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Talbot Park
Psychogeriatric Care
156 Otipua Road
South Canterbury
(03) 687 9060
(03) 687 9076
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Angela Kerr - (03) 687 9060
South Canterbury District Health Board - (03) 687 9060
Charge Nurse Manager
Angela Kerr - (03) 687 9060
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Talbot Park - specialized Dementia/Psycho-geriatric hospital level care, committed to maintaining the independence and individuality of each person, assisting and supporting them in their activities of living by a team of enthusiastic staff experienced in care of the elderly
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 19 Jul 2013
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 25
Vacancy Yes
Impending vacancy No
Additional Room CostsNo
MOH Certification and Audit Report View MOH certification and audit report (opens in a new tab)
Updated: 20 May 2019
TypeHours Per WeekStatusDetails
Registered Nurse Yes We have Registered Nurses working in this service 24 hours a day
Enrolled Nurse Yes
Physiotherapist Yes On contracted basis.
Occupational Therapist Negotiable As required, by arrangement.
Social Worker (on site) Negotiable As required, by arrangement.
Diversional Therapist Yes We have a Diversional Therapist, who works with the team to ensure residents are, as able, actively involved in activities.
Hairdresser Yes Our hairdresser visits weekly and by arragement.
Podiatrist Yes Visits Talbot Park at 6 weekly intervals. This covers routine podiatary.
Dietitian Negotiable As required by arrangement.
Kaumatua Yes Our Kaumatua is available to visit as required. Also able to assist with Pacific Island referals.
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes Our Chaplin and assistant Chaplin visit weekly. Individuals are encouraged to remain in contact with their own Chaplin/Spiritual Advisors.
Other Personnel Yes Our Administration Support person is able to help with general queries. See Charge Nurse Manager for other queries.
Updated: 13 Jul 2017
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of ExpertiseStatusDetails
Oxygen Management Yes
Gastronomy/Nasogastric Management Yes A number of Registed staff are skilled in this area.
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes
Wound Care Yes We have Registered Nurses with wound care knowledge.
Diabetic Care No Registered Nurses will take care of the day to day management in consultation with the GP, however should specialist care be required the diabetic nurse specialist at Timaru Hospital and Community Services would be contact.
Continence Advice No Registered Nurses can assess residents, and if required the Continence Advisor at the Timaru Hospital and Community Services will be contacted.
Stomal Therapy No We have access to the Timaru Hosptial and Community Services Stomal Therapist.
Infection Control Yes We have staff trained in infection control and support as required with a specialist in this area from Timaru Public Hospital.
Surgical Followup Yes We can take residents to appointments within the Timaru area.
Psychiatric Care Yes We have access to Timaru Hospital and Community Services Psycho-geriatric team for assessment as required.
Clinical Management Yes Our facility is managed by a Registered Nurse, an onsite Charge Nurse Manager, and we have a Service Manager based at Timaru Public Hospital.
Updated: 13 Jul 2017
May Bring Own Furniture Yes We encourage residents to personalise their rooms with their own furniture and pictures.
Single Rooms Yes You will notice that bed heights vary. The lower beds particulary suit those who might be at risk of falls.
Ensuite No One room has their own toilet. We have one shared ensuite.
Alcohol Permitted Yes This is by arrangement and will be kept in a secure area.
Pets In Residence Yes We have a cat named Radar who has access the facility.
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes Residents are encouraged to have their pets visit and we would negotiate a pet coming to live with us on a case by case basis.
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes Although in the new area there is underfloor heating throughout facility this can be adjusted by our staff to suit comfort levels.
Lounges/seating areas Yes A number of spaces available, see special features
Palliative Care Contract No We provide Palliative Care management within the Specialized Dementia Care Unit.
Outings Yes We take Residents on van outings approximately twice a week visiting places of interest in the area.
Whanau Room Yes We have a room which can be used by family during the day.
Maori Kaupapa No But, our Kaumatua will arrange if required.
Residents Committee No We do have a Residents and Relatives Meeting held quaterly.
Family Committee No Residents families can talk with the Charge Nurse Manager during business hours.
Newsletter Yes
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Confused Residents Yes
Rural Setting No However, we have uninterputed views across farmlands to the foothills.
Smokers Room No Although we have a smoke free policy within the facility we will look at individual needs.
Smoking Permitted No See above.
Semi-Secure Yes We offer a totally secure facility.
Updated: 13 Jul 2017
Special Features
Special Features
Our facility has been designed to offer our residents a comfortable, caring environment. We offer a number of lounge areas, all with interesting outlooks, there are small lounges for those who like their own space. These lounges are set up so our staff are able to able to provide assistance and supervision as required.

We have wide and clear circular walkways throughout, with handrails to encourage resident mobility and allow a feeling of freedom and space.

The decor is fresh and comtemporary, we have a selction of photos of old Timaru - a point of reminiscence for many of our residents.

For those who respond well to the soothing effects of water therapy we have a spa bath as well.
Updated: 13 Jul 2017
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Advocate, Alzheimer's Society, Aromatherapy, Big print books, Board games, Bowls, Breakfast in bed, Canine friends, Classical Music, Children, Church, Cooking, Craft, Dancing, Electric beds, Email, Entertainers, Entertainment, Exercises, Fax, Flower arranging, Games, Garden, Gardening, Happy Hour, Holidays, Hydrotherapy, Indoor Games, Massage, Movies, Music, Newspaper reading, Organ, Outings, Pastoral care, Pianist, Reading, Roses, Singing, Views, Videos
Updated: 19 Jul 2013
Additional Information
Additional Information
Details about Meals Residents are encouraged to select from a menu daily. Home baking is a feature of morning and afternoon teas. Special diets are catered for.
Staffing Qualifications and Details We pride ourselves in our high standard of nursing care with Registered Nurses on duty 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Registered nurses are responsible for the direction and supervision of Enrolled Nurses and Hospital Aides
What's included in your fees and what's not Please contact our Manager for details
Updated: 19 Jul 2013
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
English Yes
Updated: 19 Jul 2013
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual AffiliationsStatusDetails
Anglican Yes
Baptist Yes
Brethren Yes
Christian Yes
Denominations/Faiths represented Yes
Inter denominational Yes
Jehovah Witness Yes
Methodist Yes
Presbyterian Yes
Roman Catholic Yes
Salvation Army Yes
Seventh Day Adventist Yes
(Other comments) No While we have affiliations with some religous groups we recognise the importance of individual beliefs and would work with residents/family/whanau to meet these needs
Updated: 19 Jul 2013
Public Transport 0.10 km The bus is right outside the front gate.
Shops 0.50 km A Dairy is one block away.
Mall 3.00 km Highfield Village Mall is the the closest.
Parks 3.00 km We are set in 3 hectares of landscaped grounds which provides a park like setting. The best childrens play area is at the Botanic Gardens.
Library 3.50 km We have an in-house library. The main library is downtown.
Updated: 19 Jul 2013
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RCStatusDetails
CareerForce Yes A high percentage of our staff have, or ar working towards the Certificate in Support of the Older Person/Dementia
National Certificate in Support of the Older Person (not available after Dec 2010) Yes see above
Updated: 19 Jul 2013

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