REST HOME CARE
- at Gracedale, managed by The Selwyn Foundation Group
Gracedale Rest Home and Hospital nestles at the foot of Mount Roskill. The complex is a modern, purpose built, state-of-the-art Rest Home and Hospital complex which has been architecturally designed with 34 Resident rooms divided into 4 suites or wings. Each suite has its own community/dining room, with tea and coffee making facilities.
The layout of the hospital allows us to cater for a variety of individual needs. The bedrooms are fully furnished and spacious - each with a large private ensuite. Under floor heating ensures that the rooms are maintained at a constant temperature.
We want you to have an enjoyable time here, and encourage you to talk over any ideas or concerns with our manager. It is a good idea to arrange a time to meet.
Our staff of registered nurses and qualified caregivers are all dedicated, caring people who have on-going training to meet the particular needs of all residents.
MAKING YOU AT HOME
We encourage residents to make their own decisions and to maintain their independence and self-care. Residents are welcome to personalise their rooms with pictures, photographs, their own private television and the mementoes they treasure.
Visitors are welcome. Our preferred visiting hours are between 9 am and 9 pm. If a loved one is ill, provision can be made for relatives to sleep over. Family or friends are also welcome to take their loved ones for an outing.
Gracedale is set in grounds that have been landscaped to ensure peacefulness and privacy. Every suite has a small outside patio for residents to sit or place their pot plants. We have a large sun lounge that is available for everyone to use and which flows to outside beautifully maintained and landscaped gardens - a constantly changing source of pleasure.
HERE FOR YOU
Our friendly receptionist is able to help you in many ways. These include . . .
- Ordering a newspaper for you and arranging for payment.
- Make appointments with our visiting hairdresser and podiatrist.
-If you wish, our receptionist will help to manage your money, through operating a personal petty cash account and paying any incidental bills you may incur.
A private telephone may be installed in your room at rental charge through Telecom, although a telephone is also available for you to use in the dining room of each suite.
Home-cooked meals are prepared with the approval of a qualified dietician - and individual diets can be arranged for you as required.
Our ‘in house’ doctor visits weekly.
The Chaplain is available for counselling and spiritual guidance. You are welcome to join in the weekly Church services, weekly Bible Study and daily devotions.
All laundry is done on the premises but we ask that woollens and delicate items be taken home by family whenever possible. All items need to be named please.
ACTIVITIES FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT
Our Activities Co-ordinator offers activities for your enjoyment and to encourage you to continue leading a full and active life through maintaining mobility and developing new skills. There is access to recreation, exercise and leisure activities, including . . .
- Games, housie and bingo.
- Sports, indoor bowls,
- Readings, story-telling, poetry and reminiscing.
- Outings, bus tours and shopping trips
- Music, sing-a-long sessions and entertainment.
- Special luncheons, and celebrating special occasions.
- Valuables: We have limited storage, so ask that anything of significant value be left with family or friends. While we ask people not to have valuables or money in their rooms, personal effects brought in need to be insured by the resident or their family.
- Fire: The Hospital has top-of-the-range equipment, including smoke detectors and sprinklers. Should you hear an alarm, please stay where you are. Our fully trained staff have fire evacuation procedures in place - you can feel safe in their hands.
- Visitors Book: We have a visitor signing in/out book which is monitored regularly. It also helps to ensure the safety of all our people if residents are signed out when leaving the premises. Entering an expected time of return for them enables staff to know how long they will be away.
- Overnight: Our sophisticated security system locks all external doors in the evening and unlocks them automatically in the morning. If residents return after doors are locked, please ring the bell outside the front door to gain entry.
BEING GOOD NEIGHBOURS
Please do not smoke within our building - we do have a smoking area in the patio outside the sun-lounge. We ask that you respect your neighbours by not having your TV or radio on too loudly.
THE SELWYN FOUNDATION GROUP – AN OVERVIEW and VISION STATEMENT
- The Selwyn Foundation has been around for a very long time.
Selwyn’s residents mirror New Zealand society as a whole, having people from all kinds of backgrounds, life experiences and interests. These days, people entering our retirement villages are older - now that people are living and remaining active for much longer.
Nevertheless, people residing in Rest Homes as well as those living independently, are encouraged to live as full a life as is humanly possible through maintaining existing links with community activities such as the RSA Club, local churches, Probus, U3A and sports clubs. Organised activities are on offer too – and managers are always interested in hearing of new ideas for activities, outings and social gatherings.
Today’s retirement villages are the culmination of over 50 years of progress. It was towards the late 1940s that the Anglican Church’s Auckland City Mission became very concerned about the plight of elderly people to cope in sometimes dilapidated houses, often too large for them once children had grown up and moved away.
The Mission had already done considerable work with older people by 1954 when the first 20 retired people became residents at Selwyn Village in Point Chevalier. This was the first rest home and retirement complex of its kind built in New Zealand. It still exists, although almost grown beyond recognition.
In 1967, the Mission arranged for the creation of The Selwyn Foundation as a separate charitable trust, specifically set up to look after this special concern for the needs of older people in our society.
Named after George Augustus Selwyn, first Anglican Bishop of New Zealand, the Foundation is an independent perpetual trust and not-for-profit organisation. Selwyn owns or manages retirement facilities in Northland, throughout greater Auckland and in the Waikato. It continues to grow and flourish - it is here to stay!
- Providing quality Christian care for the elderly.
The Selwyn Foundation Group invites you to take a closer look at our commitment to Christian values, quality care, accommodation and services, which continue to make us a leader in the provision of a wide range of accommodation and service options for the elderly in New Zealand.
It is committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of all residents through the ‘Selwyn Way’ wellness concept.
The Selwyn Foundation Group owns and manages a number of facilities throughout the North Island, and is one of the largest not-for-profit providers of aged care in New Zealand.
We place a high value on honesty and mutual respect. We strive to see our people fulfilled through the creation of work environments, where openness, communication, teamwork and safety are paramount. Our staff and volunteers share a specific interest in older adults, and undertake ongoing training in the particular needs of those in their care.
We strive to achieve excellence, continually seeking means for improvement and innovation in our care and services. Furthermore, we will, with integrity, adopt the highest standards of ethical behaviour in all our activities: care, legal, financial, environmental and all business practices.
The Selwyn Foundation Group
PO Box 44-106, Pt Chevalier, Auckland 1246.
Telephone 09 846 0119.
Fax 09 846 0700.