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Avonlea Rest Home and Hospital

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Avonlea Rest Home and Hospital
Rest Home
52 Ward Street
Taumarunui 3920
Postal Address
PO Box 97
Taumarunui 3946
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Anna Looby - 07 896 8131
Avonlea Charitable Trust - 07 896 8131
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MISSION STATEMENT: To provide the highest quality elder care to those requiring a quality of life that incorporates ongoing comfort, care and companionship whilst ensuring individual values and beliefs are respected.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Detail Status
Contract with Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora Yes
Certification Yes
ORA Applies No

Updated: 15 Mar 2013

Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Detail Status
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 30
Vacancy Yes
Impending vacancy No - Enquire now
Short stay considered No
Premium Accommodation Charges Some Rooms from $5.00 -$17.00/day up to $5.00 -$19.00/day as at 20 Mar 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: 22 Jul 2024

Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse Yes Avonlea has experienced registered Nurses on staff.
Enrolled Nurse Yes Avonlea has enrolled nurses who have had years of experience working with the elderly.
Physiotherapist Negotiable Based at the local Hospital.
Occupational Therapist Negotiable Based at the local Hospital.
Social Worker (on site) Negotiable Based at the local Hospital and visits Avonlea as required.
Diversional Therapist Yes Avonlea has a staff member who has National Certificate in Diversional Therapy level 4.
Activities Co-ordinator Yes Avonlea has a great Activities Department with lots of variety and excitement offered to residents and daycare clients from the community from Monday to Friday.
Hairdresser Yes Our haidresser visits the resthome regularly. Salon appointments can be arranged and transport organised.
Podiatrist Yes The podiatrist visits regularly. Specialist podiatrist appointments can be arranged as necessary.
Dietitian Negotiable Avonlea has its menu's audited by qualified Dietitians.
Accredited Visitors Yes
Kaumatua Yes Avonlea has a Kaumatua on staff as well as staff members fluent in Te Reo.
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes Regular church services are held at the rest home by different church groups. Residents are able to attend church in the community if they wish.
Other Personnel Yes

Updated: 18 Jan 2012

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
Psychiatric Care Yes
Community Health Yes
Clinical Management Yes
Other Specialties Yes Waikato DHB.

Updated: 18 Jan 2012

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 Available when beds are free. Enquiries welcome.
Subsidised Yes Carer support funding after approval from Disability Support Link.
Private Paying Yes We accept private paying respite.
Booking can be made in advance Yes Bookings can be made ahead of time if beds are available.

Updated: 18 Jan 2012

Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes Individual rooms may be personalised with your favourite furnishings, pictures and ornaments. All rooms have their own television outlet and feature a “call bell system” for 24 hour peace of mind. A full laundry service is available.
Single Rooms Yes At Avonlea you’ll have your own room, which you are encouraged to consider your own home.
Ensuite No Shared bathroom facilities available in each wing.
Alcohol Permitted Yes Happy hour each week for those wishing to join in. Transport available to the local RSA for those wishing to go out.
Pets In Residence Yes Avonlea has a resident cat and bird.
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes Animals are most welcome, either to visit or stay. This needs to be discussed prior.
Phone Access In Own Room Yes
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes
Cater for under 65 yrs with Disability Yes
Lounges/seating areas Yes
Palliative Care Contract Yes Avonlea offers 24-hour terminal care to help alleviate pain and reduce suffering as much as possible, with trained staff. Caring, compassionate staff give quality time to allow the resident tranquillity as life’s journey comes to an end.
Day Programme for day stay clients Yes Day care needs can be either funded or privately funded. Days and times can be arranged to suit your needs. Transport offered locally on Tuesday and Thursday. Exciting programme offered with lots of variation.
Outings Yes A weekly van trip is offered to those wishing to have an outing and regular trips to functions in the community.
Whānau Room Yes
Residents Committee Yes regular residents meetings.
Newsletter Yes Published monthly.
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Confused Residents Yes
Rural Setting Yes Avonlea boasts beautiful spacious grounds with attractive gardens and rural views that are second to none.
Smokers Room No Outside designated smoking area for residents.
Smoking Permitted Yes All buildings smoke free. A designated outside smoking area for residents is available. This is also accessible by wheelchair.

Updated: 18 Jan 2012

Special Features
Special Features

Avonlea is a 50 bed home administered by a Trust Board that offers you 24 hour Hospital and Residential Care of a very high standard. It is situated in the town in a quiet setting, attractively landscaped gardens with unique and picturesque river and rural views.

Friends and family/whanau are most welcome to join us when celebrating special occasions or may drop in for a visit at any time.


We cater for Hospital level of care (Level 5) and residential level care (level 4). Funded and non-funded beds are available. All potential residents must have had an assessment prior to admission, but we can help with these arrangements.



We cater for short stays – a day. A week, a fortnight, each person is different and have their own needs and timeframes. We will fit in with whatever is requested.

DAY-CARE Avonlea offers a stimulating and exciting day care programme. Day care is offered Monday to Friday with transport offered locally on Tuesday and Thursday.

Avonlea offers a home delivery service for nutritious meals or you can purchase frozen meals. Your meal will be delivered at Midday and consists of a nutritious main meal and dessert. Special diets may be catered for.
This is a 7 day a week service at affordable prices.

Updated: 19 Jan 2015

Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
We provide Recreational Activities, offering a stimulating programme aimed at improving and maintaining independence. There are regular outings and community involvement.

Activity programme, Advocate, Age Concern, Alzheimer's Society, Art, Bingo, Blind Foundation, Board games, Bowls, Breakfast in bed, Canine friends, Cards, Care and Craft, Church, Classical Music, Cooking, Craft, Electric beds, Entertainment, Exercises, Games, Gardening, Happy Hour, Indoor Games, Inter Resthome Challenges, Jigsaw, Library, Movies, Newspaper reading, Outings, Pastoral care, Petanque, Quizzes, Reading, RSA, Shopping, Videos, Views

Updated: 18 Jan 2012

Additional Information
Additional Information
Topic Details
What's included in your fees and what's not Please see the manager for details.
Staffing qualifications and details Avonlea prides itself in having a dedicated staff with varying levels of qualifications.
Details about meals We pride ourselves in offering home cooked, delicious meals. Appetising, assorted nutritious meals are served with special consideration given for individual likes and dislikes and dietary requirments. Residents may choose to have their breakfast in bed if they wish.

Updated: 18 Jan 2012

Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
English Yes
Māori - Te Reo Yes

Updated: 18 Jan 2012

Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Anglican Yes Regular services held in the facility.
Baptist Yes Services offered on site.
Brethren No Church services in the community. Church members are happy to provide transport for residents if required.
Inter denominational Yes
Jehovah Witness Yes Jehovahs Witnesses regularly visit Avonlea.
Non denominational Yes Avonlea cater for all religious beliefs. Interdenominational services are held regularly and ceremonies for specific denominations can be arranged.
Roman Catholic Yes Services offered on site.

Updated: 18 Jan 2012

Location Distance Details
Public Transport Taxi service offered. Will come to Avonlea.
Shops 3.00 Km 3 kms to our main shopping centre.
Parks On site parks.
Library 3.00 Km

Updated: 18 Jan 2012

Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
National Certificate in Diversional Therapy Yes
Aged Care Association New Zealand (ACA) Yes
Other details Yes Certification for 2 years
Aged Care Association New Zealand (ACA)

Updated: 18 Jan 2012

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