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Lara Lodge Care Home

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Lara Lodge Care Home
Rest Home
Lara Lodge
4 Pegasus Drive
Rotorua 3015
Postal Address
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Teresa Scheer
Walter & Teresa Scheer - (07) 3477604
Communications/Team Leader
Teresa Scheer - (07) 3477604
Clinical Lead RN
Loren Willets - (07) 3477604
EN and Administration
Mellisa TeRauna - (07) 3477604
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Lara Lodge Care Home is somewhat unique having operated in Rotorua for 40 years maintaining the tradition of being family owned and operated. We embrace the fundamentals of the founding vision to offer a holistic quality of care and retain a persons comfort in a friendly, welcoming family style environment.
The size and layout of the home ensures that there is space to maintain shared and individual times with ease. The welcome begins in the colourful garden as you approach the front door and then walk into the central lounge. Here (or in the music or activities lounges) you will often find folk gathered to enjoy shared memories, games, exercises or the listening of a great story.
The enjoyment of art, crafts, music, gardens, food appreciation, health based activities, companionship and conversation is evident and events, special days and individuals are celebrated at Lara Lodge.
Excellence of care is paramount to the dedicated team that work together to ensure that individual needs are taken care of 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in a well maintained, serviced and compliant Home.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Detail Status
Contract with Te Whatu Ora Yes
Certification Yes
ORA Applies No

Updated: 29 Mar 2022

Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Detail Status
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 22
Vacancy Yes
Larger than standard, warm rooms that have a lovely outlook. Close to the main & music lounge, dining room & delightful north-facing deck area.
Impending vacancy No - Deck and garden views
Short stay considered Yes
Premium Accommodation Charges Yes from $5.00/day up to $20.00/day as at 28 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: 13 Jun 2024

Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse 40+ Yes Our Clinical Lead is our NZ trained and long time experienced Loren who works Monday through Thursday. RN shares the on call 7 days per week .
Nurse Practitioner Negotiable She can be arranged as
Enrolled Nurse 32+ Yes Marvelous Mellisa
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers 24/7 Yes
Physiotherapist Negotiable A Physiotherapist can be arranged to visit, as required.
Occupational Therapist Negotiable An Occupational Therapist can be arranged to visit, as required.
Social Worker (on site) Negotiable As required
Diversional Therapist Yes Angela is qualified and has many years experience. We count ourselves fortunate to work together.
Activities Co-ordinator 5-7 days per week Yes We have a well co-ordinated activity schedule that is flexible led by Angela, Tiv and Mandy. On an individual & group basis there are exercises, activities, quizzes, games, entertainment in house. Outings can be arranged for groups and individuals.
Hairdresser Yes We have a fabulous stylist who offer a wide range of services at very reasonable prices.
Podiatrist Yes A registered Podiatrist has a regular clinc here at Lara Lodge
Dietitian Yes We work in conjuncttion with DietRite NZ. Our Chef Philip and his team ensure that meals are nutricious, balanced and meet dietary requirements. Meal alternatives are available for those with specific dietary needs or preferences.
Accredited Visitors Yes As required and as available.
Kaumatua Yes As required
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes Monthly interdominational service held at Lara. Visits from clergy from various denominations are welcomed.
Other Personnel Yes A variety of community groups as well as entertainers visit regularly

Updated: 28 May 2024

Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise Status Details
Oxygen Management Yes Our Nurses providing cover 24 hours/7days a week who can oversee administration of oxygen
Palliative Care (Contracted) Yes We work together with Hospice and clinicians to provide the best possible end of life care.
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes Our caring team are Palliative trained through the service offered at our local hospice whom we are so fortunate to have here in Rotorua. We appreciate that family and friends will want to share as much time as possible with their loved one and we will do our best to make sure that you have the access, time, privacy, comfort and refreshments to do so.
Wound Care Yes Our Registered Nurses have a comprehensive knowledge of wound care and liaise with Wound Care Specialists and Doctors
Diabetic Care Yes Our diabetic residents are monitored closely and treatment given as prescribed by experienced nursing staff.
Continence Advice Yes We have access to a Continence Advisor through Lakes DHB and daily management by Registed Nurses
Stomal Therapy Yes We have access to a Lakes District Health Board Stoma Therapist who works alongside the registered nurses at Lara Lodge to maintain optimal care.
Stroke Rehabilitation Yes Yes, and we have access to the Stroke Foundation specialist.
ACC Rehabilitation Yes
Infection Control Yes Staff receive regular training in infection control as it is a high priority at Lara Lodge. Our high standards are maintained through regular auditing processes and Quality Assurance programmes.
Surgical Followup Yes We welcome patients requiring convelescance following surgery.
Psychiatric Care Yes We have an excellent relationship with the Community Mental Health Team who are superb at what they offer.
Community Health Yes We work with community groups such as Alzheimers Society, Parkinsons, Diabetic, Stroke, RSA, Hospice, District Nursing, Arthritis Society, Blind Foundation,
Clinical Management Yes We have a full time Clinical Lead RN along with an EN who work closely with the Owner/Directror.
Other Specialties Yes We work closely with clinicians and specialist nurses in general practice and through TeWhatuOra Lakes. Appointments with alternative, cultural and spiritual therapists are encouraged.

