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Brylyn Residential Care
Category
Rest Home
Address
200 Te Kowhai Road
Te Rapa
Hamilton 3288
Postal Address
200 Te Kowhai Road
RD 8
Hamilton 3288
DHB
Waikato
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Manager
Joan Estolas - 07 8494025
Owner
Caitlin and Joe - 021 025 74007
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We provide a quality, and individualised Rest Home, Respite, Convalescent and Hospital Level Care in a personalised and homely environment using the InteRAI Assessment Tool, endorsed by The Ministry of Health, to assess residents needs and establish Long Term Care Plans, to ensure the resident receives the most appropriate care to meet their assessed needs. This is done in consultation with the family by a Registered Nurse and filed online through an integrated computing system. This means the plan can be reviewed readily through different agencies when needed.

This is done within our small, privately owned Rest Home which has a friendly, caring and homely environment designed to fit you and your loved ones needs. We have competent, kind and caring staff who genuinely care for the needs and health of the residents under their care. We have home cooked meals and baking, which you will smell as soon as you step in the door. All our washing is done on site, so there is minimal missing clothes.

We offer this quality and personalised care within a homely environment in a country setting, with an outlook onto farms and grazing animals, and a fresh country breeze that proves to be very beneficial to our residents health.

We provide a range of services which include Long Term Hospital, Rest Home, Day Care, Respite Care and Convalescent Care for both the elderly and under 65's.

Recently Brylyn has been awarded with a 3 year certification from the Waikato District Health Board to provide residential care at the above levels of care requirements. We are very happy and pleased to receive this certification and look forward to achieving better results with quality improvements, staff training and support from WDHB. This achievement is a reflection of the quality care provided by our Brylyn Care Team.

Book your loved ones into Brylyn Residential Care for Respite , Long Term Care at Hospital or Resthome Level or needing time to recover from a operation or an illness, book into Brylyn for Convalescent Care while you recuperate.

We have dedicated respite care rooms. Please email brylynresthome@gmail.com or phone 07 8494025 or 02102574007 WE ACCEPT HALF DAY STAYS as well as FULL RESPITE DAYS. You can discuss with Disability Support Link on the number of Respite Days available for use if you need a break from caring for a loved one at home.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
DetailStatus
Contract with DHBYes
CertificationYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 27 Jun 2022
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
DetailStatus
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 21
Vacancy No
Impending vacancy No
Premium Room Charges Yes from $13.00/day up to $40.00/day as at 30 May 2022
MOH Certification and Audit Report View MOH certification and audit report (opens in a new tab)
Extra admission requirements due to COVID-19 No
Updated: 27 Jun 2022
Testimonials
Testimonials
Facility Name : Brylyn Residential Care
Posted on : 2018/05/15 10:48:26

TITLE : Kindness and compassion

The Positives : Staff were very gentle and kind. Cheery and pleasant. The home is very clean and doesn't have that smell often associated with elderly persons rest homes. Its more like a family home than an institution. When my father passed away they advised the other residents and celebrated his life with a beautiful photo, candle and fresh flowers- the compassion and empathy of the staff was wonderful. Dad was very happy in Brylyn, he enjoyed the food which was delicious and the interaction with everyone

The Negatives :

Suggestions or General Comment : When our time comes we would be more than happy to stay at Brylyn. Beautiful setting and the Studio rooms are like home.

