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Selwyn Heights village
Rest Home Care
42 Herd Road
Auckland 1042
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09 624 2600
(09) 624 2602
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Veena Kaur - Acting Manager - (09) 624 2600
The Selwyn Foundation Group
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View from the Activities Room, Selwyn Heights Rest Home

- with The Selwyn Foundation Group at Selwyn Heights Village.

Selwyn Heights Retirement Village is situated on a commanding site at 42 Herd Road, Hillsborough, Auckland. We offer a continuum of quality Christian Care, having a Rest Home and Hospital together with Villas and Apartments for independent living.

The Village is set within beautiful gardens and is adjacent to Monte Cecelia Park, close to public transport and the Royal Oak Shopping Mall. Our Rest Home has single rooms, each with its own semi ensuite.

Selwyn Heights aims to provide a warm and friendly environment, meeting all individual needs. We want all our residents to have an enjoyable time - our manager is happy to meet with you to talk over any concerns you may have. Your feedback is valued.

Caregivers and other professional staff are trained to meet the particular needs of those in their care. We provide a comprehensive medical service through our two on-site medical officers. The hospital is staffed with registered nurses 24 hours each day.

This is your home and you are free to come and go as you please. However we do ask that you inform staff of your whereabouts when leaving the Village. Let us know of your outside interests, so staff may help you to maintain such links.

Please feel encouraged to bring such personal things as your own furniture, pictures, photographs, treasured mementos and television set. Other furniture may be provided for residents as needed. A telephone may be connected to your room through our PABX exchange system. There is a small line charge which also covers all local calls.

There is open visiting - your family and friends are always made very welcome.

Spacious lounges are scattered throughout, places for the residents to spend time with family and friends or simply enjoy peace and quiet for which the gardens also provide a wonderful haven. Digital Sky TV is available in the Main lounge on a 52” screen. Kitchenettes are available in each wing of the Rest Home where residents are welcome to make a cuppa for themselves or visitors at any time.

A convenience store caters for basic needs - and extra items may be purchased on request. The Auckland library bus visits the village every fortnight and we have library corners where residents may select books. Laundry facilities are available for residents who prefer to do their own washing - we ask that your clothing is labelled before taking up residence.

Our friendly receptionist is able to help you in many ways, including . . .
- Arranging to have your newspaper delivered to your room.
- Supplying stamps and helping with overseas mailing.
- Seeing to your transport needs. (A Stagecoach bus timetable is also at reception.)
- Arranging appointments with our hairdresser, the manicurist, and with visiting physiotherapists, the podiatrist and hearing aid specialist.
- Organise dry cleaning
- Help to manage your money, through operating a personal petty cash account and paying any bills you may incur. Arrange for our administrator to help with other financial questions.

All diets and appetites are catered for - you may prefer a salad to hot vegetables for example. You are also welcome to have family or a guest for lunch at a small charge payable to reception.

Church services open to residents, friends and family of all denominations are held on Wednesdays and Sundays in the chapel. Our chaplain is on-site for your spiritual needs.

A monthly timetable of our comprehensive activities programme is given to all residents and displayed throughout the village - and an activity ‘hot-line’ is updated daily. Opportunities include . . .
- Games, Quizzes and Crosswords.
- Music, sing-a-longs, and exercise sessions.
- Crafts and Group discussions.
- Happy Hours, Birthday and other celebrations.
- Concerts and Movies.
- Regular mini-bus outings and weekly shopping trips.

- Valuables. Although the Foundation cannot accept responsibility for lost or damaged property, valuable items may be given to the manager for safe keeping. A locked drawer is provided in each Rest Home room.
- Fire: Smoke detectors and sprinklers are installed throughout. Should you hear an alarm, please stay where you are. Our staff have fire evacuation procedures in place - you can feel safe in their hands.
- Visitors Book. Please ask relatives and friends to sign the visitor signing in/out book. This is monitored to help ensure the safety of all our people.

We have areas set aside for smokers. Please respect your neighbours by not having your TV or radio on too loudly. In place of individual pets, our shared village pets include cats, fish and birds.

- The Selwyn Foundation has been around for a very long time.

Selwyn’s residents mirror New Zealand society as a whole, having people from all kinds of backgrounds, life experiences and interests. These days, people entering our retirement villages are older - now that people are living and remaining active for much longer.

Nevertheless, people residing in Rest Homes as well as those living independently, are encouraged to live as full a life as is humanly possible through maintaining existing links with community activities such as the RSA Club, local churches, Probus, U3A and sports clubs. Organised activities are on offer too – and managers are always interested in hearing of new ideas for activities, outings and social gatherings.

Today’s retirement villages are the culmination of over 50 years of progress. It was towards the late 1940s that the Anglican Church’s Auckland City Mission became very concerned about the plight of elderly people to cope in sometimes dilapidated houses, often too large for them once children had grown up and moved away.

The Mission had already done considerable work with older people by 1954 when the first 20 retired people became residents at Selwyn Village in Point Chevalier. This was the first rest home and retirement complex of its kind built in New Zealand. It still exists, although almost grown beyond recognition.

