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Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care
14 Browning Cres
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14 Browning Crescent
Nelson 7011
Nelson Marlborough
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Soumy Saju (CM) Sumy Saju (OM) - (03) 547 6867
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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: 14 Oct 2015
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 27
Vacancy Yes
Impending vacancy Yes
Premium Room Charges Some Rooms as at 25 Jul 2022
MOH Certification and Audit Report View MOH certification and audit report (opens in a new tab)
Extra admission requirements due to COVID-19 Please enquire
Updated: 10 Aug 2022
October 2021


On the 4th of February 2019 my beloved Wife Lynley was visiting Christchurch with a friend, she was a bright articulate lady, very intelligent and throughout her life capable of achieving anything she put her mind to whether it be business, craftwork, artwork, designing gardens, selling real estate or photography, in other words a wonderful all round good person as she loved to help other people.

On the 21st of February 2019 all of that changed as she finished up in Christchurch Hospital having suffered a seizure. This was much later diagnosed as Autoimmune Encephalitis. This resulted in some brain damage and also partial paralysis of the left side. This made any hand work impossible as the left hand was useless hence tremendous frustration because all the things she used to do now could not be done.

This frustration caused her to be a little difficult to handle and she was sent home for me to look after from two other rest homes which couldn’t manage her, but the staff at Tasman Rest Home managed to achieve this where others had failed. They were patient, caring and loving allowing her to mix with others and looking after all her needs in a very bright and efficient manner.

All I can say is well done to the management and staff. You also looked after me at a time when I needed help and you comforted me as well.

My grateful thanks on behalf of Lynley and me.

Graeme Daniel

5 October 2021

My Thanks

I wish to convey my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the staff and management of Tasman Rest Home for the exceptional care extended to my wife Joan during the two and a half years she was resident in your facility.
The patience, compassion and kindness of the staff and management to the residents is also offered to the family and friends visiting their loved ones. Though Joan was unable to express her feelings, especially toward the end of her stay, I know she felt loved and was extremely fond of your staff and appreciative of the care and help she received at all times.
We are very fortunate in Nelson to have a dedicated dementia facility with such high standards as Tasman Rest Home. I can confidently recommend Tasman to anyone needing dementia care for their loved ones as a home away from home where they will receive the best care possible.


Alan Crawford

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.

To all the wonderful staff at Tasman

We just wanted you all 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 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 Mum after she could no longer stay at home

We extend to you all our warmest regards and grateful thanks
Sue & John, Michael, Carolyn and the rest of the family of Joy Guy

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: 18 Oct 2021
Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse Yes There is a registered nurse on site seven days a week, 24 hours per day.Should you require any information regarding your loved one, the registered nurse on duty is the person to see.
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers Yes Our team of care givers are passionate about caring for people who have dementia. This is the work they have chosen to do.
Physiotherapist Yes Our physio therapist 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 each resident safely.
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 if required.
Podiatrist Yes We have a podiatristwho 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.
Kaumatua Negotiable Please enquire
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes Tasman is interdenominational so we have people from several denominations that visit. Individual visits can be arranged if required.
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
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes Our registered nurses have received training in caring for people as they experience the final stages of their journey. Te Ara Whakapiri - Principles and guidance for the last days of life.
Wound Care Yes Specialist care is available on referral.
Diabetic Care Yes Specialist care is available on referral.
Continence Advice Yes We have a continence advisor who calls on us regularly. 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 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 at Tasman. 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 special training programs that we offer.
Updated: 2 Dec 2019
Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes
Single Rooms Yes
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes
Lounges/seating areas Yes
Provide End of Life/Palliative Care Yes Te Ara Whakapiri - Principles and guidance for the last days of life.
Outings Yes
Whanau Room Yes
Residents Committee Yes
Family Committee Yes
Newsletter Yes
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Confused Residents Yes
Rural Setting Yes Tasman has a surrounding park with beautiful views and established trees.
Smokers Room No Smoking is permitted outside only.
Smoking Permitted Yes Smoking is permitted outside only.
Updated: 22 Jan 2018
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.

Tasman's specialist hospital wing 'Aio' is a warm and comfortable home with a lovely open plan kitchen for activities, residents and families.

There are interesting and pleasant paths to walk and places to sit in the gardens.

The surrounding park offers beautifull views.

