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Karina Lifecare
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15 Karina Terrace
Palmerston North 4414
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Make your home at Karina Lifecare

When it comes to everyday life, Karina makes it easy with personalised rest home, day and respite care. The well-appointed rooms all look out onto sheltered courtyards or landscaped gardens and come complete with a 24-hour call bell system and WiFi.

Part of the close-knit Palmerston North community, Karina enjoys a view of the Tararua Ranges, just a hop, skip and jump from
the Terrace End shopping centre where you’ll find all the essentials including a pharmacy. Just a few minutes from there and
you’re in the heart of Palmerston North.

We offer everything from podiatry to appointment transportation, SKY TV, church services and hairdressing. We have a range of recreational activities including happy hour, gardening, arts and crafts, indoor bowls and live entertainment. Our facility van is also always on hand for outings.

But don’t just take our word for it, see what our resident Lizzie has to say ...

Originally from the Waikato, Lizzie has been a resident at Karina for over 11 years. She is known as the creative mind of Karina and her eyes always light up whenever you mention anything to do with art.

When she first arrived at Karina, Lizzie had some arthritic pain in her hands. Her doctor suggested taking up colouring to keep her fingers and wrists mobile. Lizzie did not intend to enjoy it as much as she does now. Sometimes you will find her still colouring away at 3am! She feels her hands are a lot better because of it.

Lizzie even has a book dedicated to taking orders for her colouring artwork. The elephant and teapot are amongst the most popular ones with the Karina residents. She also makes handicrafts such as glass holders and handmade cards, and also likes to collect stickers too.

A better everyday to Lizzie is the special bonds she holds with some of the staff at Karina, Ali being one of them. “Whenever Ali comes in to do her night shift, we’re always catching up and chatting away. Litty who has only just recently joined Karina is a very sweet girl, very caring. Sharon and Karen are also very good too. I am just really happy here.”
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 27 Oct 2016
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 37
Vacancy No
Impending vacancy No
Premium Room Charges No
MOH Certification and Audit Report View MOH certification and audit report (opens in a new tab)
Extra admission requirements due to COVID-19 Unknown
Updated: 11 Aug 2022
Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse Yes On site 5 - 6 days per week and on call at all times.
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers Yes 24 hour caregiver cover. Our Caregivers are highly experienced and work towards achieving NZQA qualifications in residential aged care. They are skilled to provide the best care for our residents.
Physiotherapist Negotiable
Occupational Therapist Negotiable
Diversional Therapist Yes We have a Activities Co-ordinator who works 5 days per week 9.30am - 4pm including weekends.
Activities Co-ordinator Yes This role is performed by the Activities Co-ordinator.
Hairdresser Yes
Podiatrist Yes
Dietitian Yes
Kaumatua Yes We endeavour to assist residents to maintain any cultural ties they may have in the community before coming to Karina.
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes A Chaplain is available, and various religious groups can be arranged to visit to provide services for all of our residents.
Other Personnel Yes Karina Lifecare is proud of its wonderful support staff which make it a lovely, warm and family orientated facility. Additionally, other services are provided, such as email assistance, appointment transportation, speech therapy, and interpreter services. We are able to arrange for our residents if required.
Updated: 6 Nov 2019
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise Status Details
Oxygen Management Yes
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes
Wound Care Yes
Diabetic Care Yes
Infection Control Yes
Surgical Followup Yes
Community Health Yes
Clinical Management Yes
Other Specialties Yes
Updated: 27 Oct 2016
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 Karina Lifecare has one dedicated respite bed
Carer Support Yes
Subsidised Yes
Private Paying Yes
Booking can be made in advance Yes
Updated: 27 Oct 2016
Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes Rooms are fully furnished and we encourage residents to bring some of your own furniture, to make it feel more like home.
Single Rooms Yes Ample room space with a 24-hour nurse call system, TV outlets, safety grab rails and vanity units.
Rooms suitable for a couple Yes Depending on Occupancy, Double rooms are available for couples.
Ensuite Yes Some rooms are available with Toilet and Vanity ensuites.
Alcohol Permitted Yes
Pets In Residence Yes
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes We are happy to discuss options for your pets.
Phone Access In Own Room Yes
Wifi Yes Available for residents.
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes
Cater for under 65 yrs with Disability Yes We welcome any enquiries for Day Care, Respite and long-term Care.
Lounges/seating areas Yes Three communal lounges are available, equipped with comfortable seating, a stereo system and televisions with Freeview TV, Sky TV, and DVD players. The area is large enough for residents to run meetings, invite guests and partake in a variety of organised functions.
Gay / LGBT IQ Friendly Yes A no discrimination policy is in place to provide a friendly and caring space for residents.
Day Programme for day stay clients Yes All Day Care enquiries are welcomed. A full Activities program runs Monday - Friday to participate in.
Outings Yes As part of the activities programme, regular weekly trips are provided to the local community. These can include shopping, sightseeing and picnics.
Whanau Room Yes Separate whanau/family room with adjoining kitchen, affording privacy and comfort.
Maori Kaupapa Yes
Newsletter Yes
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes Our staff are trained to recognise and manage a range of behaviours that residents may have.
Confused Residents Yes Our staff are trained to recognise and manage a range of behaviours that residents may have. This may include residents who become confused.
Rural Setting No We have beautiful views of the Tararua Ranges from most rooms.
Smoking Permitted Yes Only outside in court yard.
Updated: 16 Nov 2018
Special Features
Special Features
Karina Lifecare Complex offers all the benefits of a care facility, including entertainment, activities and companionship. The site provides paraplegic toilets and separate dining room and lounge facilities. The facility is fitted with accessibility ramps and safety grab rails, wide corridors, and smoke detectors with water sprinklers.