To see the full review (including ratings) please click here https://www.agedadvisor.nz/search/aged-care/Brylyn-Residential-Care-RD-8-Hamilton#reviews
Updated: 27 Jun 2022
Personnel
Personnel
Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse 208 Yes We have a Registered Nurse on duty 24/7, as well as a Registered NURSE MANAGER five days. Please call 078494025 to make an appointment to see the NM.
Nurse Practitioner No We have a Nurse Manager who oversees the running of the rest home. She works Mon-Fri, 9.00am to 5.30pm. Please call the facility to make an appointment if needed. NP to be arranged if needed. The Admin Manager works Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4pm.
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers 266 Yes We have caregivers rostered on 24 hours a day.
Physiotherapist 0.00 Yes A physiotherapist visits the home once a fortnight and will see clients upon referral by Doctor, Registered Nurse or Nurse Manager.
Occupational Therapist 0.00 Negotiable Referral will be made either by Doctor or Physiotherapist.
Social Worker (on site) 0.00 Negotiable We are happy to make any required referrals.
Diversional Therapist No We do have an Activities Cooordinator to conduct activities, trips, exercises, craft and socialization for residents.
Activities Co-ordinator 25 Yes Our activities co-ordinator works from 8.45am to 2.30pm every week day. There is a varied programme including bus trips during term time at no extra cost.
Hairdresser Yes Fortnightly on a Monday morning.
Podiatrist Yes Every six weeks.
Dietitian Yes Available as needed upon referral from the GP
Accredited Visitors Yes Accredited visitors are arranged on a as needs basis - please let one of the staff know that you require this service.
Kaumatua Yes Organised as needed.
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor 2 Yes A vicar attends regularly and can be arranged on a as need basis.
Other Personnel 55 Yes We have 2 Maintenance / handymen who oversee the gardens and other little renovations as needed and 2 housekeepers.
Updated: 27 Jun 2022
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise Status Details
Oxygen Management Yes Oxygen is available through use of an oxygen cylinder as well as oxygen concentrators.
Gastronomy/Nasogastric Management Yes We have NZNC registered RNs to provide P.E.G feeding if required.
Palliative Care (Contracted) No We nurse all our End of Life residents in the facility with input from our inhouse GP, and our RNs work 24/7.
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes We nurse all our End of Life residents in the facility with input from our inhouse GP, and our RNs work 24/7. We work on keeping our residents pain free, comfortable and clean, including in the End of Life / Palliative Care phase.
Wound Care Yes Wound assessment and management is completed by NZNC qualified RNs on the facility and referrals will be made to the WDHB Wound Nurse Specialist as needed.
Diabetic Care Yes The Registered Nurses on duty monitors blood sugar results for the diabetic residents; administer insulin and consult the inhouse GP for any anomalies.
Continence Advice Yes Continence assessment is done on admission by the Registered Nurse on duty and further re-assessment is done every 6 months or earlier as needed.
Stomal Therapy No Referral will be made in accordance to the GP's assessment.
Stroke Rehabilitation No For not so severe stroke victims accepted; we are happy to refer to a Physiotherapist as needed and as financially viable for the families.
Tracheotomy Care No We are happy to train our RNs in Tracheostomy care if such a resident is accepted.
Infection Control Yes Standard Precautions are taken for all residents with thorough hand-washing; P.P.E's are used as needed for other contaminations.
Psychiatric Care No Inhouse GP is will make any necessary assessments and referrals as needed for a psyciatric assessment for any clients after behaviour monitoring is completed.
Clinical Management Yes The facility is managed by a Clinical Nurse Manager.
Other Specialties Yes We are happy to liaise with and make any referrals to any Nursing Specialists.
Updated: 27 Jun 2022
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay Status Details
Respite Yes We accept respite cares privately as well as referred from the DHB / DSL. Please contact us on 078494025 or email brylynresthome@gmail.com
Carer Support Yes We provide carer support respite care privately or referred from DSL / DHB. Please contact us on 078494025 or email brylynresthome@gmail.com
Other Short Stay Programme Yes Convalescent Care either short term referred from hospital or self referred after illness or surgery is accepted, as well as day stays - half days / overnight stays are welcome. Please contact us on 078494025 or email brylynresthome@gmail.com
High Care Needs Yes Hospital level care referred from DHB / DSL or other DHBs is accepted as well as Chronic Long Term Conditions is catered for. Please contact -078494025 or email brylynresthome@gmail.com
Subsidised Yes We accept all subsidised residents within the existing contracts with the WDHB. To ascertain your eligibility for a subsidy please call WINZ /M.O.H(Ministry of Health), M.S.D(Ministry of Social Development) or DSL. ( Disability Support Link)
Private Paying Yes We accept private paying clients, either self referred or if not eligible for a subsidy, so long as they meet the criteria for residential care within resthome / hospital level and meet the requirements of the Admission Agreement.
Booking can be made in advance Yes You are most welcome to make an advance booking for respite care / day stay / convalescent care, as long as we have beds available. We will give priority to the bookings and will make appropriate arrangements if we are unable to meet that booking .
Updated: 27 Jun 2022
Features
Features
Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes Own furniture is encouraged, feel free to make your room into your home. We provide beds, chest of drawer, bedside cabinets, and lamps.
Single Rooms Yes 15 single rooms
Shared Rooms No We have 7 Double Rooms, which will suit a couple coming into care, but shared amenities. Friends coming into care could utilize this as well.
Rooms suitable for a couple No 8 Studio rooms with en-suites, kitchenette, walk in wardrobes, heat pumps, bar fridge, small living area and own patio area.
Ensuite No Studio rooms plus one single room have their own en-suites.
Alcohol Permitted Yes Onsite Alcohol policy must be adhered to, and all alcohol needs to be given under the supervision of the RN on duty. This is to minimize any serious side effects of unwell residents due to medication.
Phone Access In Own Room Yes All rooms have their own phone jacks if the Resident wishes to have their own phone. Family will organise their own provider and are responsible for the installation and bills. WiFi is available. Residents may take calls on the facility portable phone.
Wifi Yes
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes All studio rooms have their own remote to adjust their air conditioning/heating units. Gas Heating in the rest of the home is through floor vents. Residents are welcome to have their own additional heating in their room if needed.
Cater for under 65 yrs with Disability Yes We are funded for those who qualify for under 65 care and private payers are accepted under this category.
Lounges/seating areas Yes We have one main lounge area with a TV. There is a small family room which is available for residents and their friends and families to meet or if a resident wants some 'quiet' time.
Primary Health Funded Short Term Care Yes If you need short term care either private or funded through the DHB ring the Nurse Managerfor more information.
Provide End of Life/Palliative Care Yes We provide End of Life / Palliative Care to ur existing clients and anyoen wishing to come into care for this. We have NZNC trained and qualified nurse to oversee and provide this level of care. Please call 078494025 or email - brylynresthome@gmail.com
Palliative Care Contract Yes We provide Palliative Care to our existing residents, unless they decide to move into Hospice Care for this.
Day Programme for day stay clients Yes Day care available 7 days per week. $46 per day . Includes cooked main meal at lunchtime, morning and afternoon tea, and particpation in activities on weekdays. We have a contract with the Waikato DHB for this service. Please contact DSL for more info.
Outings Yes Coffee outings, shopping, sightseeing, ice cream trips, duck feeding.
Whanau Room Yes
Maori Kaupapa Yes Can be contacted as needed.
Residents Committee Yes Residents meet every 6 months to discuss any issues, the meeting is conducted by the Activities co-ordinator and the Admin Manager.
Family Committee No Families are welcome to discuss issues with us on a daily basis and are welcome to contact us at any time.
Newsletter Yes Newsletters are sent out monthly to the first next of kin, published on the website and placed on the notice board in the facility.
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes Challenging behaviour is monitored as per policy,families will be contacted as needed. If behaviour implicates severely on the operations of the facility, then we are obliged to activate our termination of contract clause, or refer to DSL for placement.
Confused Residents No We are not a Secure Dementia Unit, but do cater for mildly confused residents, age related, who are not a risk to themselves or others.
Rural Setting Yes We are in a beautiful quiet, country setting with lots of fresh air, away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Smokers Room No We encourage NO SMOKING POLICY, but have a shed away from the facility to be utilized if needed. Cigarettes are kept by the RN and dispensed as needed by the client. This is to minimize any smoke smell complaints by other residents, fire risk,etc.
Smoking Permitted Yes Not inside the facility.
Updated: 27 Jun 2022
Special Features
Special Features
We are a rest home in a semi rural environment which has a family-like atmosphere. We have a chef who caters to individual needs and likes on a daily basis.
We maintain our rest home like a well lived-in large home. Our residents and staff like to laugh and joke and create a lively environment in the home. We minimize the institutional environment of resthomes and hospitals.
We have a surprise 'take-out' meal once a month, summer BBQ's and celebrate birthdays with a baked cake from our kitchen plus we incorporate all the annual events like Matariki, Easter, Anzac, Christmas etc.
Updated: 27 Jun 2022
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Activity programme, Age Concern, Art, BBQ, Big print books, Bingo, Board games, Bowls, Canine friends, Children, Church, Entertainers, Craft, Electric beds, Exercises, Games, Garden walks, Happy Hour, Jigsaw, Library, Manicures/Hand Massage, Music, Outings, Quizzes, Speakers, Sing-a-longs, Sky TV and Netflix.
Updated: 27 Jun 2022
Additional Information
Additional Information
Topic Details
What's included in your fees and what's not Our daily contract rate with the Ministry of Health is $173.99 per day for standard single rooms, $213.99 for Studio Units, and $186.99 for ensuite room / renovated double room.
Staffing qualifications and details We currently employ 20 staff who work on a rostered basis to ensure coverage of all shifts.
Details about meals We have 2 experienced cooks who along with the dietican have created our menus. Our cook is happy to cater for individual needs and preferences, within limits of dietary and nutrional requirements.
Updated: 27 Jun 2022
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
Afrikaans Yes One staff member from Southern Africa
Bulgarian Yes One staff member
Chinese Yes We have one staff member who is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.
Deaf Blind Sign Language Yes Caitlin the owner is able to assist anyone who would like to learn braille or who already knows braille.
English Yes Our staff speak and write in English, which is a requirement of working at Brylyn Residential Care.
Fijian Indian Yes We have one staff member from the Fiji.
Filipino Yes We have three staff members who are fluent in Filipino.
Hindi Yes We have numerous staff members who is fluent in Hindi.
Indonesian Yes One staff member can assist with this language.
Interpreter Yes An interpreter can be contacted when required.
Mandarin Yes 1 staff.
Maori - Te Reo Yes We have 3 staff members.
Nepali Yes Three staff members
Punjabi Yes Numerous staff can speak this.
Updated: 27 Jun 2022
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Anglican Yes We have a minister who takes a service evey Tuesday
Baha'i No Can be catered to if requested.
Baptist No Can be catered to if requested.
Brethren No Can be catered to if requested.
Buddhist No Can be catered to if requested.
Christian Yes
Confucius No Can be catered to if requested.
Denominations/Faiths represented No Can be catered to if requested.
Evangelical No Can be catered to if requested.
Hindu No Can be catered to if requested.
Inter denominational No Can be catered to if requested.
Muslim No Can be catered to if requested.
Jain No Can be catered to if requested.
Jehovah Witness No Can be catered to if requested.
Jewish No Can be catered to if requested.
Lutherism No Can be catered to if requested.
Methodist No Can be catered to if requested.
Non denominational No Can be catered to if requested.
Orthodox Christian No Can be catered to if requested.
Pentecostal No Can be catered to if requested.
Presbyterian No Can be catered to if requested.
Ratana No Can be catered to if requested.
Ringatu No Can be catered to if requested.
Roman Catholic No Can be catered to if requested.
Salvation Army No Can be catered to if requested.
Seventh Day Adventist No Can be catered to if requested.
Sikh No Can be catered to if requested.
Shinto No Can be catered to if requested.
Spiritualist/New Age No Can be catered to if requested.
Tao No Can be catered to if requested.
The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints No Can be catered to if requested.
(Other comments) No We have a multi-cultural mix of residents and staff and are happy to try and organize for any special visits.
Updated: 19 May 2018
Distances
Distances
Location Distance Details
Public Transport 3.00 Km Taxi services from anywhere in Hamilton.
Shops 3.00 Km The Base is our nearest set of shops and coffee shop in Te Kowhai.
Mall 3.00 Km We are approximately 3 km from The Base
Parks 5.00 Km In Te Rapa / Te Kowhai
Library 8.00 Km Hamilton Central
Updated: 27 Jun 2022
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
Approved provider of Professional Development and Recognition Programme No NZNC for Registered Nurses.
Police checked Yes
Updated: 27 Jun 2022
What's New
What's New
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May 2022

