Delia three times a week and now I believe I am a critical observer of the care and attention given to Delia and all the other people living at Aberleigh.

Which is impeccable at all times.

When Delia was admitted to Aberleigh in July 2015, she had advanced Alzheimer’s which continued to move along until Delia was unable to make her own way along life’s pathway, this of course meant on going increased levels of care and attention.

Which never faltered.

During my life thus far I have often wondered about the existence of Angels and now since 2015 I am sure they are here……..

And a large number of them are employed at 17 to 19 McCallum Street, Springlands.

Kind regards
Terry Climo
November 2018
Updated: 29 Nov 2018
TypeHours Per WeekStatusDetails
Registered Nurse Yes There is a Registered Nurse on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Should you require any information regarding your loved one the nurse on duty is the person to see.
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.
Occupational Therapist No By arrangement
Diversional Therapist 40 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.
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 Aberleigh monthly to review nutritional requirements of the residents
Kaumatua Negotiable Please enquire
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes Aberleigh is interdominational so we have people from several demoninations that visit. Should you require an individual visit this can be arranged.
Other Personnel No We have a person who facilitates a support group for family members of people who live at Aberleigh. Many people find talking with others very helpful. She is also available by phone for any family member who just need someone to talk with.
Updated: 6 Dec 2013
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short StayStatusDetails
Respite Yes
Subsidised Yes
Private Paying Yes
Updated: 6 Dec 2013
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of ExpertiseStatusDetails
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 No 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
Psychiatric Care No Specialist care input is available on referral
Clinical Management Yes Our Clinical Manager George John advises and mentors the registered nurse team and also knows each resident and their requirements. Should you have any concerns or queries regarding the health of your loved one, please contact George.
Other Specialties Yes Simon Hamley is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and our Education Coordinator. He ensures staff compliance with their training, coordinates staff in-services and special training programs, and instructs Managing of Actual or Potential Aggression (MAPA).
Updated: 8 Jul 2019
May Bring Own Furniture Yes You are able to bring your own furniture subject to space and safety contraints. It can be very nice for a resident to have their own things about them - this reminds them of home.
Single Rooms Yes
Ensuite Yes
Alcohol Permitted Yes We have a regular happy hour.
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes Please talk to the Operations Manager about this.
Phone Access In Own Room No We have a portable phone that residents can use.
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes
Cater for under 65 yrs with Disability Yes We have a contract with the DHB for these services
Lounges/seating areas Yes We have 4 seperate lounges. Two open out to the gardens.
Day Programme for day stay clients Yes We may be able to assist someone requiring day care. Please contact Maja Yu about this.
Outings Yes We have weekly outings in our van
Whanau Room No We have a quiet space that can be used by family requiring a quiet and private space.
Maori Kaupapa Yes
Residents Committee No A meeting is held regularly with residents. It is important that they have opportunity to give feedback and to talk about how they would like their home run.
Family Committee No We encourage family members to give feedback whenever possible. Ideas, complaints, improvement suggestions are welcomed.
Newsletter Yes We have a newsletter four times a year.
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes We work to minimise resident's symptoms of dementia in a creative and loving way. There is regular and ongoing staff training.
Confused Residents Yes Many of our residents are confused. These are the people we have chosen to care for. This is our work. We are very skilled in working with people who are confused.
Smoking Permitted Yes We have a designated smoking area out side
Semi-Secure Yes In the dementia home we are fully secure.
Updated: 6 Dec 2013
Special Features
Special Features
Aberleigh offers care to those with dementia as well as rest home care for elderly who do not have dementia.

Our home for people who need care because they have dementia is highly specialised. Each resident is loved and known. Each person is very precious. Our team is highly skilled in managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. We love this work - it is hugely satisfying to enrich these peoples lives.
Updated: 6 Dec 2013
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
We have diversional therapists who are trained or training. They work with residents to help them to get to know each other, have fun, develop interests, exercise their bodies and stimulate their minds. Entertainers come into the home on a regular basis for the residents' enjoyment.

