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Tuapeka Community Health
Rest Home
43 Whitehaven Street
Lawrence 9532
Postal Address
Same as above
Southern (Otago)
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Allana Wallis - (03) 4859050
Tuapeka Community Health Co Ltd - (03) 4859050
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Tuapeka Community Health (previously Lawrence Rural Health Centre) is our community-owned medical centre and rest home in Lawrence. Our dedicated staff provide high-quality medical care and community health services to the Tuapeka Community. Our philosophy at Tuapeka Community Health is to promote a quality lifestyle for our residents in a supportive environment, encouraging our residents to maintain independence in a safe, comfortable care setting. All residents are treated as individuals and shown patience, dignity and respect. Over the years, there have been many changes in the care of the elderly. Tuapeka Community Health will continue to strive to provide excellence in the personal care and comfort of those individuals who wish to join our happy home in their twilight years.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with Te Whatu OraYes
ORA Applies Yes. An ORA (Occupation Right Agreement) means you have to 'pay' a capital amount to live here. It's a retirement village type of purchase.
Updated: 1 Feb 2024
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Detail Status
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 5
Vacancy No
Impending vacancy No
Short stay considered Yes
Premium Accommodation 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 Yes
Updated: 1 Mar 2024
Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse Yes A registered nurse is on-call 24/7 and on-site from 9am to 3pm on weekdays and 10am to 2pm at weekends.
Nurse Practitioner No Our Nurse Practitioner is available on Mondays.
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers Yes
Physiotherapist Yes
Occupational Therapist Negotiable We have a contract with a Balclutha based Occupational Therapist to service needs of our district.
Social Worker (on site) Negotiable Social Worker can be accessed from Balclutha should you wish to discuss any matters.
Activities Co-ordinator Yes On-site for 10 hours per week. Individual and group activities. Members of the community are encouraged to join us.
Hairdresser Yes Six weekly visits, including perms and all other hairdressing services. Residents can attend the local Lawrence hairdresser.
Podiatrist Yes Six weekly visits from Knox Podiatry.
Dietitian Negotiable Dietitian is available to discuss any matters or concerns.
Kaumatua Negotiable
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes We have easy access to local ministers, calling weekly and when required.
Other Personnel Yes General Practitioner on-site four days per week.
Updated: 1 Feb 2024
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
Continence Advice Yes
Surgical Followup Yes GP Inpatient Bed (low-level hospital care) available for convalescing.
Community Health Yes
Updated: 30 Jan 2023
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
Booking can be made in advance Yes
Updated: 20 Mar 2013
Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes We encourage residents to bring their own furniture to help them create their own space.
Single Rooms Yes Five single rooms.
Ensuite No No, however as in a domestic setting, our five residents have easy access to the two toilets opposite their rooms.
Alcohol Permitted Yes Care and consideration must be given to other residents and staff.
Phone Access In Own Room Yes At resident's own cost. We have a portable phone that can be used in privacy of resident's own room or our sitting room.
Wifi Yes
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes
Cater for under 65 yrs with Disability Yes
Lounges/seating areas Yes We have a large domestic size communal lounge with SkyTV, sunny with french doors opening out into a conservatory with wonderful views of our beautiful garden and surrounding hills and farmland.
Gay / LGBT IQ Friendly Yes
Primary Health Funded Short Term Care No However, due to the flexible funding we receive, we are able to provide two GP Inpatient Beds for short term care.
Day Programme for day stay clients Yes
Outings Yes Outings are planned when possible with picnics and visits to families in surrounding towns.
Whānau Room Yes
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Confused Residents Yes We will do our utmost to provide suitable care for a confused resident, referring in need to our General Practitioner. Registered Nurse visits residents daily and, along with caregivers, is able to observe closely any change in health.
Rural Setting Yes Definitely, you can not get better than this tranquil, peaceful setting.
Smoking Permitted Yes Outside in a designated area.
Updated: 30 Jan 2023
Special Features
Special Features
Our residents start the day with breakfast in bed and get up when they feel like it. They are not rushed or forced to be out of bed at a certain time.

We provide a family atmosphere in our renovated cottage hospital that welcomes families to join us for a chat and a cup of tea.

