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Lara Lodge Care Home
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Lara Lodge
4 Pegasus Drive
Rotorua 3015
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Walter & Teresa Scheer - (07) 3477604
Nurse manager
Greeshma Nair (2020 Maternity Leave) - (07) 3477604
Clinical Lead RN
Selena O'Doherty - (07) 3477604
Mellisa TeRauna - (07) 3477604
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Level 4 Restrictions - critical visitors only
Lara Lodge Care Home is somewhat unique having operated in Rotorua for nearly 40 years maintaining the tradition of being family owned and operated. We embrace the fundamentals of the founding vision to offer a holistic quality of care and retain a persons comfort in a friendly, welcoming family style environment.
The size and layout of the home ensures that there is space to maintain shared and individual times with ease. The welcome begins in the colourful garden as you approach the front door and then walk into the central lounge. Here (or in the music or activities lounges) you will often find folk gathered to enjoy shared memories, games, exercises or the listening of a great story.
The enjoyment of art, music, gardens, food appreciation, style, health based activities, companionship, conversations, events and individuals are celebrated at Lara Lodge.
Excellence of care is paramount to the dedicated team that work together to ensure that individual needs are taken care of 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in a well maintained, serviced and compliant Home.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 23 Sep 2020
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 21
Vacancy No
Larger than standard, warm rooms that have a lovely outlook. Close to the main & music lounge, dining room & delightful north-facing deck area.
Impending vacancy No - Ensuite and access to deck
Premium Room Charges Yes from $5.00/day up to $15.00/day as at 11 Nov 2021
MOH Certification and Audit Report View MOH certification and audit report (opens in a new tab)
Updated: 6 Dec 2021
Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse Yes Having 2 registered nurses and 1 enrolled nurse during working hours and on call 24 hours/7days a week.
Enrolled Nurse Yes Mellisa - amazing!
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers 24/7 Yes
Physiotherapist Negotiable A Physiotherapist can be arranged to visit, as required.
Occupational Therapist Negotiable An Occupational Therapist can be arranged to visit, as required.
Social Worker (on site) Negotiable As required
Activities Co-ordinator 5 days per week Yes We have a well co-ordinated activity schedule that is flexible. On an individual & group basis there are exercises, activities, quizzes, games, entertainment in house. Outings are arranged for groups and individuals.
Hairdresser Yes We have 2 visiting hairdressers who offer a wide range of services at very reasonable prices.
Podiatrist Yes A registered Podiatrist has a regular clinc here at Lara Lodge
Dietitian Negotiable Since April 2017 we have a Chef that works with our kitchen staff to ensure that meals are nutricious, balanced and meet dietary requirements. Meal alternatives are available for those with specific dietary needs or preferences.
Accredited Visitors Negotiable As required and as available.
Kaumatua Negotiable As required
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Negotiable Weekly and monthly visits from clergy of various denominations.
Other Personnel Yes A variety of community groups visit regularly
Updated: 6 Nov 2020
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise Status Details
Oxygen Management Yes We have two Registered Nurses providing cover 24 hours/7days a week who can oversee administration of oxygen
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes We are able to offer a Palliative Care Service
Wound Care Yes Our Registered Nurses have a comprehensive knowledge of wound care and liaise with Wound Care Specialists and Doctors
Diabetic Care Yes Our diabetic residents are monitored closely and treatment given as prescribed by experienced nursing staff.
Continence Advice Yes We have access to a Continence Advisor through Lakes DHB and daily management by Registed Nurses
Stomal Therapy Yes We have access to a Lakes District Health Board Stoma Therapist who works alongside the registered nurses at Lara Lodge to maintain optimal care.
Stroke Rehabilitation Yes We have access to the Stroke Foundation specialist.
ACC Rehabilitation Yes
