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Brylyn Residential Care
Rest Home Care
200 Te Kowhai Road
Te Rapa
Hamilton 3288
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200 Te Kowhai Road
RD 8
Hamilton 3288
(07) 849 4025
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Joan Estolas - 07 8494025
Caitlin and Joe - 02102574007
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News Letter News Letter News Letter

Our Ist Newsletter for the year 2015.


Given the current COVID-19 environment we have temporarily disabled our ‘feedback’ feature. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Visitors as usual (but not if you’re unwell or recently returned from overseas)
We provide a quality, and individualized Rest Home, Respite, Convalescent and Hospital Level Care in a personalized and homely environment using the InteRAI Assessment Tool,endorsed by The Ministry of Health, to assess residents needs and establish Long Term Care Plans, to ensure the resident receives the most appropriate care to meet their assessed needs. This is done in consultation with the family by a Registered Nurse and filed online through an integrated computing system. This means the plan can be reviewed readily through different agencies when needed.

This is done within our small, privately owned Rest Home which has a friendly, caring and homely environment designed to fit you and your loved ones needs. We have competent, kind and caring staff who genuinely care for the needs and health of the residents under their care. We have beautifully cooked home meals and home baking, which you will smell as soon as you step in the door. All our washing is done on site, so there is minimal missing clothes.

We offer this quality and personalized care within a homely environment in a country setting, with an outlook onto farms and grazing animals, and a fresh country breeze that proves to be very beneficial to our residents health.

We provide a range of services which include Long Term Hospital, Rest Home, Day Care, Respite Care and Convalescent Care for both the elderly and under 65's.

Recently Brylyn has been awarded with a 3 year certification from the Waikato District Health Board to provide residential care at the above levels of care requirements. We are very happy and pleased to receive this certification and look forward to achieving better results with quality improvements, staff training and support from WDHB. This achievement is a reflection of the quality care provided by our Brylyn Care Team.

Book your loved ones into Brylyn Residential Care for Respite , Long Term Care at Hospital or Resthome Level or needing time to recover from a operation or an illness, book into Brylyn for Convalescent Care while you recuperate.

We have dedicated respite care rooms. Please email brylynresthome@gmail.com or phone 07 8494025 or 02102574007 WE ACCEPT HALF DAY STAYS as well as FULL RESPITE DAYS. You can discuss with Disability Support Link on the number of Respite Days available for use if you need a break from caring for a loved one at home.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 18 Jul 2017
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 23
Vacancy Soon
Impending vacancy Yes - 1 double room
Premium Room Charges Some Rooms from $40/day up to $40/day as at 03 Feb 2021
MOH Certification and Audit Report View MOH certification and audit report (opens in a new tab)
Updated: 1 Mar 2021
Facility Name : Brylyn Residential Care
Posted on : 2018/05/15 10:48:26

TITLE : Kindness and compassion

The Positives : Staff were very gentle and kind. Cheery and pleasant. The home is very clean and doesn't have that smell often associated with elderly persons rest homes. Its more like a family home than an institution. When my father passed away they advised the other residents and celebrated his life with a beautiful photo, candle and fresh flowers- the compassion and empathy of the staff was wonderful. Dad was very happy in Brylyn, he enjoyed the food which was delicious and the interaction with everyone

The Negatives :

Suggestions or General Comment : When our time comes we would be more than happy to stay at Brylyn. Beautiful setting and the Studio rooms are like home.