Hello everyone,

As winter approaches we hope you are keeping safe, staying warm and enjoying the wonderful winter days.

It was another busy birthday month, with four birthdays; these were for Reg Reihana on 1st, Barry Cartmill on the 8th, Ray Park on 20th and Thomas Wilkins on 28th May. They each had their own cake made in our kitchen to be enjoyed by all.  Happy Birthday to our four gentlemen!

We had our Mother’s Day celebration on Friday 6th with a gift for each lady of a lovely warm and soft shawl. Entertainers are back! For this occasion, we had Peter Whalley in to play his guitar and sing. Peter took song requests and a good time was had by all.

Anna, our chef, made a beautiful pink heart shaped Mother’s Day cake which she iced and decorated beautifully. Anna’s menu for Sunday had a theme of pink. Thank you to Anna who made the occasions very special.

We also say thanks to Ian Birse who has been doing quizzes with our residents. Ian helps with various other bits and pieces around the facility too.

We always have wonderful photos in our letters and on our notice boards which are taken by our staff; this is appreciated and thanks go to the staff involved.

Bingo is held twice weekly; this remains to be a very popular game. We have crafts, games mornings, and walks outside, weather permitting.

Canine Friends Pet Therapy, religious services and quizzes have been put on hold for the moment. Hopefully we can resume these services soon.

We welcome back the entertainers, enjoyed by everyone, and who are keeping the required distance away for our residents.

Feedback is always welcomed.

Keep well and be safe, until next month,

Regards

Jennifer Slement and all at Brylyn.

April 2022

Hello everyone,

We hope you are keeping safe and well and enjoying the wonderful autumn weather with the cool nights and warm days. There are picturesque scenes everywhere with the autumn colours of gold, red, brown, yellow and maroon - all so beautiful.

It was a busy birthday month, with four birthdays; these were for Christine West, Mark Matthews, Josephina Fransen and Nina Taua.  Cakes were made in the kitchen and enjoyed and celebrated by all at morning tea. Happy Birthday to you all.

Happy Hour was held on Friday 1st April with a sing-a-long and delicious snacks. Thank you to Ian Birse who has been arranging the sing-a-longs through his computer in the past few months with the music and words coming up on the TV for everyone to take part in, sing along with and enjoy.

Easter was a lovely celebration with pretty decorations, some made by the residents in a craft session and an Easter egg game held on the 14th, Thursday. There were Hot Cross Buns on Friday and an Easter egg for each on the Sunday.

Anzac was acknowledged and remembered quietly too.

Bingo is twice a week, with games mornings, crafts and walks outside to enjoy the last of the summer flowers.

Canine Friends Pet Therapy, religious services and quizzes have been put on hold for the moment as well as the entertainers. Hopefully we can resume these services soon.

Feedback is always welcomed.

Keep well and be safe, until next month,

Regards

Jennifer Slement and all at Brylyn.

March 2022

Hello everyone,

We hope you are keeping safe and well as Covid spreads everywhere! We are doing our very best to keep everyone safe here at Brylyn and our staff too. We thank you for your understanding and kind messages.

Thanks go to our staff who have been working very hard and for filling in shifts where needed.

Birthdays this month with a cake made for each resident from our kitchen, were for Cherry Davis on the 11th, David on the 27th and Snow on the 29th – Happy Birthday to you all.

On 2nd March our Residents had Subway snacks as a treat to say thank you for being so understanding with the Covid restrictions and the staff for coping with it all.

We celebrated St Patrick’s Day with a Happy Hour on Friday 18th incorporating as much green food and snacks as we were able during the day. Staff and residents dressed up with something green which made a fun day for all.

Some hot air balloons were spotted in the sky early in the morning making their way over Brylyn.

Thank you to Mary Robb’s family for the kind donation of a keyboard which we plan to make good use of.

Our popular Bingo is held twice a week and we have games mornings, crafts and walks outside to enjoy the fresh air and the garden.

