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Leighton House
Rest Home Care
2 Cheeseman Road
Inner Kaiti
Gisborne 4010
Postal Address
PO Box 803, Gisborne 4040
(06) 867 7697
(06) 868 6352
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Teresa McGregor (operations manager)
Dementia Care NZ
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Our vision:

At Leighton House we create a loving, warm and homely atmosphere where each person is supported to experience each moment richly.

Our values:

We strive to achieve this vision by promoting:
• The uniqueness of each person
• The immense value of each person
• Openness, honesty and integrity

In these ways, we enrich each person, the community and the world.

Dementia Care NZ is one of New Zealand’s highly regarded aged care providers.
We provide a full range of residential care including general rest home care, dementia rest home care, general hospital level care, and dementia hospital level care.

At many of our facilities, a full continuum of care is available.
We specialize in person-centred care.

This is the work we have passionately chosen to do.

Our Philosophy:

1. Connecting with each person we care for as we would a very best friend means that people feel loved and important. A best friend accepts you as you are, believes in you, forgives your mistakes, really listens to you, jokes with you and loves to hear you laugh.

2. Families/whanau become part of the community we have. They are involved in their loved one’s care. They are encouraged to share their in-depth and intimate knowledge of their loved one. There is much honesty and openness. This builds trusting relationships between us all. We know family, and family know us.

3. A home that provides people with stability. Things seem familiar – a private bedroom with things in it from home, sunny spots to sit in, a garden.

4. Each staff person is someone with ability and with a potential for growth. There is much opportunity for every staff member. Each staff member can have a positive impact on residents, their family and their team.

5. Ensuring that people can continue with their old roles, if they wish, like collecting the mail, folding the washing, sweeping the floor means that they have a purpose in life. They can be involved in the running of their home.

6. As we work in these ways, people are more contented and participate in life more fully. They have their greatest chance at being physically healthy and emotionally the best they can be.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
Additional Room CostsYes
Updated: 14 Oct 2015
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care32
Long term vacancyYes
Short term vacancyYes
Our rooms at Leighton House are spacious, warm and bright. Please see our comprehensive website for further information at www.leightonhouse.co.nz
Impending vacancyYes
Updated: 21 Jul 2017
TypeHours Per WeekStatusDetails
Registered Nurse Yes Monday through Friday 8am - 5pm and also on call
Physiotherapist 0.00 Yes As required if arrangements are made and at resident's own expense
Occupational Therapist 0.00 Yes Can be arranged through Gisborne Hospital
Own Social Worker 0.00 No A Social Worker can be arranged through Gisborne Hospital
Activities Co-ordinator Yes Organises a daily programme of activities in the home Monday through Friday. Also organises regular outings to join other groups in the community or to attend public events.
Hairdresser Yes Hairdresser visits Tuesday through Friday. Appointments are made and residents pay privately
Podiatrist Yes Visits to the home are arranged as necessary
Dietitian Yes Arrangements made as requied through Gisborne Hospital
Kaumatua Yes
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes A Catholic Lay Minister holds a communion service weekly. The Anglican Church holds a communion service monthly. The Presbyterian Church holds a service 3-monthly. Other ministers visit as required for their parishoners.
Updated: 21 Feb 2012
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of ExpertiseStatusDetails
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes Available On Call
Oxygen Management Yes
Surgical Followup Yes Available as needed
Wound Care Yes Nurse Specialist advice availabel on request from Gisborne Hospital
Diabetic Care Yes Nurse Specialist advice availabel on request from Gisborne Hospital
Continence Advisor Yes Nurse Specialist advice availabel on request from Gisborne Hospital
Infection Control Yes Nurse Specialist advice availabel on request from Gisborne Hospital
Stomal Therapist Yes Nurse Specialist advice availabel on request from Gisborne Hospital
Psychiatric Care Yes Crisis Team available On Call
Stroke Rehabilitation Yes Nurse Specialist advice availabel on request from Gisborne Hospital
Gerontological Care Yes Available on request from Gisborne Hospital
Clinical Manager Yes Arrah Mabias is our clinical manager
Psychologist Yes Available on request from Gisborne Hospital
Psychiatrist Yes Available on request from Gisborne Hospital
Updated: 7 Nov 2016
Under 65 yrs with Disability Yes Age related disabilities are catered for people under 65 yrs
Day Care Yes Day Care includes the midday meal. Evening meal can be arranged if needed.
Palliative Care Contract Yes Palliative Care Team available when arrangements are made by the resident's own doctor and our Registered Nurse
Rooms (Single) Yes Forty-four single rooms - 19 with a private ensuite, 18 with a shared ensuite
Rooms (Shared) Yes Six rooms are shared - two people per room - which are ideal for married couples
Rooms (Suit Couple) Yes
Ensuite Yes Thirty seven rooms have either a private ensuite or a shared ensuite
May Bring Own Furniture Yes Residents may bring any furniture that fits into their room. Lazy boy chairs encouraged
Alcohol Permitted Yes Some residents have wine with their meal
Pets In Residence Yes A cat is in residence, dogs visit from time to time
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes Under special circumstances this can be arranged
Phone Access In Own Room Yes Telephone points are available in all rooms
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes Central heating provided thoroughout the home
Maori Kaupapa Yes
Residents Committee Yes Residents' meetings held bi-monthly
Newsletter Yes Monthly
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes Crisis Team On Call
Confused Residents Yes Mildly confused elderly are accepted in our home
Lounges/seating areas Yes Three lounges with lovely outlooks, two over the river. Other outdoor seating areas are available.
Outings Yes Families and friends are encouraged to take their loved ones out, but we do arrange regular outings also.
Rural Setting Yes Set on the banks of the Waimata River in a residential area
Smokers Room Yes Residents may smoke in the court yard and garden area
Smoking Permitted Yes However, not encouraged. Any smokers in residence do so outside the building
Semi-Secure Yes Secure indoor and outdoor areas including the gardens
Sprinklers Yes Top Class Fire Alarm and Sprinkler Systems
Audit report available Yes On Ministry of Health Website
Updated: 21 Feb 2012
Special Features
Special Features
Leighton House is situated in spacious grounds with stunning views of the Waimata River and the two spectacularly-lit bridges which span it. Our gardens have been well placed in recent garden competitions.