To see the full review (including ratings) please click here https://www.agedadvisor.nz/search/aged-care/Brylyn-Residential-Care-RD-8-Hamilton#reviews
Updated: 19 May 2018
Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse 208 Yes We have a Registered Nurse on duty 24/7, as well as a Registered NURSE MANAGER five days. Please call 078494025 to make an appointment to see the NM.
Nurse Practitioner No We have a Nurse Manager who oversees the running of the rest home. She works Mon-Fri, 9.00am to 5.30pm. Please call the facility to make an appointment if needed. NP to be arranged if needed. The Admin Manager works Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4pm.
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers 266 Yes We have caregivers rostered on 24 hours a day.
Physiotherapist 0.00 Yes A physiotherapist visits the home once a fortnight and will see clients upon referral by Doctor, Registered Nurse or Nurse Manager
Occupational Therapist 0.00 Negotiable Referral will be made either by Doctor or Physiotherapist.
Social Worker (on site) 0.00 Negotiable We are happy to make any required referrals
Diversional Therapist No We do have an Activities Cooordinator to conduct activities, trips, exercises, craft and socialization for residents.
Activities Co-ordinator 25 Yes Our activities co-ordinator works from 8.45am to 2.30pm every week day. There is a varied programme including a fortnightly bus trip during term time at no extra cost.
Hairdresser Yes Fortnightly on a Monday morning.
Podiatrist Yes Every month.
Dietitian Yes Available as needed upon referral from the GP
Accredited Visitors Yes Accredited visitors are arranged on a as needs basis - please let one of the staff know that you require this service.
Kaumatua Yes Organised as needed.
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor 2 Yes A vicar attends regularly and can be arranged on a as needed basis.
Other Personnel 55 Yes We have 2 Maintenance / handymen who oversee the gardens and other little renovations as needed and 2 housekeepers who keep the place clean for clients.
Updated: 2 Sep 2020
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise Status Details
Oxygen Management Yes Oxygen is available through use of an oxygen cylinder as well as oxygen concentrators.
Gastronomy/Nasogastric Management Yes We have NZNC registered RNs to provide P.E.G feeding if required.
Palliative Care (Contracted) No We nurse all our End of Life residents in the facility with input from our inhouse GP, and our RNs work 24/7.
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes We nurse all our End of Life residents in the facility with input from our inhouse GP, and our RNs work 24/7. We work on keeping our residents pain free, comfortable and clean always, including in End of Life / Palliative Care phase.
Wound Care Yes Wound assessment and management is completed by NZNC qualified RNs on the facility and referrals will be made to the WDHB Wound Nurse Specialist as needed.
Diabetic Care Yes The Registered Nurses on duty monitor blood sugar results for the diabetic residents, administer insulin and consult the inhouse GP for any anomalies.
Continence Advice Yes Continence assessment is done on admission by the Registered Nurse on duty and further re-assessment is done every 6 months or earleir as needed.
Stomal Therapy No Referral will be made in accordance to the GP's assessment.
Stroke Rehabilitation No For not so severe stroke victims accepted, we are happy to refer to a Physiotherapist as needed and as financially viable for the families.
Tracheotomy Care No We are happy to train our RNs in Tracheostomy care if such a resident is accepted.
Infection Control Yes Standard Precautions are taken for all residents with thorough hand-washing and P.P.E's are used as needed for other contaminations.
Psychiatric Care No Inhouse GP is will make any necessary assessments and referrals as needed for a psyciatric assessment for any clients after behaviour monitoring is completed.
Clinical Management Yes The facility is managed by a Clinical Nurse Manager.
Other Specialties Yes We are happy to liaise with and make any referrals to any Nursing Specialists.
Updated: 19 May 2018
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 accept respite cares privately as well as referred from the DHB / DSL. Please contact us on 078494025 or email - brylynresthome@gmail.com
Carer Support Yes We provide carer support respite care eith privately or referred from DSL / DHB. Please contact us on 078494025 or email - brylynresthome@gmail.com
Other Short Stay Programme Yes Convalescent Care either short term referred from hospital or self referred after illness or surgery is accepted, as well as day stays - half days / overnight stays are welcome. Please contact us on 078494025 or email - brylynresthome@gmail.com
High Care Needs Yes Hospital level care referred from DHB / DSL or other DHBs is accepted as well as Chronic Long Term Conditions is catered for. Please contact -078494025 or email - brylynresthome@gmail.com