We have an activity programme which includes art, bingo, bowls, care and craft, weekly church services, cooking, craft, dancing, visits from entertainers, flower arranging, games, Happy Hour, housie, jigsaws, music, daily newspaper reading, quizzes and sing-a-longs.

Exercises include regular walks, quoits, "bobs" and balloon tennis. We also have a lovely, freshly landscaped garden with paths to walk and shaded areas to sit. We have a vege garden and residents are free to assist with these if they wish.

We have links with or can assist with contact with the following community groups: Age Concern, Alzheimer's Society, Blind Foundation, RSA and Senior Citizens Presbyterian Support.

At Aberleigh we also have on site or can provide access to aromatherapy, a BBQ, a range of big print books, board games, classical music, a piano, picnic facilities, a library, a van for outings and Lotto. Sky TV can be arranged at the individual resident's expense.

A volunteer from the community acts as an advocate for our residents should they have any problems or concerns.

Residents are able to have breakfast in bed at any time if they wish.

We also encourage visits from canine friends and children.
Updated: 7 Aug 2017
Additional Information
Additional Information
Details about Meals We do our own inhouse cooking. Our main meal is served in the evening and includes roasts twice a week. We will cater to individual preferences. Morning and afternoon tea consists of home baked goodies.
Staffing Qualifications and Details We have a staff education programme and we actively encourage all our staff to further their qualifications. Our education coordinator supports and encourages staff development.
What's included in your fees and what's not Please contact our manager Maja Yu in regards to fees
Updated: 6 Dec 2013
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
English Yes
Updated: 6 Dec 2013
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual AffiliationsStatusDetails
Anglican Yes
Baptist Yes
Brethren Yes
Christian Yes
Denominations/Faiths represented Yes We care people from all faiths and denominations. We want people from all cultures, religions, faiths and denominations to feel comfortable. Family only need ask and we will endeavour to provide any spiritual care that is necessary.
Inter denominational Yes We have a weekly church service which is conducted on a rotating basis by each of the local churches. We also have a weekly bible study conducted by a volunteer from the community. Roman Catholic Holy Communion is also held once a week.
Updated: 6 Dec 2013
Mall 1.00 km We are approximately 1 km from Blenheim town centre with its many cafes and shops.
Parks 0.50 km We are close to Pollard Park which has wonderful gardens, a river walk and children playground.
Library   Blenheim Library is our closest being in the centre of the shopping area in town.
Updated: 6 Dec 2013
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RCStatusDetails
National Certificate in Diversional Therapy Yes
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
Other details Yes Our Education Coordinator Simon Hamley is a trained instructor for Managing of Actual or Potential Aggression (MAPA) from the Crisis Prevention Institute. Simon works across all facilities ensuring our staff are trained in this valuable course.
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available.
Updated: 7 Aug 2017
What's New
What's New
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March 21 2020


We have decided to temporarily close our home over the weekend to visitors as we work towards implementing the latest advice from the Ministry of Health as of 21st March 2020. We are reviewing our processes to ensure they meet the new recommendations from the Ministry. We will advise you of the new process for visiting our home on Monday, 23rd March 2020.

We acknowledge the importance of visits for our residents and their loved ones. Closing our doors is not a step we take lightly. However, preventing the spread of COVID-19 has to take priority.

Andrew Sheard

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:

We love getting together with friends out in the community, especially over a friendly game of darts, a catch up and a delicious afternoon tea. Each month we are holding a ‘community darts session’ where residents from other rest homes are invited to join us for an in-house game. Recently we had a lovely group of friends from Bethsaida Rest Home here in Blenheim. Such a fun way to stay connected with friends both old and new.

January 2018:

Having a good old BBQ is the epitome of a perfect summer Kiwi dinner in the back yard. Every one loves getting involved and sharing tips and techniques.


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 membe...r 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.


December 2017:

Recently we joined the Blenheim Christmas parade in our van. It was fun preparing and participating with our residents, and we were all proud to showcase our happy and united community and share the fun and laughter we enjoy at Aberleigh.