Originally built as a convalescent home near the heart of the city, Leighton House has been extensively renovated and extended and is now a fully-licensed stage 2 rest home, with fire safety and health standards which exceed current stringent fire and safety requirements.

The home has Ministry of Health Certification and is audited by the Ministry of Health on an annual basis.

Most of Leighton House's 56 beds are in comfortable single rooms, all attractively decorated and well appointed with ensuites, wardrobes, chairs and telephone points, and SKY TV is available. Six equally-comfortable double rooms mean married couples can also be catered for.

Extensive decks give residents an opportunity to sit outside and enjoy Gisborne's famous sunny weather.

Enquiries are welcome.
Updated: 21 Feb 2012
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Activities are arranged by our on site Activities Coordinator to cater for the needs and interests of the residents.

These include outings to join residents from other rest homes for morning tea, lunches at the Cosmopolitan Club.

Visits to clubs where possible are encouraged, e.g. Sherwood Club run by the Alzheimer's Society, Care & Craft, the Stroke Club, Senior Citizens, Enliven and the Blind Association.

Group activities include Bowls, Movement with Music, Painting & Art, Cooking, Word Games & Quizes, Housie.

Visiting pets are popular with the residents.

Weekly visits by local musicians, singers and dancers provide a cheerful, light atmosphere as the music filters throughout the home.
Updated: 21 Feb 2012
Additional Information
Additional Information
Details re Meals Seasonal Menu, Main Meal served at midday
Staffing Details Registered Nurse daytime hours and On Call
Fees Details/Fees Do Not Include Hair cutting/perms/sets, podiatry, bus trips, special outings, personal hygiene, personal shopping are available at the resident's own expense.
Updated: 21 Feb 2012
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
English Yes
Fijian Indian Yes Staff Member
Interpreter Yes Local interpreters are available through Leighton House include speakers of Tongan, Mandarin, Cantonese, Dutch, Deaf, German, French, Japanese.
Maori - Te Reo Yes Staff Member
Samoan Yes Staff Member
Tongan Yes Staff Member
Updated: 21 Feb 2012
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual AffiliationsStatusDetails
Anglican Yes Minister visits regularly Communion Service held the second Thursday of every month
Baptist Yes As requried
Christian Yes As required
Denominations/Faiths represented Yes As required
Hindu Yes As required
Inter denominational Yes Monthly Church Service
Jehovah Witness Yes Members visit those who belong to their church
Methodist Yes As required
Non denominational Yes
Presbyterian Yes Holds a service 3 monthly
Ratana Yes As required
Roman Catholic Yes Lay Minister visits weekly to give communion
Salvation Army Yes As required
Seventh Day Adventist Yes As required
(Other comments) Yes All religions and denominations are always welcome
Updated: 21 Feb 2012
Public Transport 0.30 km The City Bus stops in Rutene Road, one block away. However we rely on the Sunshine Bus Service which is operated by a community trust for those who are less mobile.
Shops 0.50 km Dairy and other shops are in Wainui Road, two blocks away.
Mall 1.00 km Kaiti Mall shopping centre includes doctors' surgery, a pharmacy, grocery and other shops. The town centre is 1 km away.
Parks 0.20 km Anzac Park is in easy walking distance with a beautiful river running along side.
Library 1.00 km The city library also services our home and books are changed monthly.
Updated: 21 Feb 2012
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & MembershipStatusDetails
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Yes
Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available. Yes On Ministry of Health Website
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Rest Home MOH Audit Report Available.
Updated: 21 Feb 2012
What's New
What's New
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10th July 2017- Four years certification for Leighton House:

We are delighted to announce that Leighton House has recently received four years certification from the Ministry of Health audit. This is the highest result possible and is a testament to the commitment and professionalism of our management and staff team in maintaining exceptional quality standards. 
Leighton House is currently the only rest home in Gisborne to have 4 year certification.
We would like to acknowledge the wonderful work of our staff team in achieving this result. We are enormously proud of you all.






5th May 2017


Warmest Greetings


With great pleasure we would like to announce the appointment of Walter Aupouri as the Clinical Manager of Leighton House, Gisborne.


Walter, who is originally from Gisborne, has spent a number of years working in Brisbane caring for people with chronic illness. With this valuable experience combined with post graduate nursing study Walter is well equipped in terms of both qualifications and experience to join Teresa in leading our Leighton team into the future.


Walter joined us on 6th March 2017, and is already well established in his new role.


We would love to welcome you to Leighton to meet him and hear more about the special care we offer at both Rest Home and Hospital level.


Warmest regards


Ruth Babonnick
National Clinical Manager






29th January 2014




Warmest greetings!




We are writing to advise you about an important extension to the service we provide at Leighton House.


We have recently undertaken a special audit to enable us to provide hospital care at Leighton House This will be in addition to the existing rest home care, and will represent a significant extension of  the service we currently provide to our residents.


Hospital care will be provided in the East Wing. This bright and sunny area of our home has its own lounge with ample decking and views of the gardens. The bedrooms are sunny and spacious. We will soon be installing a homely kitchenette which will create a very special little self-contained home for just 11 people. It will be a very warm, cosy, comfortable place to be. The unique environment will be welcoming and tranquil, a home away from home for those frail people requiring this specialised care.


A registered nurse will be on duty 24 hours a day seven days a week.


The addition of hospital care to our services at Leighton means that when our residents become more frail they will be able to stay on at Leighton instead of needing to transfer elsewhere.  It is important that residents can stay here in the place that is their home, with the people who know them well and know just how to care for them.  It brings a measure of comfort to residents and their families and friends knowing that they will not have to move.


Hospital care will be delivered with the same loving care and uncompromising standards Leighton House is known for. The service will be available from 3rd February onwards.


We will be delighted to answer any questions you may have regarding this new service.


Yours sincerely




Teresa McGregor                                            Jill Moroney
Operations Manager                                       Clinical Manager

New era for Leighton House

Dementia Care NZ has purchased Leighton House and takes over the facility on 11 July 2013.

The group of companies is co-owned and run by business partners Alison Hume and Jim Haines. 

Their expertise is in the redevelopment of aged care facilities, specialising in the care of elderly people.

They are currently successfully running seven facilities, two in Christchurch, one in Blenheim, one in Nelson, one in Waikanae, one in Levin and one in Wellington. They are highly experienced in all aspects of the development and management of a successful aged care facility.

The key to the success of the organisation is its total focus on providing best care for residents. "Our staff are a vital element in the successful provision of the person-centred care we provide," said Alison Hume. " It is essential to have caregiving and nursing staff with appropriate qualification and experience, and above all, with the 'knack' of working positively with the elderly, vulnerable and frail. Choosing the very best staff is key to the successful running of our homes."

Alison Hume and Jim Haines are working closely with the outgoing management of Leighton House to ensure a successful handover. "We have experience in ensuring that transitions of this nature occur smoothly and with the least possible stress. We are known for our open communication, transparency and highly person-centred approach to care, and for our strong focus on providing love and support to residents and their families at every stage of the residential care journey," says Alison Hume.

"This is the work we have chosen to do. In each of our homes we create a loving, warm and homely atmosphere where each person is supported to experience each moment richly.  Each person has their greatest chance of being physically healthy and emotionally the best they can be."

"Above all, openness, honesty and integrity are central to our philosophy of care.