Subsidised Yes We accept all subsidized residents within the existing contracts with the WDHB. To ascertain your eligibility for a subsidy please call WINZ /M.O.H(Ministry of Health), M.S.D(Ministry of Social Development) OR DSL. ( Disability Support Link)
Private Paying Yes We accept private paying clients, either self referred or if not eligible for a subsidy, so long as they meet the criteria for residential care within resthome / hospital level and meet the requirements of the Admission Agreement.
Booking can be made in advance Yes You are most welcome to make an advance booking for respite care / day stay / convalescent care, as long as we have beds available. We will give priority to the bookings and will make appropriate arrangements if we are unable to meet that booking .
Updated: 19 May 2018
Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes Own furniture is encouraged, feel free to make your room into your home. We provide beds, chest of drawer, bedside cabinets, and lamps.
Single Rooms Yes 15 single rooms
Shared Rooms No We have 7 Double Rooms, which will suit a couple coming into care, but shared amenities. Friends coming into care could utilize this as well.
Rooms suitable for a couple No 8 Studio rooms with en-suites, kitchenette, walk in wardrobes, heat pumps, bar fridge, small living area and own patio area.
Ensuite No Studio rooms plus one single room have their own en-suites.
Alcohol Permitted Yes Onsite Alcohol policy must be adhered to, and all alcohol needs to be given under the supervision of the RN on duty. This is to minimize any serious side effects of unwell residents due to medication.
Phone Access In Own Room Yes All rooms have their own phone jacks if the Resident wishes to have their own phone. Family will organise their own provider and are responsible for the installation and bills. WiFi is available. Residents may take calls on the facility portable phone.
Wifi Yes
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes All studio rooms have their own remote to adjust their air conditioning/heating units. Gas Heating in the rest of the home is through floor vents. Residents are welcome to have their own additional heating in their room if needed.
Cater for under 65 yrs with Disability Yes We are funded for those who qualify for under 65 care and private payers are accepted under this category.
Lounges/seating areas Yes We have one main lounge area with a TV. There is a small family room which is available for residents and their friends and families to meet or if a resident wants some 'quiet' time.
Primary Health Funded Short Term Care Yes If you need short term care either private or funded through the DHB ring the Nurse Managerfor more information.
Provide End of Life/Palliative Care Yes We provide End of Life / Palliative Care to ur existing clients and anyoen wishing to come into care for this. We have NZNC trained and qualified nurse to oversee and provide this level of care. Please call 078494025 or email - brylynresthome@gmail.com
Palliative Care Contract Yes We provide Palliative Care to our existing residents, unless they decide to move into Hospice Care for this.
Day Programme for day stay clients Yes Day care available 7 days per week. $40 per day . Includes cooked main meal at lunchtime, morning and afternoon tea, and particpation in activities on weekdays. We have a contract with the Waikato DHB for this service. Please contact DSL for more info.
Outings Yes Coffee outings, shopping, sightseeing, ice cream trips, duck feeding.
Whanau Room Yes
Maori Kaupapa Yes Can be contacted as needed.
Residents Committee Yes Residents meet every 6 months to discuss any issues, the meeting is conducted by the Activities co-ordinator and the Admin Manager.
Family Committee No Families are welcome to discuss issues with us on a daily basis and are welcome to contact us at any time.
Newsletter Yes Newsletters are sent out monthly to the first next of kin, published on the website and placed on the notice board in the facility.
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes Challenging behaviour is monitored as per policy,families will be contacted as needed. If behaviour implicates severely on the operations of the facility, then we are obliged to activate our termination of contract clause, or refer to DSL for placement.
Confused Residents No We are not a Secure Dementia Unit, but do cater for mildly confused residents, age related, who are not a risk to themselves or others.
Rural Setting Yes We are in a beautiful quiet, country setting with lots of fresh air, away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Smokers Room No We encourage NO SMOKING POLICY, but have a shed away from the facility to be utilized if needed. Cigarettes are kept by the RN and dispensed as needed by the client. This is to minimize any smoke smell complaints by other residents, fire risk,etc.
Updated: 4 Dec 2020
Special Features
Special Features
We are a rest home in a semi rural environment which has a family-like atmosphere. We have a chef who caters to individual needs and likes on a daily basis.