Situated in the peaceful Timaru, Karina boasts magnificent landscaped rose and vegetable gardens, with a BBQ area and a courtyard for quiet and peaceful sitting and relaxing. We take pride in being warm and friendly and have become renowned for our cheerful atmosphere.
Updated: 16 Nov 2018
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Karina has an extensive repertoire of activities and events, aimed at keeping the body and mind stimulated. A weekly planner is drawn up by the Recreation Officer informing each resident of up-coming activities and events, focusing on designing programmes for each individual at all levels of disability, to promote independence and creative expression.

Large print books and Blind Foundation listening books form part of our library service and we also rent DVDs or videos. Entertainers form a regular part of our programme. A piano, pool table and Sky TV is also available in the main lounges.

Here are just some of the activities and interests of residents which arise on a regular basis:

Regular church services, one to one shopping, one to one therapy, special catered events (eg birthdays, anniversaries, special celebrations). Board Games, Cooking, Crosswords & Quizzes, Gardening, Indoor Bowls, Movies, Crafts, Music, Parties, Happy Hour, Newspaper Reading.

There is also active involvement in community organizations, such as All Saints Friendship Centre and the RSA. Outings are an ongoing part of the activities programme and often include stopping somewhere for coffee.
Updated: 16 Nov 2018
Additional Information
Additional Information
Topic Details
What's included in your fees and what's not Please see the Business Manager for details.
Staffing qualifications and details Our staff are one of the greatest assets of our home. Almost all are long serving members. Our staff enjoy being part of a team and know that they can rely on one another as everyone willingly lends a hand to their colleagues when necessary. Some staff choose to come in their own time to take residents on outings. This says a lot about the rapport between staff and residents and for the dedication of staff.
Details about meals We provide good, old fashioned home cooking and baking. All our menus have been approved by a qualified dietician and special diets can easily be catered for. The following can be typically found on the menu: Breakfast: fruit, porridge, weetbix, cornflakes, toast tea, coffee or milo. Lunch: corned beef, steak casserole, mince, sweet & sour pork, fish pie, roast (every Sunday). All served with fresh vegetables, potato rice and more. Desserts: Fresh fruit salad & cream, chocolate self saucing pudding, cheesecake, bread and butter pudding, rice pudding and more. Tea: macaroni cheese, ham chips and salad, homemade soup and sandwiches, salmon mornay, bread and butter, fresh fruit and more. Morning and Afternoon tea: home baking, sandwiches etc.
Updated: 27 Oct 2016
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
English Yes
Updated: 27 Oct 2016
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Anglican Yes Service on First Thursday of every month
Baptist Yes
Brethren Yes
Christian Yes
Denominations/Faiths represented Yes We are able to accommodate our residents' spiritual needs as requested. A spiritual advisor, chaplaincy and church services are available.
Hindu Yes
Inter denominational Yes
Methodist Yes
Non denominational Yes
Presbyterian Yes
Roman Catholic Yes Weekly on Fridays
Salvation Army Yes
Updated: 16 Nov 2018
Location Distance Details
Shops 0.80 Km Local Shops and Post Office
Mall 1.00 Km City Centre
Parks 0.20 Km We are located just around the corner from Memorial Park, Skating Rink and Cycle Track
Library 1.00 Km City Centre
Updated: 27 Oct 2016
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
Approved provider of Professional Development and Recognition Programme Yes
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Yes
Approved provider of Professional Development and Recognition Programme New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA)
Updated: 27 Oct 2016

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