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Chalmers Home
Rest Home
20 Octavius Place
New Plymouth
New Plymouth 4312
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20 Octavius Place
New Plymouth 4312
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Chalmers Home is a rest home with spark. Residents often tell us they love the friendly, vibrant, and family focused atmosphere, as well as the modern facility. With beautiful views overlooking the Tasman Sea to the west and Mount Taranaki to the east, Chalmers Home has arguably one of the best rest home outlooks in the country.

Chalmers Home offers rest home and hospital level care, as well as short-term respite, health recovery care, and an engaging day programme.

At Enliven, we create age-friendly communities where people are happy and thrive regardless of their age or ability. As well as providing day-to-day support and clinical care, we take into account the physical, social, emotional, and cultural needs of each person we support.

Our elder-directed philosophy means we put residents at the heart of everything we do. When you or your loved one moves into an Enliven home, you’re joining a unique and special community. This means we work to ensure the elders of Chalmers Home have companionship, variety and spontaneity, fun, meaningful activity, and purpose in their lives. It ensures that elders are involved in decisions that relate to both their personal wellbeing and what happens at their home.

Our staff are not only highly trained, they’re also friendly, caring and embrace our elder-directed philosophy of care. Our nurses are on-duty 24-hours-a-day and the doctor also visits regularly. We are in regular contact with residents to ensure all clinical needs are met.

As an Enliven home, we’re proud to be more than just ‘family friendly’. At Chalmers Home, your family is part of our family, which means you’ll find there are no set visiting times. After all, family, friends, and the community play a big part in life here.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with Te Whatu OraYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 4 Nov 2022
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Detail Status
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 54
Vacancy Yes
Impending vacancy No
Short stay considered Yes
Premium Accommodation Charges Some Rooms from $22.00/day up to $37.00/day as at 29 May 2024
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: 29 May 2024
Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse Yes A registered nurse is on duty 24 hrs per day
Enrolled Nurse Yes Enrolled nurses are part of our care team.
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers Yes
Physiotherapist Yes If required we can arrange this service. Contracted physiotherapist provide manual handling training to all staff every 6 months.
Occupational Therapist Negotiable
Diversional Therapist Yes The full time diversional therapist offers a varied and stimulating programme.
Activities Co-ordinator Yes
Hairdresser Yes Weekly hairdressing services available in the salon
Podiatrist Yes Services available on GP referral. Regular podiatry care provided by designated registered nurse
Dietitian Yes Menus developed by dietician and reviewed every 6 months. Individual dietary advice sought as required.
Accredited Visitors Yes Friends Plus, Aged Concern, Stroke Foundation, Blind Foundation, RSA, and members of relevant organisations visit regularly
Kaumatua Yes
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes In house chaplain provides ecumenical support. All church denominations are welcome and a number provide regular services.
Other Personnel Yes We are well supported by a committed team of volunteers
Updated: 4 Nov 2022
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 All staff are trained in palliative care in close liason with Taranaki Hospice.
Dialysis Yes Close liaison with Taranaki Base Hospital renal unit.
Wound Care Yes
Diabetic Care Yes
Continence Advice Yes
Stomal Therapy Yes
Stroke Rehabilitation Yes Close Liaison with A T & R Unit Taranaki Base Hospital.
Tracheotomy Care Yes
Spinal Injuries Care Yes Available if required.
Infection Control Yes
Surgical Followup Yes
Psychiatric Care Yes Close liaison with Taranaki Base Hospital psychogeriatric team.
Clinical Management Yes
Updated: 4 Nov 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
Carer Support Yes
Subsidised Yes
Private Paying Yes
Updated: 4 Nov 2022
Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes The modern rooms can be furnished, but residents are invited to make the space their own. You can bring along your own familiar furniture and furnishings. Many residents bring along photos, artwork, ornaments, furniture and bed covers.
Single Rooms Yes
Rooms suitable for a couple No We welcome couples at Chalmers Home, talk to us about the options available.
Ensuite Yes Some rooms
Alcohol Permitted Yes
Pets In Residence Yes Some pets belong to the home and residents have chosen to look after them. Our central courtyard bird aviary is a favourite. Other pets have moved in with their owners.
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes We understand that pets are part of the family too. Talk to us about your pet moving into the home with you – pets are usually welcomed with open arms as long as they get on with other people and animals.
Phone Access In Own Room Yes
Wifi Yes
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes
Cater for under 65 yrs with Disability Yes Brightwater Home has a contract to provide this service if you are under 65 years.
Lounges/seating areas Yes Residents enjoy the community feel, shared lounges, entertaining areas and garden couryards.
Primary Health Funded Short Term Care Yes In association with DHB and NASC agency.
Palliative Care Contract Yes Our registered nurses provide palliative care with involvement from the Te Rangimarie Hospice – New Plymouth.
Day Programme for day stay clients Yes Offered five days a week with a lunchtime meal and transport provided.
Outings Yes
Whānau Room Yes Family and whanau are welcome to join residents in the lounges and courtyard gardens. We also have a Whanau Room that can be booked for overnight stays (for a small fee). This is great for out-of-town visitors!
Māori Kaupapa Yes
Residents Committee Yes Meets every two months with an independent advocate and Chalmers Home manager.
Newsletter Yes
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Confused Residents Yes
Rural Setting No Beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and Mt Taranaki (Egmont).
Smokers Room Yes
Smoking Permitted Yes
Semi-Secure Yes
Updated: 4 Nov 2022
Special Features
Special Features
Eden Alternative- a philosophy of care