We maintain our rest home like a well lived-in large home. Our residents and staff like to laugh and joke and create a lively environment in the home. We minimize the institutional environment of resthomes and hospitals.
We have a surprise 'take-out' meal once a month, summer BBQ's and celebrate birthdays with a baked cake from our kitchen plus we incorporate all the annual events like Matariki, Easter, Anzac etc.
Updated: 2 Sep 2020
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Activity programme, Age Concern, Art, BBQ, Big print books, Bingo, Board games, Bowls, Canine friends, Children, Church, Classical Music, Entertainment, Craft, Electric beds, Exercises, Games, Garden, Happy Hour, Jigsaw, Library, Manicures/Hand Massage, Outings, Quizzes, Reading, Speakers, Sing-a-longs, Sky TV.
Updated: 4 Dec 2020
Additional Information
Additional Information
Topic Details
What's included in your fees and what's not Our daily contract rate with the Ministry of Health is $162.25 per day for standard single rooms, $202.25 for Studio Units, and $172.25 for ensuite room / renovated double room.
Staffing qualifications and details We currently employ 20 staff who work on a rostered basis to ensure coverage of all shifts.
Details about meals We have 2 experienced cooks who along with the dietican have created our menus. Our cook is happy to cater for individual needs and preferences, within limits of dietary and nutrional requirements.
Updated: 2 Sep 2020
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
Afrikaans Yes One staff member who speaks a little of the language.
Bulgarian Yes
Chinese Yes We have one staff member who is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.
Deaf Blind Sign Language Yes Caitlin the owner is able to assist anyone who would like to learn braille or who already knows braille.
English Yes Our staff speak and write in English, which is a requirement of working at Brylyn Residential Care.
Fijian Indian Yes We have one staff member from the Fiji.
Filipino Yes We have three staff members who are fluent in Filipino.
Hindi Yes We have numerous staff members who is fluent in Hindi.
Indonesian Yes One staff member can assist with this language.
Interpreter Yes An interpreter can be contacted when required.
Italian Yes One of our handyman is Italian.
Mandarin Yes 1 staff.
Maori - Te Reo Yes We have 2 staff members.
Nepali Yes Three staff members
Punjabi Yes Numerous staff can speak this.
Updated: 2 Sep 2020
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Anglican Yes We have a minister who takes a service evey Tuesday
Baha'i No Can be catered to if requested.
Baptist No Can be catered to if requested.
Brethren No Can be catered to if requested.
Buddhist No Can be catered to if requested.
Christian Yes
Confucius No Can be catered to if requested.
Denominations/Faiths represented No Can be catered to if requested.
Evangelical No Can be catered to if requested.
Hindu No Can be catered to if requested.
Inter denominational No Can be catered to if requested.
Muslim No Can be catered to if requested.
Jain No Can be catered to if requested.
Jehovah Witness No Can be catered to if requested.
Jewish No Can be catered to if requested.
Lutherism No Can be catered to if requested.
Methodist No Can be catered to if requested.
Non denominational No Can be catered to if requested.
Orthodox Christian No Can be catered to if requested.
Pentecostal No Can be catered to if requested.
Presbyterian No Can be catered to if requested.
Ratana No Can be catered to if requested.
Ringatu No Can be catered to if requested.
Roman Catholic No Can be catered to if requested.
Salvation Army No Can be catered to if requested.
Seventh Day Adventist No Can be catered to if requested.
Sikh No Can be catered to if requested.
Shinto No Can be catered to if requested.
Spiritualist/New Age No Can be catered to if requested.
Tao No Can be catered to if requested.
The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints No Can be catered to if requested.
(Other comments) No We have a multi-cultural mix of residents and staff and are happy to try and organize for any special visits.
Updated: 19 May 2018
Location Distance Details
Public Transport 3.00 Km Taxi services from anywhere in Hamilton.
Shops 3.00 Km The Base is our nearest set of shops and coffee shop in Te Kowhai
Mall 3.00 Km We are approximately 3 km from The Base
Parks 5.00 Km In Te Rapa / Te Kowhai
Library 8.00 Km Hamilton Central
Updated: 19 May 2018
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
Approved provider of Professional Development and Recognition Programme No NZNC for Registered Nurses.
CareerForce Yes Staff are participating in courses offered by CareerForce.
Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available. Yes Our audit report is available. Please email brylynresthome@gmail.com or check the M.O.H website for a copy of our latest audit report from Health Care New Zealand.
CareerForce Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available.
Updated: 19 May 2018
What's New
What's New
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January 2021

