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tarahill Resthome
5 Golf Road
Te Awamutu
Te Awamutu 3800
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Heather Lydford - 07 871 3672
Heather & Gordon Lydford - 0272913952

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Tarahill Resthome attained 4 years M.O.H Certification.
We aim at providing personalized care within our close knit, family orientated home with 19 beds.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 4 Apr 2013
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 17
Vacancy Yes
2 x single rooms
Impending vacancy No
Premium Room Charges Some Rooms from $0.00/day up to $0.00/day as at 21 Apr 2022
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: 24 Jun 2022
Tarahill gained 4 years Certification this month - my team has been instrumental in gaining this & I thank them for their support
Updated: 23 Nov 2018
Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse Yes
Nurse Practitioner Yes
Enrolled Nurse Yes
Physiotherapist Yes
Occupational Therapist Yes
Social Worker (on site) Negotiable
Diversional Therapist Yes
Activities Co-ordinator Yes
Hairdresser Yes
Podiatrist Yes
Dietitian Yes
Accredited Visitors Yes
Kaumatua Negotiable
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Negotiable
Updated: 29 Oct 2006
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
Continence Advice Yes
Infection Control Yes
Surgical Followup Yes
Psychiatric Care Yes
Clinical Management Yes
Updated: 29 Oct 2006
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 do provide Respite care if & when beds are available
Carer Support Yes We do provide Carer support if & when beds are available
Subsidised Yes
Private Paying Yes
Booking can be made in advance Yes
Updated: 20 Mar 2013
Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes
Single Rooms Yes
Alcohol Permitted Yes
Pets In Residence Yes
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes
Phone Access In Own Room Yes
Lounges/seating areas Yes
Outings Yes
Newsletter Yes
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Confused Residents Yes
Rural Setting Yes
Smoking Permitted Yes
Semi-Secure Yes
Updated: 15 Oct 2020
Special Features
Special Features
Tarahill Resthome was named after the ‘Hill of Tara’ in Ireland where the ancient Kings of Ireland were crowned.

Tarahill was built in 1986, and is a level north facing home that gets the all day sun, looking across Te Awamutu - the proprietors living quarters are attached and Tarahill is 2 kilometres south of Te Awamutu. The grounds at Tarahill are expansive with good "off road" parking available.

Tarahill Resthome is privately owned by Heather and Gordon Lydford - Heather has been Nurse Manager at Tarahill since 1996. Tarahill had its Certification audit in October 2018 & notified that we gained 4 years Certification.

Residents hold monthly meetings and are actively involved with the planning of meals/menus - our main meal is at night which the residents vote on monthly - they want it this way as it is their "home". There are various planned activities & outings into the community if the residents wish to attend - their choice.

Staff training is held monthly, covering all aspects of aged care & to maintain the comfort & safety of our residents. All Full shift staff are competent with First Aid & Medi Map Medication administration.

We are here to help you and your family and look forward to caring and sharing the experience with you all.
Updated: 23 Nov 2018
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Activity programme, Advocate, Age Concern, Alzheimer's Society, Aromatherapy, Arthritis society, BBQ, Big print books, , Bingo, Blind Foundation, Board games, Bowls, Breakfast in bed, Bridge, Canine friends, Cards, Care and Craft, Casino, Children, Church, Classical Music, Concerts, Craft, Entertainment, Exercises, Fax, Games, Garden, Gardening, Greypower, Housie, Indoor Games, Jigsaw, Library, Massage, Minibus, Music, Newspaper reading, Outings, Parkinson's Society, Pianist, Quizzes, Reading, Roses, RSA, Senior Citizens, Shopping, Sing-a-longs, Singing, Stroke Group, Theatre, Travel, Vegetarian, Videos, Views, Womens Institute, Monthly "Armchair Travels"

We are fortunate to have an Activities Co- Ordinator who is highly motivated and encorporates each resident's individual hobbies & needs into their daily activities - she had won many awards for her creative game activities at the annual Resthome Games - Dee gained her certificate in Diversional Therapy in 2015.

We get as many residents as possible out to various community based social programmes but respect the right for them to do their "own thing" if they wish to be on their own. Birthdays and special events are recognized and celebrated. We also have various groups come into our home to entertain our residents.

Families & friends are welcome to join in with any activity or celebration being held within our "home"
Updated: 28 Nov 2017
Additional Information
Additional Information
Topic Details
What's included in your fees and what's not Fee details given upon enquiry
Staffing qualifications and details Kitchen staff have attained Food Hygeine Certificates
Details about meals All meals prepared on site and the main meal for the day is at night as the resident's elect to have it at that time of day - it is their home & they have monthly meetings & have input into the menu planning . Menu's are reviewed by a qualified dietician every 5 years.
Updated: 19 Jul 2012
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
Chinese dialect Yes
Dutch Yes
English Yes
Interpreter Yes
Maori - Te Reo Yes
Welsh Yes
Updated: 10 May 2009
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Anglican Yes Monthly in house service
Non denominational Yes any religiuos needs meet
(Other comments) Yes Rosetown Community church- monthly
Updated: 29 Oct 2006
Location Distance Details
Shops 2.00 Km Residents go into town to do personal shopping each week
Mall 2.00 Km
Parks 2.00 Km Resident's and family often visit our lovely parks with packed picnics
Library 2.00 Km Those resident's that like to go to the library are taken in each week to select their choice of reading material. We also have the library drop off books each week to some resident's.
Updated: 18 Nov 2009
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
National Certificate in Diversional Therapy Yes
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Yes
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA)
Updated: 7 Sep 2011

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