In 1967, the Mission arranged for the creation of The Selwyn Foundation as a separate charitable trust, specifically set up to look after this special concern for the needs of older people in our society.

Named after George Augustus Selwyn, first Anglican Bishop of New Zealand, the Foundation is an independent perpetual trust and not-for-profit organisation. Selwyn owns or manages retirement facilities in Northland, throughout greater Auckland and in the Waikato. It continues to grow and flourish - it is here to stay!

- Providing quality Christian care for the elderly.

The Selwyn Foundation Group invites you to take a closer look at our commitment to Christian values, quality care, accommodation and services, which continue to make us a leader in the provision of a wide range of accommodation and service options for the elderly in New Zealand.

It is committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of all residents through the ‘Selwyn Way’ wellness concept.

The Selwyn Foundation Group owns and manages a number of facilities throughout the North Island, and is one of the largest not-for-profit providers of aged care in New Zealand.

We place a high value on honesty and mutual respect. We strive to see our people fulfilled through the creation of work environments, where openness, communication, teamwork and safety are paramount. Our staff and volunteers share a specific interest in older adults, and undertake ongoing training in the particular needs of those in their care.

We strive to achieve excellence, continually seeking means for improvement and innovation in our care and services. Furthermore, we will, with integrity, adopt the highest standards of ethical behaviour in all our activities: care, legal, financial, environmental and all business practices.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 27 Mar 2012
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 11
Vacancy No
Impending vacancy No
Additional Room CostsYes
Updated: 18 Oct 2019
TypeHours Per WeekStatusDetails
Registered Nurse 24/7 Yes
Enrolled Nurse Yes
Physiotherapist Yes Our physiotherapist visits regularly.
Occupational Therapist Negotiable Occupational therapy is available by arrangement
Activities Co-ordinator Yes The Activities Coordinator is responsible for arranging a wide range of events and activities tailored to the needs and capabilities of our residents.
Hairdresser Yes Appointments with our hairdresser are arranged through our receptionist
Podiatrist Negotiable Our podiatrist visits regularly to meet with residents by appointment.
Dietitian Negotiable All dietary needs may be catered for.
Kaumatua Negotiable Maori cultural needs may be met as requested.
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes Our on-site chaplain offers personal attention to residents' requests and well as conducting worship services open to people of all Christian denominations.
Other Personnel Yes A hearing-aid specialist is on call as required.
Updated: 16 Oct 2007
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of ExpertiseStatusDetails
Oxygen Management Yes
Continence Advice Yes
Infection Control Yes We have a nurse on our staff responsible for infection control.
Updated: 16 Oct 2007
May Bring Own Furniture Yes
Single Rooms Yes
Ensuite Yes 'Semi-ensuites' are installed
Alcohol Permitted Yes
Phone Access In Own Room Yes
Lounges/seating areas Yes
Outings Yes
Whanau Room Yes
Residents Committee Yes Residents' representatives meet in a monthly forum meeting.
Newsletter Yes
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Confused Residents Yes
Smoking Permitted Yes Smokers are able to use designated outside areas.
Updated: 16 Oct 2007
Special Features
Special Features
Our Village has marvellous surroundings - being situated next to Monte Cecelia Park. We also have hospital care on site.
Updated: 16 Oct 2007
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Activity programme, Art, Cards, Chapel, Concerts, Craft, Entertainers, Entertainment, Exercises, Games, Garden, Happy Hour, Jigsaw, Minibus, Quizzes, Park, Pastoral care, Sing-a-longs, Videos, Views, Shopping, Birthday and other celebrations, Crosswords, Group Discussions.
Updated: 16 Oct 2007
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Cook Island Maori Yes
English Yes
Fijian Indian Yes
Hindi Yes
Indonesian Yes
Niuean Yes
Rarotongan Yes
Samoan Yes
Tongan Yes
Other Information Yes With people from many countries being represented among staff members and residents - at any time we may be able to offer languages other than those listed. Should the services of an interpreter be required - please ask our manager.
Updated: 9 Aug 2012
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual AffiliationsStatusDetails
Anglican Yes
Christian Yes
Denominations/Faiths represented Yes People of many religious faiths and backgrounds are to be found among Selwyn Heights residents and staff members. All are welcome.
Roman Catholic Yes
(Other comments) Yes Our Chaplaincy Service is available to everybody.
Updated: 16 Oct 2007
Public Transport   Stagecoach buses stop nearby - outside the main gate.
Shops   Selwyn Heights has a 'convenience' shop on-site.
Mall 3.00 km The Royal Oak Mall and other shops are approximately 3 kilometers from Selwyn Heights.
Parks   Monte Cecelia Park is right alongside our Village.
Library   We have 'library corners' at various locations on site - and the Auckland Mobile Library visits bi-weekly.
Updated: 16 Oct 2007
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RCStatusDetails
New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) Yes
Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA) Yes
Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA)
Updated: 17 Oct 2007

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