We are well into the new year and hopefully all enjoying the summer weather. We can be grateful for being able to move around New Zealand, to have holidays within and to be able to be with our families.

Welcome to our new resident Marie Johansen, who we hope will be happy here with us at Brylyn.

We had three birthdays this month, Raymond Matson on 6th, Adrian Ngamotu on the 21st and Ian Birse on the 26th, Happy Birthday to our three gentlemen. Our chef provided a cake from the kitchen for morning tea to share with all the residents.

Raymond and Joyce celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary on the 12th where they shared a cake from our kitchen with everyone. Happy Anniversary to them!

Peter Whalley was in on the 9th to entertain in the morning getting everyone to sing along with him and Happy Hour with snacks and drinks on the 29th with Charlie and Marlene entertaining and again there was good participation from our residents. A good time had by all.

Thank you to our weekend entertainers, Louise, George and Peter.

The bus trip this month was to Lake Karapiro – this was enjoyed by those who went there.

Religious services are held twice a month and a religious discussion in the alternate weeks.

David voluntarily comes in weekly to do quizzes for which we are most grateful.

There are daily exercises and Bingo sessions twice a week, always popular with Ian Birse calling. Thanks again to Ian who is one of our residents.

We have games mornings and walks outside to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.

Keep well everyone, stay safe, until next month,

Regards from all at Brylyn.

December 2020

We hope you have had a wonderful festive season and here’s wishing you all the very best for 2021.

Birthdays for the month of December were for Robert Brough on the 12th, Lindsey Jordan on the 20th and Glenys Alexander on the 21st. A cake was provided from our kitchen for morning tea with all the residents.

Sadly, two of our residents passed away, our condolences go out to the families of Bruce Ogilvie and Lindsey Jordan.

We welcome Lena ‘Billy’ Phillips for a short stay with us.

Christmas decorations went up and on the 4th we took photos of our residents by our new Christmas tree with a copy given out to both residents and family. They are beautiful photos and well done to our caregiver, Vidhi, who did a splendid job!

Peter Whalley was in on the 9th to entertain in the morning getting everyone to sing along with him.

A morning tea was held on the 10th where we thanked our Volunteers and handed out gifts, not forgetting the two doggies that visit our residents, Boomer and Cookie. Some of our residents stood up to say their thanks including one of our Registered Nurses, Thelma. There as a delicious spread afterwards which turned out to be a good social event.

Entertainment with Charlie and Marlene went well on the 11th where they also got residents to join in and sing along. Charlie sang the favourites with some wonderful news songs, ending with a medley of well-known Christmas carols.

The bus trip on the 11th residents went to Palmers Garden Centre Café for coffee and cake and then a walk in the plants garden.

Our new vinyl was installed in the lounge and dining areas on the weekend of the 12th and 13th. This went well. We thank our residents and staff for their patience and understanding with this major disruption. The staff were amazing with serving meals in the rooms and taking extra care of our residents.

Residents went out in the evening on the 17th in two buses to see the Christmas lights. It is wonderful to see the effort that people make to decorate their houses and gardens.

We invited family to come in and join our residents for a shared family lunch. Staff put on a show, dancing to ‘Jingle Bells’ and then showed a video they had made of all the residents doing dance movements to the same song; an occasion enjoyed by all. Well done staff!