Canine Friends Pet Therapy, religious services and quizzes and the Hairdresser have been put on hold for the moment, as well as the entertainers. Hopefully we can resume these services soon.

Feedback is always welcomed.

Keep well and be safe, until next month,

Regards

Jennifer Slement and all at Brylyn.

February 2022

Hello everyone,

We hope you are keeping safe and well as Covid spreads everywhere! We are doing our very best to keep everyone safe here at Brylyn and we thank you for your understanding and kind messages.

It has been a slow and quiet month here at Brylyn. Only one birthday during the month and this was for Bruce Scott on the 14th. Happy Birthday to Bruce who enjoyed a cake from our kitchen and enjoyed by all.

On Valentine’s Day 14th February, we purchased a celebration cake for residents and staff to enjoy.

Residents had their lunch out on the deck on Friday 18th which turned out to be a lovely occasion.

Our popular Bingo is held twice a week and we have games mornings, crafts and walks outside which we encourage – it is always good to get fresh air and to enjoy the beautiful and colourful summer garden.

Canine Friends Pet Therapy, religious services and quizzes have been put on hold for the moment and the entertainers too. Hopefully we can resume these services soon.

Keep well and be safe, until next month,

Regards

Jennifer Slement and all at Brylyn.

January 2022

Hello everyone, Happy New Year!

We wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous year ahead.

Two birthdays celebrated this month were for Raymond Matson on the 6th and Ian Birse on the 26th.

Happy Birthday to both gentlemen who celebrated with a cake made from our kitchen and enjoyed by everyone.

On Friday 31st December residents had a “Sing a long” Happy Hour with drinks and nibbles to celebrate the incoming New Year.

Anna, chef, planned and cooked a special meal on New Years’ day which was enjoyed by our residents.

Thanks go to two of our residents Ian Birse and Ashley Connor who have been doing some handy work for us and again to Ian who was most helpful with the putting up and taking down of all our Christmas decorations – sometimes it’s good to be tall!

Thank you to both gentlemen!

Our popular Bingo is still held twice a week and we have games mornings, crafts and walks outside which we encourage – it is always good to get fresh air and to enjoy the beautiful and colourful summer garden.

Mahi did a plastic ‘bubble’ Christmas craft which had an individual photo of resident inside. The photo was taken in front of our beautiful Christmas tree. They turned out very well and made a happy display on the dining notice board!

Canine Friends Pet Therapy came in once but are back on hold for the moment. Our religious services and quizzes had also been resumed keeping strict regulations with them but have also been put on hold at present.

Feedback is always welcomed.

Keep well and be safe, until next month,

Regards

Jennifer Slement and all at Brylyn.

December 2021

Hello everyone,

It is hard to believe it is the end of another year!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support and understanding through the year with all the Covid restrictions that have happened. This has not been easy for you and your family or for our residents and staff here at Brylyn. We continue to endeavour to give the best of care to your loved ones.

The two birthdays celebrated this month were for Robert Brough on the 12th and Glenys Alexander on the 21st when everyone had a slice of birthday cake for morning tea, which was made in the kitchen by the chef. Happy birthday to you both.

On the 3rd December we had a morning Happy Hour with Glen Carley entertaining our residents who enjoyed the occasion immensely. Glen encouraged everyone to sing along with him which was great fun. He also took song requests.

We had our resident’s Christmas BBQ on the 15th and thank goodness the rain held off – good music, good food and a good time had by all. Thank you to Mahi, Lin and staff who made it a special occasion.

The Residents that were due, had their Booster Covid Vaccination on 21st December.

There was a Christmas Happy Hour on the morning of the 24th with Glen Carley again, who is a very popular entertainer with the residents. Each resident then received a Christmas gift from Brylyn.

On Christmas Day a special lunch was planned by Lin, our Chef, with Christmas crackers to celebrate. The day was enjoyed by all.

We would like to thank Christine Fisher for the box of knitted Christmas animals that she dropped off for our residents. Christine has been working on these all year in her free time and this was much appreciated.

We have a new dining table and chairs for the deck outside which has tidied up the area for our residents and visitors.

Our popular Bingo is still held twice a week and we have games mornings, crafts and walks outside which we encourage – it is always good to get fresh air and to enjoy the garden. Mahi did a Christmas craft plastic ‘bubble’ which had a photo of each resident in it, which was taken in front of the Christmas tree. They look beautiful!

Canine Friends Pet Therapy came in once but are back on hold for the moment. Our religious services and quizzes have also been resumed along with entertainers and be assured we are keeping strict regulations with them.

Feedback is always welcomed.

Keep well and be safe, until next month,

Regards

Jennifer Slement and all at Brylyn.

November 2021

Hello everyone,

This has been another hard month with the Covid lockdown. Thank you to all of you for your understanding in this matter as we do our very best to care for your loved ones.

November only had one Birthday, and this was for Ashley Connor on the 10th. A cake made from our kitchen and celebrated with everyone. Happy Birthday Ashley.

A Melbourne Cup celebration was held on 2nd November with a special menu and decorations put up to create a festive occasion. Residents all drew out a horse’s name and 2 prizes were given out to the winners who were Thomas Wilkins and Barry Cartmill.

On Thursday 4th we had a small Diwali afternoon tea occasion with music where some of the staff danced with our residents.

Friday 5th November had a special Guy Fawkes menu day and afternoon tea. Many of the residents did a craft to create a ‘fireworks explosion’ for the centre of the dining room tables.

Bingo is still held twice a week and remains popular with our residents. We have another ‘caller’ now, Floss Dunkin, who is doing a very good job. Thank you Floss. We have games mornings, crafts and walks outside which we encourage – it is always good to get fresh air and to enjoy the garden.

There were no bus trips this month due to the Covid lockdown.

Canine Friends Pet Therapy and our religious services have been on hold. We hope these services will be able to resume sometime soon too.

Feedback is always welcomed.

Keep well and be safe, until next month,

Regards

Jennifer Slement and all at Brylyn.

October 2021

Hello everyone,

This has been a hard month with the Covid lockdown and we understand it has not been easy for residents or families who wanted to visit their loved ones. We carry on and continue to look after our residents with the best of care. One can be grateful that they are not living alone somewhere in the community - at least here they have company all day long if they wish it. Thanks go to our staff who are doing a wonderful job.

In the month of October there were two birthdays, these were for Ross Roulston on the 4th and Wayne Rolton on the 23rd. Both were celebrated with cakes made in our kitchen and enjoyed at morning tea by everyone.

The September Happy Hour was ‘celebrated’ on Friday 1st October, just before the Waikato Covid lock down. Our residents appreciated this long-awaited occasion where we had Peter Whaley in to entertain while enjoying snacks and drinks.