A small home means things are more familiar and homely.
Updated: 18 Oct 2011
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Activity programme, Advocate, Age Concern, Alzheimer's Society, Aromatherapy, Art, BBQ, Big print books, Billiards, Bingo, Board games, Bowls, Bridge, Canine friends, Cards, Care and Craft, Children, Church, Classical Music, Concerts, Cooking, Craft, Dancing, Entertainers, Exercises, Flower arranging, Games, Garden, Gardening, Happy Hour, Hydrotherapy, Indoor Games, Jigsaw, Massage, Minibus, Music, Movies, Newspaper reading, Park, Parties, Pianist, Reading, Sing-a-longs
Updated: 18 Oct 2011
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
Chinese Yes
Chinese dialect Yes
English Yes
Filipino Yes
Updated: 18 Oct 2011
What's New
What's New
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Strengthening our clinical team - August 2022

We are delighted to have recently secured the services of two highly skilled and experienced clinicians to join our organisational team in key leadership roles.
Urmee Rahman and Arrah Bagtang have accepted positions as Regional Clinical Managers with Dementia Care NZ. Their role will be to mentor, guide and support the Clinical Managers of our rest homes, and through them the Registered Nursing and care teams. 
Based in the South and North Islands respectively, they will provide leadership through regular on-site visits, zoom sessions and telephone support. They in turn will be supported by our wider DCNZ team. 
In welcoming Urmee and Arrah to our family, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce them to you.
A dedicated professional with over 8 years of clinical and managerial experience in the health sector, Urmee’s expertise is in aged care nursing, with the past four years in clinical management roles.
Urmee’s approach is strongly people-focused, with a commitment to empowering and supporting our older population to continue to be in charge of living their lives in the way that makes them happy.
Urmee is at home working within a multi-disciplinary team setting to provide the highest quality of care at all times. She thrives on leading and developing successful teams, and implementing change in a dynamic and complex healthcare environment.
Her personal interests include reading, travelling, and exploring and getting to know different cultures and places.
Arrah comes to us with more than seven years experience as Clinical Manager for Aged Care facilities providing rest home, hospital and dementia levels of care, with proven ability to support both residents and staff. Her most recent role has been as Clinical Manager of a 60-bed rest home providing hospital and rest home level care. 
Arrah has expertise in Infection Control, Health and Safety, Quality Improvement, facilitating staff education, interRAI assessments and all aspects of clinical team leadership. Her focus is on creating and maintaining warm, caring and effective relationships with residents, their families and the staff team to provide truly excellent holistic care.
Above all, Arrah’s passion for older persons’ care, and especially dementia, shine through the work she has chosen to do.
This dual appointment broadens and strengthens the clinical expertise of our team, making an additional level of knowledge, skills and experience readily accessible to staff, residents and families. The added benefits in terms of care will be significant, with a true passion for dementia and aged care characterising each member of our outstanding clinical team.



Havening - August 2022

Havening is sometimes known as ‘first aid for the emotions’ for its ability to very quickly soothe and down-regulate stress neuro-chemistry and promote calm and tranquility. 
Havening is a psycho-sensory therapy that helps people identify the root causes of their issues and rewire their response so that they can release issues like stress, trauma and anxiety.
Over the past 18 months I’ve completed Havening training including a three-day intensive training programme, passing 30 written client case studies, two client case study videos, ethics and a neuro-science exam.
The objective of this training is to explore how Havening techniques might help people living with dementia. Over the next few months we will be considering how simple Havening techniques could  help de-escalate situations our residents find distressing or confronting, and create a sense of safety and calm in our homes.
How it works
Havening is based on neuro-science and is all about training the brain to respond differently to particular issues. People’s brains can become stuck in a pattern of high alert around certain circumstances and situations. These situations will trigger extreme or disproportional responses.
Havening techniques can interrupt this pattern by creating healing delta waves. It is gentle, healing, effective and often rapid, and has no negative side effects.
In a session we use Havening Touch to create the change. This technique switches off the brain’s ‘alarm’ button associated with a particular stored trauma, preventing future unhelpful responses. Havening is simple, safe and highly effective, gently down-regulating anxiety and distress and creating a sense of safety … a sense of a safe ‘Haven’.

Donya Nee, Promotions and Public Relations Coordinator and Havening practitioner.



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



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


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.



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!
At a number of our homes we have been holding a weekly 'coffee club'.  This is a time for socialisation, reminiscing, sharing time with family and friends, creating magic moments. Out come the lovely table cloths, the special china, the flowers on the tables not to mention the lovely home baked goodies and coffee! If you would like to join your friend or loved one for coffee club, please conta...ct the operations manager of the facility for details. We would love to share this time with you.
Donya Nee, on behalf of the Diversional Therapy Team from Dementia Care NZ.