Updated: 28 May 2024

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 When we have the beds available.
Carer Support Yes
Other Short Stay Programme Yes As we are able
High Care Needs Yes
Subsidised Yes
Private Paying Yes
Booking can be made in advance Yes When available to do so.

Updated: 29 Mar 2022

Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes Yes! We encourage folk to bring the things that matter to them - this includes furniture and personal items like your family photos, books, albums etc
Single Rooms Yes
Shared Rooms No However if our larger rooms were available and siblings, friends or a couple wanted to share, the opportunity would be available to do so.
Rooms suitable for a couple Yes Three large bedrooms are suitable for couples.
Ensuite Yes Most rooms have an en-suite with hand basin and toilet. There are three shower areas throughout the complex.
Alcohol Permitted Yes Yes. Plus we we are able to we have a have a "happy hour" type of gathering with music and or entertainment while finger food plus various beverages are served.
Pets In Residence Yes We have 1 resident cat who came and made Lara her home - Millie.
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes We welcome discussions regarding the possibility of bringing your own pet from home
Phone Access In Own Room Yes A phone is available in the entrance lounge. A wireless phone can be installed in your room, please speak Staff about this.
Wifi Yes Yes Wifi is available please discuss with Staff.
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes Assistance can be given if required to do this.
Cater for under 65 yrs with Disability Yes We welcome all enquiries.
Lounges/seating areas Yes We have 3 lounge areas. The welcoming entrance lounge is comfortable and has plenty of room plus it opens out to the extensive rear north facing decking with views to the rear gardens. The TV lounge is the perfect size for afternoon floor games like carpet bowls and group sing-a-longs. The activities lounge is set up for board games, art, story time, chess , puzzles......
Primary Health Funded Short Term Care Yes We work in with community based agencies, providing short term care following discharge from hospital, prior to returning home
Provide End of Life/Palliative Care Yes We provide palliative care with the support of Hospice
Palliative Care Contract Yes
Day Programme for day stay clients Yes We welcome all enquiries.
Outings Yes The current covid restrictions have altered our outings somewhat but when possible we enjoy the scenic drives through and around the spectacular Rotorua. Outings to specific events whenever possible. Family and friends are encouraged to take loved ones out as regularly as possible.
Whānau Room Yes We can make the west wing lounge available for family to gather. Although we do not have a specific room available, arrangements can be made with management to accommodate Whanau if they wish to stay.
Māori Kaupapa Yes
Residents Committee Yes There is a monthly resident meeting. We encourage and value feedback from Residents on all issues. Minutes are typed and distributed.
Family Committee No We connect through regular email updates, phone calls and face to face . We have an 'open door' (even if this is on line) policy that encourages family/whanau to approach management regarding concerns at any time.
Newsletter Yes We have connected more through regular updates.
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes Please see Greeshma for details relating to this policy.
Confused Residents Yes
Smokers Room No We are governed by the Rotorua Lakes Council and DHB Non Smoking Policies.
Semi-Secure Yes An alarm system has been installed to alert staff when exit doors have been opened. We have access to tracking devices if required which are monitored by the Police.

Updated: 29 Mar 2022

Special Features
Special Features
Originally Lara Lodge was set up to create a home for the Elderly that was a "real home". This is the same vision we carry through with today. On arrival, a visitor may be momentarily taken aback as the front outside area looks just like an ordinary home in a lovely neighbourhood. (And we really do have really lovely neighbours!) In fact we are a large residential Home in the circle of the quiet cul-de-sac area of Pegasus Drive.

From the delightful entry, to the comfortable luxury of three lounges, classy dining room and super sized bedrooms the impression is one of large colonial style family home with 'old world' features.