We organised a low-key “Halloween theme” day on Friday 29th with a special menu. Thanks go to Anna who did a wonderful job in the kitchen! There was Happy Hour in the afternoon with snacks and drinks and a cake. Residents had a fun ‘Karaoke sing-along’.

 

We have Bingo twice a week which is very popular plus there are games mornings, crafts and walks outside which are encouraged as much as possible to enjoy the spring flowers and get some fresh air and sunshine. Mahi and Jo did a Halloween craft which some enjoyed doing.

There were no bus trips this month due to the Covid lockdown.

Canine Friends Pet Therapy and our religious services have been on hold. We hope these services will be able to resume sometime soon too.

Feedback is always welcomed.

Keep well and be safe, until next month,

Regards

Jennifer Slement and all at Brylyn.

September 2021

Hello everyone,

Another month gone by and although it is spring, the weather is always unpredictable. Wonderful to see the lambs, daffodils and spring blossoms and flowers everywhere, and good to have the warm days in between.

Hopefully we will be able to lift our visiting restrictions soon. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. It is hard for all of us, but rest assured we are doing our best.

September birthdays were for Marie Johansen on the 9th, Olive Begley on 14th, Ian Stewart on 21st and Joyce Park on 18th. A cake made in our kitchen for these occasions was shared and enjoyed by all.

Father’s Day was celebrated on Friday 3rd September with a special cake made from our kitchen and a gift each from Brylyn of a Tee Shirt and Shaving Gel. It was a happy and enjoyable day.

This month the surprise lunch was on the 21st and our residents had Fish and Chips from the fresh fish Seafood Bazaar who make very good fish take-aways and this was followed by a special dessert made by Lin our chef of a Chocolate Self Sauce Pudding.

There were no bus trips this month due to the Covid lockdown.

Canine Friends Pet Therapy and our religious services have been on hold. We hope these services will be able to resume sometime soon.

Bingo is still enjoyed twice a week plus there are games mornings, crafts and walks outside to take in the fresh air and enjoy the sunshine.

Feedback is always welcomed.

Keep well and be safe, until next month,

Regards

Jennifer Slement and all at Brylyn.

August 2021

Hello everyone,

Spring is almost upon us, although this doesn’t always bring good weather as we know, but it feels good to have reached this time of the year.

Unfortunately, we have had another Covid lockdown. We should feel very fortunate for the free time we had prior to this, to have been able to move around and have holidays in this beautiful country.

Rest assured, we are all doing our very best to keep everyone safe and happy here at Brylyn. 

The residents are content with their bingo twice a week, floor games and pampering activities. Mahi is also taking them out for fresh air. We have been using the lemons from our lemon tree in the garden and the staff are making nice lemon and honey drinks for the resident’s wellbeing every day.

The staff are looking out for each other too. They have been helpful and are doing well.

Our birthdays in the month of August were for Susan Harvey on the 2nd, Colin Brewer on the 28th and Annette Coombs on the 30th. A cake was made from our kitchen to share and to celebrate. Happy Birthday to you all!

The resident surprise lunch this month on the 16th was from Jesters Pies - which seemed to be a winner with everyone. The pies were served with mashed potatoes, peas and gravy. This was followed by a pavlova made by Lin our chef.

The Bus trips went out on the Raglan Road and another trip to Cambridge and Lake Karapiro.

On Friday 27th we had a sing-along Happy Hour as we were unable to have an entertainer come in. The occasion was a happy one and a good time was had by all.

The weekend entertainers that came in at the beginning of the month were Louise, George, Charlie and Marlene.

Lisa had not been able to come in with Boomer on Wednesday afternoons before Covid lockdown, as she has been helping with calving at the farm. We look forward to seeing them both again. Christine brings her dog, Cookie, in on other occasions and also brings Mitzi in. This service from the Canine Friends Pet Therapy is much appreciated.

Normally religious services are held twice a month and a religious discussion in the alternate weeks by Reg, Jan, Len and David. We also thank David for doing our quizzes. We have daily exercises before morning tea. Bingo is held twice a week with games mornings, crafts and walks outside to take in the fresh air and enjoy the sunshine when possible.

Feedback is always welcomed.

Keep well and be safe, until next month,

Regards

Jennifer Slement and all at Brylyn.

July 2021

Hello everyone,

The end of July already with spring just around the corner, an uplifting thought. Roll on those warmer days!

Our birthdays in the month of July were for two ladies, Margaret Job on 22nd and Floss Dunkin on 31st. They each had a cake made from our kitchen to celebrate. Happy Birthday to both women!

We held the Resident meeting on the 15th and the ‘flu vaccinations were done on Monday 19th.

Tuesday 20th was our surprise lunch here for the residents. This month they had Pizzas from Dominoes followed by a Baked Custard Pudding with Doris Plums made by Lin, our Chef.

The Bus trips went out on the Raglan Road to see the Windfarms, to Temple View and Collins Road and then around the Hamilton Lake and also for some coffee trips.

Happy Hour was on Friday 30th. This month we were entertained by a new entertainer, Colin McClure, who did a sing-a-long which residents enjoyed.

The July weekend entertainers were George, Peter, Louise and Charlie and Marlene.

On Wednesday afternoons, Lisa comes in with her dog, Boomer, and Christine brings her dog, Cookie, in on other occasions. This service from the Canine Friends Pet Therapy is much appreciated.

Religious services are held twice a month and a religious discussion in the alternate weeks. We thank David for doing our quizzes. We have daily exercises and Bingo twice a week with games mornings, crafts and walks outside to take in the fresh air and enjoy the sunshine.

Feedback is always welcomed.

Keep well and warm, stay safe, until next month,

Regards

Jennifer Slement and all at Brylyn.  

June 2021

Hello everyone,

We hope you enjoyed the long weekend, Queen’s Birthday and managed to get away for a break. We have had some wonderful winter days in between those bad weather ones, but that is winter!

Birthdays in June were all for the ladies - Clarice Best on the 12th, Janet Walker on the 24th and Zena Carr on the 25th and a Happy Birthday to the three of you.

Our surprise lunch was on Friday 18th when residents had a KFC Snack Lunch followed by a chocolate pudding made by Chef, Anna. The take-away is enjoyed and appreciated by our residents.

The Bus trip on 4th went to Chartwell for coffee and a muffin and on 11th went to St Andrews Golf Course to enjoy the view while having a cup of coffee and something to eat. The bus trip on the 24th also went to St Andrews Golf course for a snack and then to feed the birds.

On Friday 25th we celebrated Matariki with star biscuits for morning tea. The special lunch was cooked by Anna and enjoyed by all. Happy Hour followed with Charlie and Marlene.

We are up to date with both Covid vaccinations - it is good to have completed this.