On the 24th we had our Christmas Happy Hour with Glen Carley entertaining. Residents were given their Christmas presents and photos from Brylyn by Santa with staff dressing up in ‘mufti.’

We had a special Christmas menu for lunch on Christmas day:

Starter: Italian Antipasto Platter: Prosciutto, Salami, Ham, Blue Cheese, Aged Cheddar Cheese, Brie Cheese, Grapes, Olives and Crackers. Prawn Twisters & Lemon Pepper Squid.

Mains: Roast Lamb with Mint Sauce & Gravy. Roast Turkey with Cranberry Jam. Roasted Vegetables -Baby Potatoes, Golden Kumara and Carrots. Fresh Mini Bread Rolls.

Green Salad – Mesclun, Rocket, Tomato, Capsicum, Alfalfa served with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing.

Dessert: Christmas Pudding and Custard. Mini Lemon Curd Tart. Mini Peach & Passion Fruit Tart.

L & P came in on the 31st to entertain our residents for the last day of the year with some wonderful music and singing.

Our religious service is held twice a month and a religious discussion in the alternate weeks.

David comes in weekly to do quizzes. We have daily exercises and Bingo sessions twice a week which draws a big crowd. There are games mornings and walks in the fresh air and sunshine. Thank you to our weekend entertainer, Louise.

Keep well everyone, until next month

Regards from all at Brylyn.

November 2020

We are well into spring with summer just around the corner and on the countdown to Christmas!

Our Christmas decorations are up making the facility look very festive.

 We welcome our new resident from Christchurch, Ashley Connor, and hope he will be happy here with us. Ashley celebrated his birthday on the 10th with a cake from our kitchen to share with all our residents. Happy Birthday Ashley!

On Friday 13th we had Peter Mudie and his wife in to talk about Bonsai growing where they also displayed some bonsai trees and in the evening the staff celebrated Diwali. We provided Indian food and some staff brought in Indian desserts. There was dancing and the occasion was enjoyed by both residents and staff.

Our surprise lunch on 25th was Kentucky Fried Chicken (Chicken and Chips in individual boxes) and served with rolls, followed by Brandy Snap and Toffee Sauce pudding.

Happy Hour on the 27th was a joyous ‘singalong’ occasion with Tipene while he sang and played his guitar with a good variety of songs.

Some of the residents went for a van drive on 30th to the Jukebox Diner Cafe for coffee and a scone.

Our religious service is held twice a month and a religious discussion in the alternate weeks.

David comes in weekly to do quizzes. We have daily exercises and Bingo sessions twice a week which draws a big crowd now. There are games mornings and walks in the fresh air and sunshine. Our weekend entertainers were Charlie, George, Wendy, Peter and Roy.

Just a friendly note that if you are visiting on the weekend of the 12th and 13th of December, we are having new floor vinyl fitted in the lounge and dining room. There will be major disruptions and noise and no entry around that area. Thank you for understanding while this is being done.

Every year we cook a special Christmas lunch here for our Residents and just a friendly reminder that we will be unable to accommodate any family to join us as the facility is full. Good news though that we are full!

Please can you let us know, once you have made your arrangements, if Mum or Dad will be in or out for lunch on the 25th and what time you will pick them up. Thank you.

Keep well everyone, until next month

Regards from all at Brylyn.

October 2020

We are having such lovely warm spring days, it is certainly good to be out of winter and almost into summer!

This month we celebrated birthdays with a cake from our kitchen for morning tea for Ross Roulston on the 4th and Wayne Rolton on the 23rd – Happy Birthday to both gentlemen.

We say thanks to Len who plays the piano for the hymns in the religious services with Reg and Jan and thanks to David who takes religious service and does a quiz with the residents on alternative weeks.

To make it easier for our residents to vote, the ‘special voting box’ was organised here at the facility during the month which proved to be a success.

Residents loved the bus drive on the 9th out to Woodlands and then to Jasen Park. Our second drive of the month on Friday 30th was out to the Punnet café in Tamahere for coffee.