Infection Control Yes Staff receive regular training in infection control as it is a high priority at Lara Lodge. Our high standards are maintained through regular auditing processes and Quality Assurance programmes.
Surgical Followup Yes We welcome patients requiring convelescance following surgery.
Psychiatric Care Yes We have access to the Community Mental Health Team
Community Health Yes We work closely with community groups such as Alzheimers Society, Parkinsons, Diabetic, Stroke, RSA, Hospice, District Nursing, Arthritis Society, Blind Foundation,
Clinical Management Yes We have a full time Prinicpal Nurse/Manager working at Lara Lodge
Other Specialties Yes We work closely with specialist nurses at Lakes DHB
Updated: 27 Sep 2021
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
Other Short Stay Programme Yes
High Care Needs Yes
Subsidised Yes
Private Paying Yes
Booking can be made in advance Yes When available to do so.
Updated: 6 Nov 2020
Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes Yes! We encourage folk to bring the things that matter to them - this includes furniture and personal items.
Single Rooms Yes
Shared Rooms No However if our larger rooms were available and siblings, friends or a couple wanted to share, the opportunity would be available to do so.
Rooms suitable for a couple Yes Three large bedrooms are suitable for couples.
Ensuite Yes Most rooms have an en-suite with hand basin and toilet. There are three shower areas throughout the complex.
Alcohol Permitted Yes Yes. Plus we have a regular "happy hour" with varied forms of entertainment while finger food plus various beverages are served and also at celebrations and events.
Pets In Residence Yes We have 2 resident cats - Amber (Garfields twin!) and Millie. We welcome the families that bring a pet to visit (by arrangement.
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes We welcome discussions regarding the possibility of bringing your own pet from home
Phone Access In Own Room Yes A phone is available in the entrance lounge. A wireless phone can be installed in your room, please speak with Walter about this.
Wifi Yes Yes Wifi is available please discuss with Walter.
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes Assistance can be given if required to do this.
Cater for under 65 yrs with Disability Yes We welcome all enquiries.
Lounges/seating areas Yes We have 3 lounge areas. 1 music lounge, 1 reading lounge both of which have flat screen TV's. The main entrance lounge opens on the the extensive rear north facing decking with views to the rear gardens.
Primary Health Funded Short Term Care Yes We work in with community based agencies, providing short term care following discharge from hospital, prior to returning home
Provide End of Life/Palliative Care Yes We provide palliative care with the support of Hospice
Palliative Care Contract Yes
Day Programme for day stay clients Yes We welcome all enquiries.
Outings Yes We have 3 vehicles with competent drivers.
Whanau Room Yes We have a lovely quiet lounge that can be made available during the day for family to gather. Although we do not have a specific room available, arrangements can be made with management to accommodate Whanau if they wish to stay.
Maori Kaupapa Yes
Residents Committee Yes There is a monthly resident meeting. We encourage and value feedback from Residents on all issues. Minutes are typed and distributed.
Family Committee No We meet regularly with family members to review the care plan for the resident. We have an 'open door' policy that encourages family/whanau to approach management regarding concerns at any time.
Newsletter Yes Our newsletter is produced monthly and includes birthdays, items of interest, current events, visits, topical news and a humorous section.
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes Please see Selena, Mellisa or Greeshma for details relating to this policy.
Confused Residents Yes
Smokers Room No We are governed by the Rotorua Lakes Council and DHB Non Smoking Policies.
Semi-Secure Yes An alarm system has been installed to alert staff when exit doors have been opened. We have access to tracking devices if required which are monitored by the Police.
Updated: 6 Nov 2020
Special Features
Special Features
On arrival, a visitor may be momentarily taken aback if expecting to visit some sort of 'institution' as the building looks no different to the surrounding private homes in a truly wonderful neighbourhood. We are a large residential Home in the circle of the quiet cul-de-sac area of Pegasus Drive.