  • Our Vision and Values – Are the cornerstone of all we do. We select our staff based upon our vision and values. This means we attract the right people and have a great staff retention. Staff have a high level of job satisfaction and many opportunities to grow which naturally results in best performance and positively impacts upon our residents’ well being.
  • Open home – Our families are always welcome. You have an open invitation to share mealtimes with your loved one, at no charge. We want you to have as much special time with your loved one as possible. This benefits us all.
  •  Small Homes  – Small homes mean that the environment feels more normalised, and residents orientate to their environment more easily.. There is a family feel. We get to know our residents very well. There are fewer faces to get to know. There is a higher staff ratio than in many larger facilities.
  • Open Plan kitchens - Purpose designed kitchens mean that residents and their families have full, assisted and safe access to familiar homely activities. People can help rinse the dishes, make a cup of tea, wipe down the bench, and be part of the running of their home. Baking and cooking activities occur regularly.
  • Bedrooms – Are warm and cosy. There is under-floor heating as well as wall unit heating. People are encouraged to bring special things from home, to make their room feel familiar and homely. We provide all of the necessities.
  •  Family Support  – Our families have the opportunity to meet monthly with an independent facilitator to share thoughts, feelings and concerns about having a loved one in care. At Levin and Waikanae support is available over the phone.
  • Special Programmes for Families - We enjoy having two special courses for our families: ‘Orientation For Families’ and ‘Sharing the Journey’. These courses help people to settle into having a loved one in care, and provide information about dementia and improving the quality of the journey with your loved one in care.
  • Our team: Our staff team are hand-picked and are with us because they love working with people who have dementia. They are given many opportunities to grow within the organisation and are supported to be their very best. We provide them with free medical attention and  staff support from ‘Work Place Support’ . They are also given much in the way of Education. We are great believers in the power of education and support for growth.
  • Education - We have an Education Coordinator who coordinates , supports, motivates and encourages staff to grow and develop as much as possible.
  • Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care training – All our staff attend this training as a part of their comprehensive ‘orientation’ program. It is based on the ground-breaking work of Virginia Bell and David Troxell, and originated in the U.S.A. The main focus is on developing empathy, communication and an understanding of our residents’ needs.
  • Non Violent Crisis Intervention – This is an internationally recognised qualification that we encourage all staff members to participate in.  This course supports what is learnt in the Best Friends Approach to Care training.
  • Intercultural training – Our staff team have the opportunity to be a part of  comprehensive training around intercultural awareness. This training is designed to help staff understand the varying cultural needs  of our residents, as well as fellow staff members.
  • Occupational Therapy – We have a very experienced Occupational Therapist who leads our team of Diversional Therapists.  She is also available for consulting regarding residents’ specific needs and/or behaviours of concern.
  • Physiotherapist – Our Physiotherapist visits our home regularly.
  • Dietician – Our dietician is on site on a regular basis and is available for advice at anytime.
  • Community Care – We have a proactive approach  to education for the wider community around dementia care.
  • We speak at both national and international  conferences  on the subject of excellence in person-centred care. Community education, removing the stigma from dementia and increasing the quality of life for people who have dementia are  passions we love to share with others.














Warmth, community spirit and a focus on the immense value of people with dementia were the hallmarks of the recent opening of Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care. The official opening of the renewed and renovated facility began with a warmly welcoming Whaikorero (Blessing and Speech of Welcome) by Archdeacon Harvey Ruru QSM, followed by a waiata. Interest in the new facility was intense among those present. Openness and an eagerness to share and be part of the occasion characterised the involvement of the Nelson community, who were excited about what the facility means in terms of the betterment of aged care in the area. The mayor of Nelson, Aldo Miccio, spoke passionately about the importance of catering for specialised needs of the ageing community, and the need to raise public awareness of the challenges the elderly can encounter. He reminded guests that the staff at Tasman are caring for some of the most vulnerable people among us, and need the support of the community in doing this important work. He emphasised the importance of developing understanding and empathy towards people with dementia, and of supporting them to remain an essential part of our community. Tasman director Alison Hume spoke from the heart about the right of people with dementia to a homely, tranquil and loving home where they are accepted, valued and respected. Her short address honoured the staff who have worked under difficult conditions during the year-long renovation process. Guests were invited to consider what makes a house a ‘home’, what positive things happen in their own home, and what each one of us associates with tranquil family times. This is the atmosphere the staff of Tasman are committed to creating for residents, who are supported by the loving and accepting ‘best friends’ approach to care. “We want this to be a place where people can relax and just ‘be’”, Alison Hume said. The opening of facility was hailed as a ‘truly special day’ for residential care in the Nelson area by National Director of Alzheimer’s NZ, Mr Johan Vos. The facility now offers a full continuum of care, which means that people with dementia are able to stay in one place as their needs change. The facility is also the only home in the NMDHB which offers hospital level dementia care. Mr Vos congratulated the management of Tasman, Tanya Tuscano and Andrew Sheard, and the NMDHB for the proactive way in which they have worked together to provide essential services for people with dementia in the area. The important service provided by Alzheimer’s Nelson in the areas of community education, information and support was also acknowledged. It was vital for local Alzheimer’s bodies to continue to work closely with residential care providers such as Tasman, said Mr Vos. Mr Vos commended Tasman Rest Home and Dementia Care on its philosophy of care, which focuses on care in small homes and in so doing, creates an enhanced sense of wellbeing for a person with dementia. The importance of supporting independence, freedom of choice and the ability to continue with familiar and purposeful activities for people with dementia was also highlighted by Mr Vos. “A person with dementia is still a person that has a right to be treated with dignity, respect, love and compassion as we would any other human being.” The occasion was a celebration of the value and dignity of the elderly people in our community, and reflected the importance of providing them with the best possible care in a homely, loving environment.

 (photograph - Operations manager Andrew Sheard and Alzheimers New Zealand Director Johan Vos).


Updated: 8 Aug 2022

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