On the 14th was our surprise meal and this time it was ‘take out’ pizza followed by a delicious fresh fruit salad and cream. This monthly event proves to be popular with our residents and keeps them guessing as to what the meal could be!

Neil Curgenven came in on the 16th and gave an interesting talk about the styles of housing in Hamilton going right back in time to the present day. We will certainly get Neil back at a later stage as he has much more to share on various subjects.

Happy hour was on Friday 30th when we were entertained by Charlie and Marlene – a fun time was had by all.

Bingo remains popular as does the games mornings. Residents are taken outside to enjoy the warm weather days as much as possible. They did a little bit of gardening using the New World miniature potting of the vegetable seeds, had an exercise session outside and went for walks too.

Keep well everyone, until next month

Regards from all at Brylyn.

September 2020

It is just wonderful to be back at level 1.

We are well into the second half of the year and spring is in the air with some wonderful warm days.

This month we celebrated birthdays for Olive Begley on the 14th, Joyce Park on the 18th and Ian Stewart on the 21st with a cake baked in our kitchen - a happy birthday to you all.

On the 1st we had our spring day celebration with everything yellow. For morning tea we had yellow cupcakes, afternoon tea a yellow cake, at lunch there was a yellow dessert, cold drinks, serviettes and placemats! It turned out to be a lovely sunny day too which was a bonus.

We had a Father’s Day event a little earlier on the 3rd where we purchased a special morning tea cake, gave out gift bags with a shower and a shaving gel in each and then for all the residents, a small chocolate. The men all sat together at one table. “Parkie” (Raymond Park) cut the cake. After lunch we had the ‘Father’s Day’ Happy Hour. In all it was a special day.

We have had the religious services resumed with Reg and Jan and with David too, who also does a quiz with the residents.

Tipene entertained at our Happy Hour with his wonderful array of songs. Residents are very happy too to have our weekend entertainers back. On the weekend after lockdown we had George and Roy in to entertain.

The monthly surprise lunch meal was held on the 17th with a meal of pies, chips, peas and gravy. The pies were from Jesters, followed by a new dessert, Banoffee pie. This occasion always goes down well with our ‘family.’

We have introduced a small ‘shopping’ cabinet in the reception area for residents to view and purchase any toiletry items they may need or cold drinks and snacks.

We are getting a good turnout for the Bingo and games mornings, and with some of the lovely winter days we have had the staff  have taken residents outside to enjoy the sunshine - there is nothing like fresh air and feeling the sun on our bodies.

Keep well everyone, until next month

Regards from all at Brylyn.

August 2020

It was so wonderful to have life back to normal even if it was for a short time and to be out of the Covid-19 lockdown. Unfortunately, we are experiencing another lockdown and being a rest home, we have your family and loved ones in our best interest and have therefore stopped all visitors coming in for the present.

We are well into the second half of the year and spring is in the air with some wonderful warm days.

Birthdays this month were for Susan Harvey on the 2nd, Colin Brewer on the 28th and Annette Coombs on the 30th. Happy Birthday to you.

Before the lockdown we had:

Jan and her dog, Macey, from the SPCA, come in for a visit. Residents always love the interaction with the dogs.

We had our religious services and the quizzes with David.

There was entertainment on the weekends by George, Peter and Wendy.

Some of our residents went on the bus outing to Morrinsville on the 7th to spot all the ‘cow’ icons in the streets and to take photos.

The trainee Occupational Therapists were doing well and enjoyed being with our residents, hopefully we can get them back soon.

The surprise lunch meal was on Friday 21st when we had a movie morning to watch “Young at Heart”  followed by Fish, Chips and Salad packed as a ‘take out’ meal in take-away containers followed by an ice cream sundae. Residents were pleasantly surprised and extremely happy not to miss their Friday ‘fish and chips.’

We are getting a good turnout for the Bingo and games mornings, and with some of the lovely winter days we have managed to take some of our residents outside to enjoy the sunshine - well done Mahi.

Keep well and stay safe, until next month

Regards from all at Brylyn.

Updated: 3 Feb 2021

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