We take an active interest in the recreation and entertainment of our residents. We offer an extensive activities programme under the guidance of our Activities Coordinator. All residents are encouraged to join in.
Updated: 30 Jan 2023
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Activity programme, Advocate, Art, Big print books, Bingo, Board games, Breakfast in bed, Cards, Care and Craft, , Church, Email, Entertainers, Entertainment, Exercises, Games, Garden, Gardening, Happy Hour, Holidays, Housie, Indoor Games, Internet, Library, Movies, Music, Newspaper reading, Outings, Park, Parties, Pastoral care, Pianist, Quizzes, Reading, Sing-a-longs, Singing, Sky TV, Videos
Updated: 30 Jan 2023
Additional Information
Additional Information
Topic Details
Staffing qualifications and details A Health Care Assistant (HCA) is rostered on every shift, with the additional support of a Registered Nurse (RN) being on-call 24 hours a day and in the rest home from 9 am to 3 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 2 pm on weekends. We have approximately 15 staff in total. All staff are required to complete ongoing and annual training. Registered Nurses and Health Care Assistants are at a level which provides continuity of quality rest home care.
Details about meals Most residents get breakfast in bed. Residents who choose to get up have breakfast in the dining room at 8:00am. You may stay in your dressing gown if you choose to. The meals are of a consistently high standard. The day's main meal is served at 12 midday, including a main course and sometimes a dessert. Tea is served at 5:00 pm consisting of soup, a light main dish and fresh fruit. If any meal does not suit you, please let Management know. They are only too happy to discuss food preferences with the residents. Morning and afternoon tea is served in the dining room at 10:00 am and 3.00 pm. Supper is served in your rooms at 7:30 pm. Beverages are offered with all meals. Cups of tea are available to residents at any time. Residents are surveyed from time to time to ascertain their perception of the meal service. The results of these surveys are then integrated into our Quality Improvement programme.
Visitor information Visitors are welcome at any time. If visiting at night, please ring the front doorbell as these doors are locked for security reasons. To prevent cross-contamination to our residents, we ask that you refrain from visiting if you are suffering from an illness that may be contagious i.e.; influenza, recent diarrhoea or vomiting.
Recreational opportunities The activities programme is organised by the facility Activities Coordinator and changes regularly. Each Resident is assessed individually, and their particular interests are included in the programme. Activities are arranged to cater for all levels of participation and a wide range of interests. The participation of residents in the Activities Programme is voluntary. However, it is very important in promoting socialisation, mental and physical stimulation and encouraging a general sense of vitality. If you have particular interests, please make these known so they can be included in the programme where possible. The Activities Coordinator arranges regular outings. We have a broad range of outings to cater to all interest levels. Residents are encouraged to keep in contact with family and friends outside Tuapeka Community Health. Please let us know when before you go out in case there is medication that needs to be taken during your absence. You are requested to 'sign out' by notifying a staff member. This is a safety requirement. Let the staff know if you would like a meal kept.
Transport Access to therapeutic services and activities in the community occurs on an ongoing basis. If the activity is within the activity programme, transport will be provided. Transport to appointments will be arranged with family members or friends. If the family cannot arrange transport, we will endeavour to provide transportation and the appropriate staff to assist. In these circumstances, the Resident will be required to pay mileage and staff time. Emergency ambulance services are not included in the fee. Where they are required because of an accident, the cost of the service is covered by ACC.
Updated: 30 Jan 2023
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
English Yes
Interpreter Yes If you require an interpreter, please advise us of your needs.
Updated: 30 Jan 2023
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Anglican Yes
Inter denominational Yes
Methodist Yes
Non denominational Yes
Presbyterian Yes
Roman Catholic Yes
Updated: 30 Jan 2023
Location Distance Details
Shops 1.00 Km Several coffee shops and craft/gift shops available.
Library 1.00 Km We are well serviced with a library and Information Centre - mobile library visits frequently.
Updated: 30 Jan 2023
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
Care Association New Zealand Yes
Aged Care Association New Zealand (ACA) Yes
Care Association New Zealand Aged Care Association New Zealand (ACA)
Updated: 26 Apr 2016

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