The weekend entertainers this month were Gail, George, Charlie & Marlene, Peter and Louise.

On Wednesday afternoons, Lisa comes in with her dog, Boomer, and Christine brings her dog, Cookie, in on other occasions. This service from the Canine Friends Pet Therapy is much appreciated.

Religious services are held twice a month and a religious discussion in the alternate weeks. We thank David for doing our quizzes. We have daily exercises and Bingo twice a week with games mornings, crafts and walks outside to take in the fresh air and enjoy the sunshine.

Feedback is always welcomed.

Keep well and keep warm, stay safe, until next month,

Regards from Jennifer Slement and all at Brylyn.  

May 2021

Hello everyone,

We hope this newsletter finds you all well and keeping warm.

Our birthdays this month were for Reginald Reihana on 1st, Raymond Park on 20th and Thomas Wilkins on 28th. Happy Birthday to all.

We celebrated Mother’s Day on Friday 7th wearing something red or pink and starting in the morning with a lady from the Orchid Society, Diane Wilson, who came in to talk about orchid growing. Diane also let the residents touch and feel the plants which they enjoyed while she answered any questions they had. The dining room and tables were decorated with lots of pink, there were pink cupcakes for tea and pink pudding. After lunch the residents were entertained by Charlie and Marlene after which there was a special Mother’s Day cake for afternoon tea and each lady received a gift of a beautiful sun hat. It was a lovely day for all.

Our surprise lunch was on Wednesday 19th when the residents had Nando’s Chicken Tender Pieces with Chips and a pudding made by Lin, our chef, which was a Cranberry Pudding with a Sauce.

The Bus trip on 7th went to the Classic Car Museum, the Arboretum and to Temple View and on the 14th and 21st to the Classic Car Museum. Residents loved seeing the old products and cars bringing back old memories and a start of many discussions. The bus trip on the 28th went out for coffee at Chartwell.

Kent, was our new entertainer this month for Happy Hour on Friday 28th when residents enjoyed having their nibbles and drinks.

The weekend entertainers this month were Christophe, George, Charlie & Marlene, Peter and Louise.

On Wednesday afternoons, Lisa comes in with her dog, Boomer. Boomer has become popular with our residents and staff and one can see his excitement when he comes in waiting to be made a fuss of.  He celebrated his birthday this month with small cupcakes iced and with a ‘paw print’ on them, made by Lisa which she brought in for staff and residents to enjoy!

Christine brings her dog, Cookie, in on other occasions and Cookie is welcomed too.

This service from the Canine Friends Pet Therapy is much appreciated.

Religious services are held twice a month and a religious discussion in the alternate weeks. We thank David for doing our quizzes and thank David too as he very kindly donated a new whiteboard. We have daily exercises and Bingo twice a week with games mornings, crafts and walks outside to take in the fresh air and sunshine days.

Keep well everyone, stay safe, until next month,

Regards from Jennifer Slement and all at Brylyn.  

April 2021

Hello everyone,

I hope you are enjoying the lovely autumn weather we are having and that some of you have managed to get a break away before winter sets in.

Our birthdays this month and were for Christine West on the 11th, Mark Matthews on the 16th and Nina Taua on the 24th.

Our surprise lunch on the 15th was a McDonalds burger with chips and a drink and chocolate brownies for dessert from the kitchen made by Lin, our chef.

We have now organised a bus trip every week to enable each resident to get a turn to go on an outing. We will try to make the weekly trips to the same place for the month, weather allowing of course and if it is wheelchair friendly. This month’s trips went out to Hamilton Gardens, to Morrinsville and to the Taitua Farm then a countryside drive along Mason and Howden Roads, the Whatawhata Road and through Perrin Park in Te Kowhai.

We had Charlie and Marlene to entertain residents on 16th while some of the residents went on their bus trip.

 

Roy Sledger and Ian came in on the 23rd to talk about model trains. He brought in a model train display of a scene in Italy which was beautifully done to scale by himself and this and his talk was enjoyed by the residents.

A craft was done for Anzac Day where residents cut out and made poppies from felt, some poppies were painted and one of our residents sewed buttons on for some of the poppy centres. We then placed them on a board which was displayed on the dining room notice board which looked wonderful!

Reg came in on Sunday 25th and held an Anzac Service for our residents which followed with Anzac biscuits for afternoon tea.

Happy Hour was on the 30th with a new entertainer, Christophe, who played the guitar and sang and got the residents to join in on occasions.

The weekend entertainers this month were Louise, Gail, Charlie, Peter and George.

On Wednesday afternoons Lisa comes in with her dog, Boomer, who is very popular with our residents and staff, and Christine brings her dog, Cookie, in on other occasions. This service from the Canine Friends Pet Therapy is much appreciated.

Religious services are held twice a month and a religious discussion in the alternate weeks. We thank David for doing our quizzes. We have daily exercises and Bingo twice a week with games mornings and walks outside to take in the fresh air and sunshine.

Thank you to Mahi, Vidhi and staff for the wonderful photos that they take of all the events in our facility. Well done to you all - we love the photos.

Keep well everyone, stay safe, until next month,

Regards from Jennifer Slement and all at Brylyn.  

March 2021

Autumn is here and we are out of daylight saving; enjoy the months we have left of good weather before winter sets in.

The birthdays this month were for three of our gentlemen; Brian Dunkin on 12th, David Shrimpton on 27th and Snow Brown on 29th with cakes from the kitchen to be shared with everyone. Happy Birthday to you.

We had a cake for Floss and Brian to celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary. Mahi arranged a special romantic lunch set out under the gazebo for them. Well done to the staff and Mahi.

On the 3rd we had another summer BBQ lunch but unfortunately the weather let us down in the morning so our residents had to eat in the dining room but still enjoyed the occasion.

Our surprise lunch on the 16th was a good occasion too; with fish and chips in individual boxes from the Seafood Bazaar (the fresh fish shop) and this was followed by homemade Banoffee Pie for dessert.

On St Patricks Day, staff and residents wore something green and we celebrated with Charlie and Marlene entertaining us. Staff got some of the residents up and dancing - it was a lovely happy event. Drinks were served at lunchtime with the meal followed with a green pudding.

The bus trip was out to Ngaroto Lake, Te Awamutu, on the 12th where the residents enjoyed sitting out in the sunshine by the water.

On the 26th we had Charlie from the Waikato Astrological Society who came in to do a talk on Rocket Engineering with visuals on the TV. This was followed by Happy Hour at 2pm with Gail, a country and western singer, who got the residents singing along with her.

There was an Easter craft morning with Mahi, where some of the residents painted and decorated eggs and the results were wonderful.

Lisa comes in with her dog, Boomer, on Wednesday afternoons and Christine brings her dog, Cookie, in on other occasions - both for dog therapy with our residents. This service from the Canine Friends Pet Therapy is much appreciated.