The large north facing deck which is sheltered from the prevailing wind is entered from either the main entrance lounge or West Wing lounge looks out to the delightful grounds that give a colourful display come Spring, Summer and Autumn while Winter sees the Camelias, Cyclamens, Helloborus and Rhododendrons in bloom.

Our bedrooms enjoy a scenic outlook; some have their own private balconies. The most striking impression is the size and the individual style of each room (these are upgraded and redecorated as needed). Most have their own basin/toilet bathroom and the bedroom is spacious enough to have a comfortable recliner which means that residents can feel cosy in the privacy of their own rooms. Added to this each person knows that immediate attention can be obtained by the push of a button away using the call bell system.

A resident's telephone is available for general use in the main lounge. For a small additional cost you may wish for us to arrange your own private phone line and or internet connection.
And of course you may also wish to arrange for Sky installation to be installed on your own Television in your bedroom.

Meals: All are cooked in our kitchen and we have the added benefit of our Resident chef Greg and the kitchen team. who works Baking is regularly done with a variety of yummy delights being produced by competant cooks.

Celebrating events is a part of life at Lara Lodge and we enjoy special occassions together such as Mid-winter Christmas, Easter Sunday, Valentines, Christmas, birthdays, staff achievements.

Updated: 29 Mar 2022

Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Age Concern, Large print books, Bingo, Board Games, Bowls, Breakfast in bed, Bridge, Cards, Concerts, Entertainment, Exercises, Games, Beautiful landscaped Gardens, Happy Hour, Indoor Games, Inter Residential Competitions, Access to Mobile Library, Music, Outings, Pianist, Religious Services, Quizzes, Sing-a-longs, Videos, Art, Children visiting, , Craft, Email, Fax, Games, Garden, Jigsaw, Mah Jong, Movies, Activity programme

Updated: 29 Jun 2017

Additional Information
Additional Information
Topic Details
What's included in your fees and what's not If you would like to know more about our Fee details, please feel free to contact us on 07 347 7604
Staffing qualifications and details Staff are trained to a high standard, with ongoing in house education. Staff are committed to providing a safe and caring environment. A Registered Nurse is available 24 hours/7 days a week. Routine monthly visits by doctors or more frequently as required.
Details about meals Meals and baking are prepared in our Kitchen. The menu is varied and is audited regularly by our resident Chef. We ensure that meals are balanced and nutritious and not simply a repeat each 4 weeks. Special dietary requirements are available on request.
Internet access Is available

Updated: 29 Mar 2022

Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
Afrikaans Yes
Dutch Yes
English Yes
Fijian No Resident
Fijian Indian Yes
Filipino Yes
French Yes
German Yes
Gujarati Yes
Hindi Yes
Interpreter Yes Interpreters for Resdidents and their Families are supported.
Māori - Te Reo Yes
Nepali Yes
Samoan Yes
Tagalog Yes
Other Details Yes Kiribati

Updated: 28 May 2024

Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Anglican Yes
Baptist Yes
Brethren Yes
Christian Yes
Denominations/Faiths represented Yes Anglican, Presbyterian and Roman Catholic clergy visit regularly.
Evangelical Yes
Hindu Yes
Inter denominational Yes
Non denominational Yes
Roman Catholic Yes
Seventh Day Adventist Yes
(Other comments) Yes All are welcome whether you have a religious affiliation or not. Pleae feel free to discuss this.

Updated: 29 Mar 2022

Location Distance Details
Public Transport 0.50 Km The City Ride bus service is currently running and stops are on Pegasus and Orion Street. The bus service is not available in the evenings.
Shops 1.50 Km The local dairy is approx 1.5km from Lara on Pandora Ave. Further along is the Westend shopping centre and New World Supermarket. The town centre is 7 mins away by car.
Mall 3.00 Km Rotorua Central Mall.
Parks 3.00 Km The world famous (and very beautiful) Government Gardens. Several Rose garden parks. Kuirau Park which has the Saturday morning markets. Rotorua Lake Front.
Library 3.00 Km We can arrange a trip to the library. Plus we have a selection of books. Arrangements for talking books, movies etc can be made for your enjoyment.

Updated: 29 Mar 2022

Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
Care Association New Zealand Yes
Village Registration not Required Yes
Other details Yes We are what is known as a stand alone aged residential care facility contracted to provide care to both seniors and younger folk with disability.
Care Association New Zealand

Updated: 29 Mar 2022

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