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Kowhainui Home
Rest Home Care
88 Virginia Road
Wanganui 4500
(06) 349 1400
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Trish Bowell - (06) 349 1400
Presbyterian Support Central
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The atmosphere at Enliven’s Kowhainui Home is bright and easy-going; the people are caring and welcoming. Situated on lovely grounds, this modern, purpose-built facility is a well-known local icon.

Kowhainui Home, like all Enliven Central homes, embraced an elder directed model of care called the Eden Alternative.

This means we work to ensure the elders of Kowhainui Home have companionship, variety and spontaneity, fun, meaningful activity and purpose in their lives. It ensures that elders are involved in decisions that relate to both their personal wellbeing and what happens at their home.

Here, residents are supported to maintain their independence and routines, and to continue with hobbies, interests and passions, in a way that’s right for the individual.

Our staff are not only highly trained, they’re also friendly, caring and embrace our elder-directed philosophy of care.

At Kowhainui Home, in addition to rest home care we also provide hospital level services. This means we have nurses on-duty 24-hours-a-day. The doctor also visits regularly and we are in regular contact to ensure all clinical needs are met.

Enliven’s Kowhainui Home offers rest home and hospital level care services, as well as short term respite, health recovery care and an engaging day programme.

As an Enliven home we’re proud to be more than just ‘family friendly’. At Kowhainui Home, your family is part of our family. After all, family, friends and the community play a big part in life here.

At Kowhainui Home, you’ll find there are no set visiting times; you can invite your grandchildren, family and friends to visit at any time. Plus we have a great toy box and games to keep the little ones entertained!

You may like to invite family or friends to join in the special events and social outings organised by Kowhainui Home. And of course, family and friends are always welcome to join you for a meal.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
Updated: 20 Jul 2016
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 37
Vacancy No
Kowhainui is a very popular facility and demand for beds is very strong. We have a no-obligation waiting list and we recommend that interested parties register their details with us.
Impending vacancy No
Additional Room CostsSome Rooms
Updated: 18 Jun 2018
There are many reasons why people enjoy living at Enliven’s Kowhainui Home. We asked some of the residents that live there what they like the most about their home.

“I fit in right from the start. They make you feel so welcome here. They meet you with a lovely smile and you become one of the family.” – Gwen

“They’re very accommodating. I don’t think you could get any better.” – George

“They’re a great crowd here and we have a lot of fun.” – Val
Updated: 20 Jul 2016
TypeHours Per WeekStatusDetails
Registered Nurse Yes Nurses are on duty in the Hospital 24/7 and also provide services to Rest Home residents when needed
Enrolled Nurse Yes
Physiotherapist Negotiable Visits when required
Occupational Therapist Negotiable Visits when required
Own Social Worker Negotiable Family Works Whanganui, also run by Presbyterian Support Central, are able to provide counselling services if needed
Diversional Therapist Yes
Activities Co-ordinator Yes
Hairdresser Yes The salon is open 3 days per week
Podiatrist Negotiable Visits when required
Dietitian Yes We contract a dietitian to oversee all of the menus
Accredited Visitors Yes Independent advocates for each part of the service
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes
Updated: 20 Jul 2016
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of ExpertiseStatusDetails
Oxygen Management Yes
Wound Care Yes
Continence Advisor Yes Available from the DHB
Infection Control Yes
Gerontological Care Yes
Clinical Manager Yes Full time Care Managers in both Rest Home and Hospital
Updated: 20 Jul 2016
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short StayStatusDetails
Respite Yes
Carer Support Yes
Subsidised Yes
Private Paying Yes
Updated: 20 Jul 2016
Day Care Yes
Rooms (Single) Yes
Rooms (Suit Couple) No We welcome couples at Kowhainui Home, talk to us about the options available.
Ensuite Yes
May Bring Own Furniture Yes The rooms can be furnished, but residents are invited to make the space their own. You can bring along your own familiar furniture and furnishings. Many residents bring along photos, artwork, ornaments, furniture and bed covers.
Alcohol Permitted Yes
Pets In Residence Yes Some pets belong to the home and residents have chosen to look after them. Other pets have moved in with their owners.
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes We understand that pets are part of the family too. Talk to us about your pet moving into the home with you – pets are usually welcomed with open arms as long as they get on with other people and animals.
Phone Access In Own Room Yes Residents can arrange to have a phone connected in their rooms
Newsletter Yes
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Lounges/seating areas Yes Residents enjoy the community feel, shared lounges, entertaining areas and gardens/courtyards.
Outings Yes
Rural Setting Yes
Smokers Room Yes
Smoking Permitted Yes In designated areas
Sprinklers Yes
Updated: 20 Jul 2016
Special Features
Special Features
Eden Alternative- a philosophy of care