The weekend entertainers this month were Louise, Gail, Charlie, and George.

Religious services are held twice a month and a religious discussion in the alternate weeks. Thanks go to

David for doing the quizzes. We have daily exercises and Bingo twice a week with games mornings and walks outside to take in the fresh air and sunshine.

Keep well everyone, stay safe, until next month,

Regards from Jennifer Slement and all at Brylyn.  

February 2021

It is the end of another month and we are well into the new year. We have had wonderful long, hot summer  days which we must make the most of with Autumn not far away.

The Birthdays that we celebrated this month with a cake from our kitchen were for Bruce Scott on the 14th and Pat Smith on the 18th where we all sang Happy Birthday to them. Our staff do a wonderful job of decorating the cakes too.

Valentine’s day was also a happy occasion in the facility and there was more cake!

We have resumed the foot spa treat for our residents as requested and which is appreciated and enjoyed by them.

Our three bus trips this month went to Hamilton Lake on 12th, 19th and on the 26th. Residents enjoyed getting out and about and were also treated to a McDonald’s ice cream.

Our surprise meal on the 17th was from KFC. Residents had a snack box each of chicken tenders and chips and a pudding made from our kitchen which was all enjoyed by all.

Peter Whalley entertained residents playing his guitar and singing at the Happy hour on Friday afternoon on the 26th. It is wonderful to hear everyone singing along and enjoying themselves.

Lisa comes in with her dog Boomer and Christine brings Cookie in, both for dog therapy with our residents -this service is much appreciated.

We always say a big thank you to our weekend entertainers who were Louise, Gail, Charlie, George and Peter.

Religious services are held twice a month and a religious discussion in the alternate weeks.

David voluntarily comes in weekly to do quizzes for which we are most grateful.

There are daily exercises and Bingo twice a week with games mornings and walks outside to take in the fresh air and sunshine.

Keep well everyone, stay safe, until next month,

Regards from Jennifer Slement and all at Brylyn.

January 2021

We are well into the new year and hopefully all enjoying the summer weather. We can be grateful for being able to move around New Zealand, to have holidays within and to be able to be with our families.

Welcome to our new resident Marie Johansen, who we hope will be happy here with us at Brylyn.

We had three birthdays this month, Raymond Matson on 6th, Adrian Ngamotu on the 21st and Ian Birse on the 26th, Happy Birthday to our three gentlemen. Our chef provided a cake from the kitchen for morning tea to share with all the residents.

Raymond and Joyce celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary on the 12th where they shared a cake from our kitchen with everyone. Happy Anniversary to them!

Peter Whalley was in on the 9th to entertain in the morning getting everyone to sing along with him and Happy Hour with snacks and drinks on the 29th with Charlie and Marlene entertaining and again there was good participation from our residents. A good time had by all.

Thank you to our weekend entertainers, Louise, George and Peter.

The bus trip this month was to Lake Karapiro – this was enjoyed by those who went there.

Religious services are held twice a month and a religious discussion in the alternate weeks.

David voluntarily comes in weekly to do quizzes for which we are most grateful.

There are daily exercises and Bingo sessions twice a week, always popular with Ian Birse calling. Thanks again to Ian who is one of our residents.

We have games mornings and walks outside to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.

Keep well everyone, stay safe, until next month,

Regards from Jennifer Slement and all at Brylyn.


December 2020

We hope you have had a wonderful festive season and here’s wishing you all the very best for 2021.

Birthdays for the month of December were for Robert Brough on the 12th, Lindsey Jordan on the 20th and Glenys Alexander on the 21st. A cake was provided from our kitchen for morning tea with all the residents.

Sadly, two of our residents passed away, our condolences go out to the families of Bruce Ogilvie and Lindsey Jordan.

We welcome Lena ‘Billy’ Phillips for a short stay with us.

Christmas decorations went up and on the 4th we took photos of our residents by our new Christmas tree with a copy given out to both residents and family. They are beautiful photos and well done to our caregiver, Vidhi, who did a splendid job!

Peter Whalley was in on the 9th to entertain in the morning getting everyone to sing along with him.

A morning tea was held on the 10th where we thanked our Volunteers and handed out gifts, not forgetting the two doggies that visit our residents, Boomer and Cookie. Some of our residents stood up to say their thanks including one of our Registered Nurses, Thelma. There as a delicious spread afterwards which turned out to be a good social event.

Entertainment with Charlie and Marlene went well on the 11th where they also got residents to join in and sing along. Charlie sang the favourites with some wonderful news songs, ending with a medley of well-known Christmas carols.

The bus trip on the 11th residents went to Palmers Garden Centre Café for coffee and cake and then a walk in the plants garden.

Our new vinyl was installed in the lounge and dining areas on the weekend of the 12th and 13th. This went well. We thank our residents and staff for their patience and understanding with this major disruption. The staff were amazing with serving meals in the rooms and taking extra care of our residents.

Residents went out in the evening on the 17th in two buses to see the Christmas lights. It is wonderful to see the effort that people make to decorate their houses and gardens.

We invited family to come in and join our residents for a shared family lunch. Staff put on a show, dancing to ‘Jingle Bells’ and then showed a video they had made of all the residents doing dance movements to the same song; an occasion enjoyed by all. Well done staff!

On the 24th we had our Christmas Happy Hour with Glen Carley entertaining. Residents were given their Christmas presents and photos from Brylyn by Santa with staff dressing up in ‘mufti.’

We had a special Christmas menu for lunch on Christmas day:

Starter: Italian Antipasto Platter: Prosciutto, Salami, Ham, Blue Cheese, Aged Cheddar Cheese, Brie Cheese, Grapes, Olives and Crackers. Prawn Twisters & Lemon Pepper Squid.

Mains: Roast Lamb with Mint Sauce & Gravy. Roast Turkey with Cranberry Jam. Roasted Vegetables -Baby Potatoes, Golden Kumara and Carrots. Fresh Mini Bread Rolls.

Green Salad – Mesclun, Rocket, Tomato, Capsicum, Alfalfa served with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing.

Dessert: Christmas Pudding and Custard. Mini Lemon Curd Tart. Mini Peach & Passion Fruit Tart.

L & P came in on the 31st to entertain our residents for the last day of the year with some wonderful music and singing.

Our religious service is held twice a month and a religious discussion in the alternate weeks.

David comes in weekly to do quizzes. We have daily exercises and Bingo sessions twice a week which draws a big crowd. There are games mornings and walks in the fresh air and sunshine. Thank you to our weekend entertainer, Louise.

Keep well everyone, until next month

Regards from Jennifer Slement and all at Brylyn.

