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O'Conor Home
Rest Home
190 Queen Street
Westport 7825
Postal Address
Same as above
West Coast
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Susan Watson - (03) 788 8210
O'Conor Home Memorial Trust
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MISSION STATEMENT: To provide quality residential care for the older people in our community.

1. As professionals, we are committed to assisting residents within our care to attain their optimum level of health and comfort.
2. As professionals, we acknowledge that each individual brings with them their life experiences, their place in the family, community and culture to which they belong, as well as their physical, psychological and spiritual self.
3. We believe that all care should be planned in consultation with the resident and/or family/whanau/significant others.
4. We believe that only the highest standards of care are acceptable and all staff are involved in the planning, delivery and evaluation of care.
5. We encourage the family/whanau to take an active role in caring for the resident, particularly those for whom death is the next stage of life.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 16 Jan 2015
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 22
Vacancy Yes
Certified to provide residential and hospital level care
Impending vacancy No - currently all beds full
Premium Room Charges Some Rooms from $15.00/day up to $20.00/day as at 06 Nov 2020
MOH Certification and Audit Report View MOH certification and audit report (opens in a new tab)
Extra admission requirements due to COVID-19 Please enquire
Updated: 16 Aug 2022
Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse 40 Yes Seven registered nurses providing care over 24 hours.
Nurse Practitioner No Nurse Manager, available Monday to Friday 8.00am - 4.30pm
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers 24 / 7 Yes 33 full time, part time and casual care givers. Cover all shifts 24 hours per day, 7 days per week
Physiotherapist Yes
Occupational Therapist Yes
Social Worker (on site) Yes
Diversional Therapist 40 Yes A qualified Diversional Therapist has daily activities planned for the individaul and groups. Volunteers assist with larger group outings.
Activities Co-ordinator Yes
Hairdresser Yes Wednesday and Thursday mornings
Podiatrist Yes Regular 6 weekly visits
Dietitian Yes Access as requried
Kaumatua Yes Access as requried
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes Chapel on site - Thursday morning services. Monthly interdenominaitonal service on a Sunday afternoon. Monthly Salvation Army meetings
Other Personnel Yes Quality Assurance co-ordinator - full time. Two cooks, 4 dining room assistants. Groundsman/Caretaker
Updated: 5 Mar 2012
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise Status Details
Oxygen Management Yes Through Buller Hospital and District Nurses.
Gastronomy/Nasogastric Management No Through Buller Hospital and district Nurses.
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes Staff are trained in palliative care and is an extension of our care duties.
Wound Care Yes Onsite wound care, comprehensive stock on hand, specialist dressing supplies as rerquried. Back up support through Buller Hospital and District Nurses.
Diabetic Care Yes Staff are trained in diabetic observations and care. Back up support through Buller Hospital and Diabetic Nurse.
Continence Advice Yes Through Buller Hospital and Continence Advisor
Stomal Therapy No Through Buller Hospital and Palliative Care Nurse
Stroke Rehabilitation Yes Through Greymouth Base Rehabilitation unit and we continue regimes set in place.
Infection Control Yes Staff are trained in principles of infection control. Advice is taken from Bug Control and infection nurse, Greymouth Hospital.
Surgical Followup Yes Through local GP and visiting specialists.
Psychiatric Care Yes As needed through Coast Mental Health.
Updated: 2 May 2011
Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes Personalised furniture can be arranged prior to admission.
Single Rooms Yes 30 single rooms.
Shared Rooms Yes Two shared rooms with ensuites.
Rooms suitable for a couple Yes Two rooms with ensuites.
Ensuite Yes Ten single rooms with ensuites.
Alcohol Permitted Yes Pre drinks Sunday lunch time and at residnet's discretion.
Pets In Residence Yes Two house cats - Ginger and Spicey.
Phone Access In Own Room Yes Some rooms have phone jacks insitu.
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes All rooms have wall heaters.
Cater for under 65 yrs with Disability Yes According to bed availiability and category we can accomodate under 65 year olds.
Lounges/seating areas Yes Two extensive lounges at either end of the building with fires. Smaller lounge opens onto courtyard. Lobby sitting area and other private nooks.
Day Programme for day stay clients Yes On assessment through CareLink we offer day service Monday to Friday.
Outings Yes Regularly to events and weekly shopping bus. Every second Sunday a bus drive to sight see. Monthly meal outing, library trips.
Newsletter Yes The manager updates residents and families twice yearly on occasions, staffing and the Home happenings.
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Confused Residents Yes
Rural Setting Yes On large established grounds, old trees, rose gardens and safe walking areas surrounded by dairy farm and Buller river
Smokers Room No Small sunny area with limited seating, meets certification requriements.
Smoking Permitted Yes Outside on verandahs, also covered area in courtyard.
Semi-Secure Yes
Updated: 29 Nov 2013
Special Features
Special Features
Background: Eugene O'Conor bequeathed land and property to a Trust for "the establishment of an institution for rearing and training destitute children and taking charge of old people".

The Rest Home was built in 1917 and run by the Sisters of Mercy until 1986. Since that date it has been run on a commercial basis by paid staff.

O'Conor Home has 32 rooms and is licensed for 34 residents. Set in rural surroundings on the outskirts of town, the original buildings maintain a dignified air of peacefulness. Mature trees, beautiful gardens and well kept grounds offer a relaxed and private setting for residents.
Updated: 12 Feb 2009
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
A weekly Activity programme is in place and co-ordinated by our Diversional Therapist. Those residents wishing to participate are encouraged to join in the daily events and activities.

Many residents have regular meetings and engagements in the community, plus family and friends in and out of the Home.

Cards, Care and Craft, Chapel, Church, Concerts, Craft, Digital camera, Electric beds, Entertainers, Email, Entertainment, Exercises, Fax, Games, Garden, Gardening, Happy Hour, Housie, Indoor Games, Internet, Jigsaws, Log fire, Music, Newspaper reading, Organ, Outings, Pianist, Picnic facilities, Quizzes, Senior Citizens, Shopping bus, Sing-a-longs, Videos, Womens Institute and many more activities supported by the Home and the community
Updated: 7 Nov 2011
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
English Yes English is the language spoken at O'Conor Home. We have access to interpreters should we require assistance with other languages.
Updated: 1 Oct 2010
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Anglican Yes
Baptist Yes
Christian Yes
Inter denominational Yes
Methodist Yes
Presbyterian Yes
Roman Catholic Yes
Salvation Army Yes
Updated: 12 Feb 2009
Location Distance Details
Public Transport We have no public transport system past the Home but have a wheelchair van used for resident appointments and meetings. The wheelchair bus is available for large group outings.
Shops 1.50 Km The main shopping area is 1.5km away and open 5 and a half days a week.
Parks 0.50 Km Native reserve within easy walking distance and more parks in town.
Library 1.50 Km Located in the main shopping area.
Updated: 12 Feb 2009
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
National Certificate in Diversional Therapy Yes
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Yes We are a current member.
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA)
Updated: 12 Feb 2009

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