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Kowhainui Home

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Vacancy
No
Name
Kowhainui Home
Category
Rest Home
Address
88 Virginia Road
Otamatea
Wanganui 4500
Postal Address
88 Virginia Road
Otamatea
Whanganui 4500
Region
Whanganui
Phone
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Email
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Web
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Facebook
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Personnel
Manager
Trish Boswell - 06 349 1400
Owner
Presbyterian Support Central - 04 439 4900
Other services
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The atmosphere at Enliven’s Kowhainui Home is bright and easy-going; the people are caring and welcoming. Situated on lovely grounds, this modern, purpose-built facility is a well-known local icon.

Kowhainui Home offers rest home and hospital care, as well as short-term respite, health recovery, 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 Kowhainui 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 Kowhainui 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
DetailStatus
Contract with Te Whatu OraYes
CertificationYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 14 Nov 2022
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Detail Status
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 40
Vacancy No
Kowhainui is a very popular facility and demand for beds is very strong. We have a no-obligation waiting list and we recommend that interested parties register their details with us.
Impending vacancy No
Short stay considered Yes
Premium Accommodation Charges Some Rooms from $8.00/day up to $25.00/day as at 10 Apr 2024
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: 18 Apr 2024
Testimonials
Testimonials
There are many reasons why people enjoy living at Enliven’s Kowhainui Home. We asked some of the residents that live there what they like the most about their home.

“I fit in right from the start. They make you feel so welcome here. They meet you with a lovely smile and you become one of the family.”
– Gwen, resident.

“They’re very accommodating. I don’t think you could get any better.”
– George, resident.

“They’re a great crowd here and we have a lot of fun.”
– Val, resident.
Updated: 14 Nov 2022
Personnel
Personnel
Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse Yes Nurses are on duty in the Hospital 24/7 and also provide services to Rest Home residents when needed
Enrolled Nurse Yes
Physiotherapist Negotiable Visits when required
Occupational Therapist Negotiable Visits when required
Social Worker (on site) Negotiable Family Works Whanganui, also run by Presbyterian Support Central, are able to provide counselling services if needed
Diversional Therapist Yes
Activities Co-ordinator Yes
Hairdresser Yes The salon is open 3 days per week
Podiatrist Negotiable Visits when required
Dietitian Yes We contract a dietitian to oversee all of the menus
Accredited Visitors Yes Independent advocates for each part of the service
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes
Updated: 14 Nov 2022
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise Status Details
Oxygen Management Yes
Wound Care Yes
Continence Advice Yes Available from the DHB
Infection Control Yes
Clinical Management Yes Full time Care Managers in both Rest Home and Hospital
Updated: 14 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: 14 Nov 2022
Features
Features
Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes The 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 Kowhainui Home, talk to us about the options available.
Ensuite Yes
Alcohol Permitted Yes
Pets In Residence Yes Some pets belong to the home and residents have chosen to look after them. 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 Residents can arrange to have a phone connected in their rooms
Lounges/seating areas Yes Residents enjoy the community feel, shared lounges, entertaining areas and gardens/courtyards.
Day Programme for day stay clients Yes
Outings Yes
Newsletter Yes
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Rural Setting Yes
Smokers Room Yes
Smoking Permitted Yes In designated areas
Updated: 14 Nov 2022
Special Features
Special Features
Eden Alternative- a philosophy of care

We have adopted the Eden Alternative at Kowhainui 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: 14 Nov 2022
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
A highlight for many residents is the social life and companionship at Kowhainui Home. As well as enjoying the company of others at a similar stage of life, Kowhainui 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, guest entertainers, craft, themed parties and gardening.

Activity and interest groups and programmes are tailored to the interests of residents. This may include: Activity programme, Age Concern, Alzheimer's Society, Aromatherapy, Art, BBQ, Big print books, Bingo, Board games, Bowls, Bridge, Canine friends, Cards, Chapel, Children, Church, Classical Music, Concerts, Cooking, Craft, Dancing, Email, Entertainers, Entertainment, Exercises, Flower arranging, Games, Garden, Gardening, Golden Oldies, Greypower, Happy Hour, Holidays, Housie, , Internet, Jigsaw, Lectures, Library, Lotto, Mah Jong, Massage, Men, Minibus, Movies, Music, Newspaper reading, Outings, Park, Parties, Petanque, Probus, Quizzes, Reading, Roses, RSA, Senior Citizens, Shopping, Sing-a-longs, Singing, Sky TV, Videos, Views
Updated: 14 Nov 2022
Additional Information
Additional Information
Topic Details
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.
Associated Complexes Abingdon Retirement Village and Kowhainui Retirement Village
Updated: 14 Nov 2022
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
English Yes
Interpreter Yes Can be arranged if required
Updated: 14 Nov 2022
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Presbyterian Yes
(Other comments) Yes Kowhainui Home welcomes people of all religious backgrounds and assists residents in making arrangements for worship
Updated: 14 Nov 2022
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 Kowhainui 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: 14 Nov 2022

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