November 2020

We are well into spring with summer just around the corner and on the countdown to Christmas!

Our Christmas decorations are up making the facility look very festive.

 We welcome our new resident from Christchurch, Ashley Connor, and hope he will be happy here with us. Ashley celebrated his birthday on the 10th with a cake from our kitchen to share with all our residents. Happy Birthday Ashley!

On Friday 13th we had Peter Mudie and his wife in to talk about Bonsai growing where they also displayed some bonsai trees and in the evening the staff celebrated Diwali. We provided Indian food and some staff brought in Indian desserts. There was dancing and the occasion was enjoyed by both residents and staff.

Our surprise lunch on 25th was Kentucky Fried Chicken (Chicken and Chips in individual boxes) and served with rolls, followed by Brandy Snap and Toffee Sauce pudding.

Happy Hour on the 27th was a joyous ‘singalong’ occasion with Tipene while he sang and played his guitar with a good variety of songs.

Some of the residents went for a van drive on 30th to the Jukebox Diner Cafe for coffee and a scone.

Our religious service is held twice a month and a religious discussion in the alternate weeks.

David comes in weekly to do quizzes. We have daily exercises and Bingo sessions twice a week which draws a big crowd now. There are games mornings and walks in the fresh air and sunshine. Our weekend entertainers were Charlie, George, Wendy, Peter and Roy.

Just a friendly note that if you are visiting on the weekend of the 12th and 13th of December, we are having new floor vinyl fitted in the lounge and dining room. There will be major disruptions and noise and no entry around that area. Thank you for understanding while this is being done.

Every year we cook a special Christmas lunch here for our Residents and just a friendly reminder that we will be unable to accommodate any family to join us as the facility is full. Good news though that we are full!

Please can you let us know, once you have made your arrangements, if Mum or Dad will be in or out for lunch on the 25th and what time you will pick them up. Thank you.

Keep well everyone, until next month

Regards from Jennifer Slement and all at Brylyn.

October 2020

We are having such lovely warm spring days, it is certainly good to be out of winter and almost into summer!

This month we celebrated birthdays with a cake from our kitchen for morning tea for Ross Roulston on the 4th and Wayne Rolton on the 23rd – Happy Birthday to both gentlemen.

We say thanks to Len who plays the piano for the hymns in the religious services with Reg and Jan and thanks to David who takes religious service and does a quiz with the residents on alternative weeks.

To make it easier for our residents to vote, the ‘special voting box’ was organised here at the facility during the month which proved to be a success.

Residents loved the bus drive on the 9th out to Woodlands and then to Jasen Park. Our second drive of the month on Friday 30th was out to the Punnet café in Tamahere for coffee.

On the 14th was our surprise meal and this time it was ‘take out’ pizza followed by a delicious fresh fruit salad and cream. This monthly event proves to be popular with our residents and keeps them guessing as to what the meal could be!

Neil Curgenven came in on the 16th and gave an interesting talk about the styles of housing in Hamilton going right back in time to the present day. We will certainly get Neil back at a later stage as he has much more to share on various subjects.

Happy hour was on Friday 30th when we were entertained by Charlie and Marlene – a fun time was had by all.

Bingo remains popular as does the games mornings. Residents are taken outside to enjoy the warm weather days as much as possible. They did a little bit of gardening using the New World miniature potting of the vegetable seeds, had an exercise session outside and went for walks too.

Keep well everyone, until next month

Regards from Jennifer Slement and all at Brylyn.

September 2020

It is just wonderful to be back at level 1.

We are well into the second half of the year and spring is in the air with some wonderful warm days.

This month we celebrated birthdays for Olive Begley on the 14th, Joyce Park on the 18th and Ian Stewart on the 21st with a cake baked in our kitchen - a happy birthday to you all.

On the 1st we had our spring day celebration with everything yellow. For morning tea we had yellow cupcakes, afternoon tea a yellow cake, at lunch there was a yellow dessert, cold drinks, serviettes and placemats! It turned out to be a lovely sunny day too which was a bonus.

We had a Father’s Day event a little earlier on the 3rd where we purchased a special morning tea cake, gave out gift bags with a shower and a shaving gel in each and then for all the residents, a small chocolate. The men all sat together at one table. “Parkie” (Raymond Park) cut the cake. After lunch we had the ‘Father’s Day’ Happy Hour. In all it was a special day.

We have had the religious services resumed with Reg and Jan and with David too, who also does a quiz with the residents.

Tipene entertained at our Happy Hour with his wonderful array of songs. Residents are very happy too to have our weekend entertainers back. On the weekend after lockdown we had George and Roy in to entertain.

The monthly surprise lunch meal was held on the 17th with a meal of pies, chips, peas and gravy. The pies were from Jesters, followed by a new dessert, Banoffee pie. This occasion always goes down well with our ‘family.’

We have introduced a small ‘shopping’ cabinet in the reception area for residents to view and purchase any toiletry items they may need or cold drinks and snacks.

We are getting a good turnout for the Bingo and games mornings, and with some of the lovely winter days we have had the staff  have taken residents outside to enjoy the sunshine - there is nothing like fresh air and feeling the sun on our bodies.

Keep well everyone, until next month

Regards from Jennifer Slement and all at Brylyn.

August 2020

It was so wonderful to have life back to normal even if it was for a short time and to be out of the Covid-19 lockdown. Unfortunately, we are experiencing another lockdown and being a rest home, we have your family and loved ones in our best interest and have therefore stopped all visitors coming in for the present.

We are well into the second half of the year and spring is in the air with some wonderful warm days.

Birthdays this month were for Susan Harvey on the 2nd, Colin Brewer on the 28th and Annette Coombs on the 30th. Happy Birthday to you.

Before the lockdown we had:

Jan and her dog, Macey, from the SPCA, come in for a visit. Residents always love the interaction with the dogs.

We had our religious services and the quizzes with David.

There was entertainment on the weekends by George, Peter and Wendy.

Some of our residents went on the bus outing to Morrinsville on the 7th to spot all the ‘cow’ icons in the streets and to take photos.

The trainee Occupational Therapists were doing well and enjoyed being with our residents, hopefully we can get them back soon.

The surprise lunch meal was on Friday 21st when we had a movie morning to watch “Young at Heart”  followed by Fish, Chips and Salad packed as a ‘take out’ meal in take-away containers followed by an ice cream sundae. Residents were pleasantly surprised and extremely happy not to miss their Friday ‘fish and chips.’

We are getting a good turnout for the Bingo and games mornings, and with some of the lovely winter days we have managed to take some of our residents outside to enjoy the sunshine - well done Mahi.

Keep well and stay safe, until next month

Regards from Jennifer Slement and all at Brylyn.

Updated: 1 Jun 2022

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

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