We have adopted the Eden Alternative at Kowhainui Home, which means we work to create vibrant living and work environments for our residents. We encourage residents to maintain their own routines and continue with hobbies and interests. Residents' pets, the presence of children, plenty of plants and gardens and a high level of local community involvement is a part of our Homes' everyday life.
Updated: 20 Jul 2016
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
A highlight for many residents is the social life and companionship at Kowhainui Home. As well as enjoying the company of others at a similar stage of life, Kowhainui Home residents get involved in organising daily happenings and special events – making the most of the varied social calendar.

We have a wide range of interest groups. Regular activities and events include sight-seeing trips, guest entertainers, craft, themed parties and gardening.

Activity and interest groups and programmes are tailored to the interests of residents. This may include: Activity programme, Age Concern, Alzheimer's Society, Aromatherapy, Art, BBQ, Big print books, Bingo, Board games, Bowls, Bridge, Canine friends, Cards, Chapel, Children, Church, Classical Music, Concerts, Cooking, Craft, Dancing, Email, Entertainers, Entertainment, Exercises, Flower arranging, Games, Garden, Gardening, Golden Oldies, Greypower, Happy Hour, Holidays, Housie, , Internet, Jigsaw, Lectures, Library, Lotto, Mah Jong, Massage, Men, Minibus, Movies, Music, Newspaper reading, Outings, Park, Parties, Petanque, Probus, Quizzes, Reading, Roses, RSA, Senior Citizens, Shopping, Sing-a-longs, Singing, Sky TV, Videos, Views
Updated: 20 Jul 2016
Additional Information
Additional Information
Details re Meals Each day we provide our residents their breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snacks. We’ll make sure you always have plenty of delicious food to enjoy. Our menus are co-designed by a dietician and chef to ensure there is plenty of diversity and that your meals are nutritious and satisfying, made right on-site. We encourage you to enjoy your meals in the dining room with your friends. Morning and afternoon tea is served around the home and snacks and fruit are always available in the dining room or kitchenettes.
Associated Complexes Abingdon Retirement Village and Kowhainui Retirement Village
Updated: 22 Jul 2016
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
English Yes
Interpreter Yes Can be arranged if required
Updated: 20 Jul 2016
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual AffiliationsStatusDetails
Presbyterian Yes
(Other comments) Yes Kowhainui Home welcomes people of all religious backgrounds and assists residents in making arrangements for worship
Updated: 20 Jul 2016
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & MembershipStatusDetails
CareerForce Yes
National Certificate in Diversional Therapy Yes
National Certificate in Support of the Older Person (not available after Dec 2010) Yes
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Yes
New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) Yes
Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available. Yes As with all Residential Care a summary is available on the MOH website
Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA) Yes
Spark of Life Yes
The Eden Alternative Yes Kowhainui Home has adopted the Eden Alternative. Working to create vibrant living for our residents. Pets, the presence of children, plenty of plants and gardens and a high level of local community involvement is a part of our Homes' everyday life.
Other details Yes QPS Benchmarking
CareerForce New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available. Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA)
Updated: 11 Jan 2017