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Ropata Lodge
Rest Home Care
57 Ropata Crescent
Lower Hutt 5010
Postal Address
57 Ropata Crescent
Lower Hutt 5010
Hutt Valley
(04) 920 0846
(04) 920 0847
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Angela Dodd - (04) 920 0846
Ropata Lodge Limited
Office Administrator
Wendy Henry - (04) 920 0846
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Leaky building, moldy rooms, lousy food

My mum lives here and it was a real bad decision. She lived in a room that had black mould in the carpet for a few years and then was moved into another room. When I visit her after rainy days she has 2 buckets collecting drips, and she has another apartment above her! There is also mould in the bedroom cupboards from leaks.
Apart from food that she always complains about, the rest home forced her to change her phone when they changed to an internet phone service and she now struggles to hear on the phone. The rest home has a sky/tv package in her rental agreement and when her tv packed up they said she would be quicker to buy another tv than wait for the rest home to get a replacement.

Mum originally bought her own apartment and then made a substantial loss on her investment when she sold it back to the rest home (she had no choice but accept their offer).

While the staff are good and do their best on the limited budget, this is not the retirement I would want for my mum.

Provider response:

The original trust owner of Ropata went into liquidation. The current operator took over, and has been credited to provide rest home care. The operator brought her leaky unit off the resident, and moved the resident to another room at the residents request.
At the time the resident changed rooms, she declined Ropata's offer of a new TV, stating she wishes to remain with her own personal TV. After the move the residents TV ceased to work and asked for Ropata to supply a TV. Ropata informed the resident that a TV would be ordered as they are not an off the shelf TV, as this may take some time to come from the manufactures. Ropata suggested if the resident was unhappy with the time delay, that maybe a family member could supply one in the interim.
Work is continuing to fix the leaking issues, and there is no black mould present in any units or the building. Units have been redecorated and carpeted over the last 4 years.
Due to telecom suppliers discontinuing the copper cabling network in the near future, Ropata upgraded all the telephone systems to the new digital network for units and offices. These phones have been supplied by Ropata at no cost to residents.

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Vision Statement

"Supporting dignified independent living for the elderly"

Statement of Purpose

"To provide a high quality, diverse and non-institutional living environment; a place where residents can enjoy the safety and security of medical, domestic, and social support systems that are designed to uphold, but not intrude upon, their need and desire for independence.

To ensure that these facilities are available to residents with as wide a range of life experiences and income levels as possible."
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 1 Dec 2015
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 25
Premium Room Charges Some Rooms from $0/day up to $0/day as at 22 May 2020
MOH Certification and Audit Report View MOH certification and audit report (opens in a new tab)
Updated: 7 Aug 2020
I came to Ropata Lodge because of the great team work and the size of the units. I love having my own furniture in my unit so my grandkids can relate to my surroundings. The meals are wonderful and the everyday activities are wide and varied.
Raewyn Nelson

I was not coping at home when I got pneumonia so I came into Ropata Lodge for 2 weeks of respite care and loved it so much I stayed – in fact, I knew after 1 week that I wanted to stay. Everyone is so good to me here – kindness itself. I am very happy.
Barbara McCabe

I am very happy here – my family and I think it was definitely the right decision to come here. I am very satisfied with the caring attitude that the staff show towards all of us here. The activity programme is thoroughly worthwhile and caters for our needs. The food is very good too.
Grace Wood

Ropata Lodge is like a 5 Star Hotel but very homely. I love all the activities that are run during the week. I am looked after in all areas. It’s fantastic that I can put out my laundry in the morning and it’s back later in the day. I can’t complain about anything. Everything you ask for is here.
Denis Cody
Updated: 30 Nov 2018
TypeHours Per WeekStatusDetails
Registered Nurse Yes Our registered nurse provides 24-hour a day advice and guidance coverage.
Healthcare Assistants/Caregivers Yes Caregivers provide around the clock care with Registered Nurse either on site or on call 24 hours a day.
Physiotherapist Yes Private practitioner available at Ropata Medical Centre
Activities Co-ordinator Yes
Hairdresser Yes Private operator visits regularly.
Podiatrist Yes Private practitioner calls on regular cycle
Dietitian Yes Engaged on a consultancy basis
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes Communion held regularly and pastoral visits as requested.
Other Personnel Yes The manager runs the village on a day-to-day basis.
Updated: 1 Dec 2015
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
Booking can be made in advance Yes
Updated: 1 Dec 2015
May Bring Own Furniture Yes
Single Rooms Yes
Rooms suitable for a couple Yes
Ensuite Yes
Alcohol Permitted Yes
Phone Access In Own Room Yes
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes
Lounges/seating areas Yes Relax in the main lounge in front of the gas fire. Piano available. A lovely internal courtyard with outdoor seating and gardens is situated off the main lounge.
Primary Health Funded Short Term Care Yes
Outings Yes
Newsletter Yes
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Semi-Secure Yes
Updated: 1 Dec 2015
Special Features
Special Features
Ropata Lodge provides assisted supported living care for the elderly.

Some residents will be quite independent and others will require more personal care and / or nursing assistance.

Generally the Ropata has a few apartments available for short term stays for respite or convalescent care. This service is ideal for those people who may need care and support following hospital discharge or perhaps when their caregiver and / or family members are away on holiday. Clients of ACC and also private medical schemes use the services of Ropata Lodge from time to time.

Updated: 1 Dec 2015
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Ropata Lodge encourages residents to participate in activities of their choice. Our vision is for Ropata to be interacting with the community on many levels.

In-house programmes include: in-door bowls; bingo; quizzes; puzzles.

Groups of residents meet at their leisure for cards, scrabble and other games.

Fireside drinks are held on a fortnightly basis with finger food and entertainment provided.

Choirs and musical performers are invited to perform in the atrium on a regular basis.

A strong sense of belonging makes it easy for family members to organise additional activities such as video/DVD nights, craft workshops and outings.
Updated: 1 Dec 2015
Additional Information
Additional Information
Details about Meals Wholesome, nutritious meals and home baking are a feature at Ropata. Breakfast is served to individual apartments with lunch and tea served in the dining room. When necessary meals can be delivered to residents in their apartment.
Staffing Qualifications and Details A full time manager handles the day to day running, with support staff of Health Care Assistants, kitchen and cleaning staff.
What's included in your fees and what's not Respite / Convalescent Care fees depend on the level of care and support necessary for the welfare of the respite / convalescent care person. Full details are available by contacting our Manager, (04) 920 0846.
Updated: 1 Dec 2015
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
English Yes
Updated: 1 Dec 2015
Public Transport 0.01 km Almost at the door.
Shops 0.06 km Pak'n'Save. Lower Hutt CBD is 1.5km. Hutt Hospital 500m and there is an adjacent medical centre and pharmacy.
Mall 1.50 km Westfield Queensgate.
Parks 0.50 km Riverside walkway.
Library 2.00 km Lower Hutt public library, with Mobile Service also available.
Updated: 1 Dec 2015
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RCStatusDetails
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Yes
Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA) Yes
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA)
Updated: 1 Dec 2015

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