Originally Lara Lodge was set up to create a home for the Elderly that was a "real home". This is the same vision we carry through with today.

From the delightful entry, to the comfortable luxury of three lounges, classy dining room and super sized bedrooms the impression is one of large colonial style family home with 'old world' features.

The large north facing deck which is sheltered from the prevailing wind is entered from either the main entrance lounge or West Wing lounge looks out to the delightful grounds that give a colourful display come Spring, Summer and Autumn while Winter sees the Camelias, Cyclamens, Helloborus and Rhododendrons in bloom.

Our bedrooms enjoy a scenic outlook; some have their own private balconies. The most striking impression is the size and the individual style of each room (these are upgraded and redecorated as needed). Most have their own basin/toilet bathroom and the bedroom is spacious enough to have a comfortable recliner which means that residents can feel cosy in the privacy of their own rooms. Added to this each person knows that immediate attention can be obtained by the push of a button away using the call bell system.

A resident's telephone is available for general use in the main lounge. For a small additional cost you may wish for us to arrange your own private phone line and or internet connection.
And of course you may also wish to arrange for Sky installation to be installed on your own Television in your bedroom.

Meals: All are cooked in our kitchen and we have the added benefit of our Resident owner Walter with his chef training and hotel industry background. Baking is regularly done with a variety of yummy delights being produced by competant cooks.

Celebrating events is a part of life at Lara Lodge and we enjoy special occassions together such as Mid-winter Christmas, Easter Sunday, Valentines, Christmas, birthdays, staff achievements.

Updated: 29 Jun 2017
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Age Concern, Large print books, Bingo, Board Games, Bowls, Breakfast in bed, Bridge, Cards, Concerts, Entertainment, Exercises, Games, Beautiful landscaped Gardens, Happy Hour, Indoor Games, Inter Residential Competitions, Access to Mobile Library, Music, Outings, Pianist, Religious Services, Quizzes, Sing-a-longs, Videos, Art, Children visiting, , Craft, Email, Fax, Games, Garden, Jigsaw, Mah Jong, Movies, Activity programme
Updated: 29 Jun 2017
Additional Information
Additional Information
Topic Details
What's included in your fees and what's not If you would like to know more about our Fee details, please feel free to contact Simone on 07 347 7604
Staffing qualifications and details Staff are trained to a high standard, with ongoing in house education. Staff are committed to providing a safe and caring environment. A Registered Nurse is available 24 hours/7 days a week. Routine monthly visits by doctors or more frequently as required.
Details about meals Meals and baking are prepared in our Kitchen. The menu is varied and is audited regularly by our resident Chef. We ensure that meals are balanced and nutritious and not simply a repeat each 4 weeks. Special dietary requirements are available on request.
Updated: 1 Jul 2017
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
Afrikaans Yes
English Yes
Fijian No Resident
Fijian Indian Yes
German Yes
Hindi Yes
Interpreter Yes Lara Lodge will organize interpreters for Resdidents and their Families, as requested
Maori - Te Reo Yes
Samoan Yes
Tagalog Yes
Updated: 1 Jul 2017
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Anglican Yes
Baptist Yes
Brethren Yes
Christian Yes
Denominations/Faiths represented Yes Anglican, Presbyterian and Roman Catholic clergy visit regularly.
Evangelical Yes
Inter denominational Yes
Non denominational Yes
Roman Catholic Yes
Seventh Day Adventist Yes
(Other comments) Yes All religious affiliations needs met as requested
Updated: 1 Jul 2017
Location Distance Details
Public Transport 0.50 Km The excellent bus service Rotorua provides has a stop on Orion Street less than 5 minutes walk. Enjoy a comfortable ride on the City Buses which regularly travel into town throughout the day.
Shops 3.00 Km The local dairy is a leisurely stroll away and its approx 3km into the centre of town.
Mall 3.00 Km Rotorua Central Mall.
Parks 3.00 Km The world famous (and very beautiful) Government Gardens. Several Rose garden parks. Kuirau Park which has the Saturday morning markets. Rotorua Lake Front.
Library 3.00 Km We can arrange a trip to the library. Plus we have a selection of books. Arrangements for talking books, movies etc can be made for your enjoyment.
Updated: 1 Jul 2017
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
Other details Yes Lakes DHB audit Ministry of Health Financial Audit
Updated: 1 Jul 2017

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