We have adopted the Eden Alternative at Chalmers Home, which means we work to create vibrant living and work environments for our residents. We encourage residents to maintain their own routines and continue with hobbies and interests. Residents' pets, the presence of children, plenty of plants and gardens and a high level of local community involvement is a part of our Homes' everyday life.
Updated: 4 Nov 2022
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
A highlight for many residents is the social life and companionship at Chalmers Home. As well as enjoying the company of others at a similar stage of life, Chalmers Home residents get involved in organising daily happenings and special events – making the most of the varied social calendar.

We have a wide range of interest groups. Regular activities and events include sight-seeing trips, a men’s shed, guest entertainers, craft, themed parties and gardening.

Many interests and activities are catered for. Depending on resident interest, this may include:
, Activity programme, Advocate, Art, BBQ, Big print books, Bingo, Board games, Bowls, Breakfast in bed, Bridge, Canine friends, Cards, Care and Craft, Children, Church, Classical Music, Concerts, Cooking, Craft, Dancing, Email, Entertainers, Entertainment, Exercises, Fax, Flower arranging, Games, Garden, Gardening, Happy Hour, Holidays, Housie, Indoor Games, Jigsaw, Library, Lions, Mah Jong, Men, Minibus, Minigolf, Movies, Music, Newspaper reading, Organ, Outings, Pastoral care, Pianist, Picnic facilities, Quizzes, Reading, Shopping, Sing-a-longs, Singing, Sky TV, Travel, Videos
Updated: 18 Jul 2016
Additional Information
Additional Information
Topic Details
Staffing qualifications and details We have a strong emphasis on continuing education. Low staff turnover indicates a commitment to the wellbeing of our clients.
Details about meals Each day we provide our residents their breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snacks. We’ll make sure you always have plenty of delicious food to enjoy. Our menus are co-designed by a dietician and chef to ensure there is plenty of diversity and that your meals are nutritious and satisfying, made right on-site. We encourage you to enjoy your meals in the dining room with your friends. Morning and afternoon tea is served around the home and snacks and fruit are always available in the dining room or kitchenettes.
Updated: 22 Jul 2016
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
English Yes
Other Information Yes We can arrange family, friends, volunteers or interpreters for other languages.
Updated: 18 Jul 2016
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Anglican Yes
Baptist Yes
Christian Yes
Denominations/Faiths represented Yes
Inter denominational Yes
Methodist Yes
Non denominational Yes
Presbyterian Yes
(Other comments) Yes Chalmers Home welcomes people of all religious backgrounds and assists residents in making arrangements for worship
Updated: 12 Jul 2016
Location Distance Details
Public Transport Close to Chalmers Home's central location
Mall 1.20 Km We are a 3 minute drive/15 min walk to the centre of town.
Parks We are right around the corner from the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway.
Library A library bus visits outside of the home each fortnight. The central library is a short distance away.
Updated: 18 Jul 2016
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
National Certificate in Diversional Therapy Yes
Aged Care Association New Zealand (ACA) Yes
New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) Yes
Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA) Yes
Spark of Life Yes
The Eden Alternative Yes Chalmers Home has adopted the Eden Alternative. Working to create vibrant living for our residents. Pets, the presence of children, plenty of plants and gardens and a high level of local community involvement is a part of our Homes' everyday life.
Other details Yes QPS Benchmarking
Aged Care Association New Zealand (ACA) Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA)
Updated: 4 Nov 2022

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