August 2017:

Continuing with familiar roles, assisting people to maintain involvement and valuing activities that are special to people is foundational for us at Aberleigh. Recently, our gardener had pruned some hedges in the garden of our dementia hospital. A gentleman resident carefully collected the offcuts and proceeded to re plant them meticulously in a perfect row. When asked what he was doing he replied ‘I am planting a hedge’. It turns out that that particular plant can take root, and nearly two weeks later they have not withered. We look forward to seeing our new hedge grow and continue to learn so much from the wisdom and initiative of our residents.





At Aberleigh we offer respite care for people at rest home, dementia rest home, general hospital and dementia hospital level care.


This is dependant on whether we have a vacant room at the time.




General information:
• Most people want to keep their loved one at home as long as possible. Respite services help you do this successfully
• Caring for your loved one begins with caring for yourself. Taking a break is an important way of staying rested and strong
• Respite is available in homes which specialize in person centered aged care
• Respite encourages friendship, stimulation and fun
• Comprehensive ‘respite packs’ include information about the service, as well as detailed questionnaires regarding your loved one’s care needs and daily routines
• Respite care is often for a short period of about a week, and can be repeated during the year
• Respite bookings can be organized through the NMDHB


Benefits to the caregiver:
• A chance to rest, recharge and revitalize knowing their loved one is receiving safe person centered aged care
• Allows loved ones to remain at home longer, through carers giving themselves time to  rest


Benefits to the person receiving care:
• An opportunity to socialize and be involved in meaningful activities that comfort, stimulate and bring enjoyment
• Provides a short term experience of the sense of community that comes with facilitated care
• Continuation of daily roles and routines
• An opportunity for group activities and company in a safe and secure environment




Very often, respite care is the first experience of rest home care for families. This can be an emotional time for everyone including the person receiving care




Building trust through open communication:
It is important to gain as much information as possible about what to expect.  Gaining trust and developing open communication with the people who will be taking care of your loved one is important. They too must gain as much information as possible about your loved one (their likes and dislikes, interests and routines) to give the very best of care. Every person is unique and has different responses and needs. The information you provide enables the rest home to develop a comprehensive plan of care specific to those unique and special needs. 




All information about your loved one is available to you, so you should feel free to ask staff about anything that concerns you. People responsible for the care of your loved one write notes throughout the day and night so it is possible to find out how your loved one is doing over the 24 hour period. We provide 24 hour registered nursing coverage, 7 days a week.




Please contact our Operations Manager Maja or Clinical Manager Susan to discuss respite care options for your loved one.




Autumnal van trips: May 2017

Every weekend, our Activities Coordinator takes a group of residents on a van outing somewhere special in the community. Last weekend they all enjoyed a colourful trip up the Wairau Valley to observe the autumnal leaves of the vineyards. Everyone enjoyed the stunning display and friendly chats with passers by.

December 2016

In May of this year a number of our dedicated Diversional Therapists and care staff commenced an 8 month course called ‘Walking In Another’s Shoes’ that runs only once a year. This was facilitated by Dementia Educator Alison Rowe from Older Persons Mental Health at the Wairau Hospital. The course is all about encouraging person centred care for people living with dementia. We are proud that now nine of our staff team have completed this wonderful course since it began in 2014. Our staff have gained so much from this specialised training, which in turn benefits residents and family members.

Winter family gathering:

Recently we held our winter family gatherings. The theme was full of elegance and fun, being 'Gold & Lace'. We had delightful live music and a good turn out of families and some great dancing to boot. We love our family gatherings at Aberleigh. A special opportunity to celebrate our residents and their loved ones.

Preparing our spring bulbs - July 2016:

With the mild winter comes the opportunity to get our spring bulbs ready early at Aberleigh. The ‘green thumbs’ among us loved potting the daffodil bulbs recently. We cant wait for them to come out!

New Website for Dementia Care NZ:

We have a wonderful new Website and we invite you to take a tour! www.dementiacarenz.co.nz


Our beautiful new specialist dementia care hospital is now open.

Please feel free to come and visit us at any time.


We would love to meet with you.


Maja Yu

Operations Manager

Aberleigh Rest Home and Hospital

(03) 578 7966

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