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Tuapeka Community Health
Rest Home
43 Whitehaven Street
Lawrence 9532
Postal Address
Same as above
Southern (Otago)
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Allana Wallis - (03) 4859050
Tuapeka Community Health Co Ltd - (03) 4859050
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Our mission statement is to provide Health Services for the Tuapeka/Lawrence community and this includes our 5 bedroomed rest home. This is situated within a beautiful garden setting that was a garden makeover by Maggie Barry and her team in 1999. We have a commitment to ensure that time spent in our rest home is always with a feeling of family love and attention from our highly trained staff and in a relaxed atmosphere. We invite you to view our information/details and arrange a visit with our Manager. Lawrence township is a new revived township with cafes and gift shops for family to visit.
Service/Facility Details
Service/Facility Details
Contract with DHBYes
ORA Applies No
Updated: 8 Apr 2013
Bed and Vacancy Details
Bed and Vacancy Details
Approximate number of beds at this level of care 5
Vacancy No
Impending vacancy No
Premium Room Charges No
MOH Certification and Audit Report View MOH certification and audit report (opens in a new tab)
Extra admission requirements due to COVID-19 Yes
Updated: 12 Aug 2022
Type Hours Per Week Status Details
Registered Nurse Yes A registered nurse is available 24/7.
Physiotherapist Yes On-site 2 days per week.
Occupational Therapist Negotiable We have a contract with a Balclutha based Occupational Therapist to service needs of our district.
Social Worker (on site) Negotiable Social Worker can be accessed from Balclutha should you wish to discuss any matters.
Activities Co-ordinator Yes On-site Monday Thursday Friday 2 hours minimum per day. Individual and group activities. Members of community are encouraged to join with us. Activities managed by a qualified Diversional Therapist
Hairdresser Yes Six weekly visits, including perms and all other hairdressing services.
Podiatrist Yes Six weekly visits from Knox podiatry where resident needs and patients from the community are attended too.
Dietitian Negotiable Dietitian is available to discuss any matters or concerns.
Kaumatua Negotiable Local Maori advisor.
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes We have easy access to local ministers, calling weekly and when required.
Other Personnel Yes On site General Practitioner, Practice Nurse, District Nurse, Manager.
Updated: 4 Jan 2018
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise
Specialities or Areas of Expertise Status Details
Oxygen Management Yes Close relationship with Southern District Health Board.
End of Life/Palliative Care Yes Ongoing relationship with Hospice which may allow us to manage your palliative care requirements in our peaceful surroundings. .
Continence Advice Yes District Nurse will contact specialist at Southern District Health Board when required.
Surgical Followup Yes GP Inpatient Bed (low level hospital care) available for convalesencing.
Community Health Yes Medical Centre attached to rest home building and a range of services operate from the premises, e.g. District Nursing, meals on wheels, personal cares, home help.
Updated: 2 Aug 2010
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
Subsidised Yes
Booking can be made in advance Yes
Updated: 20 Mar 2013
Feature Status Details
May Bring Own Furniture Yes We encourage residents to bring their own furniture to help them create their own space.
Single Rooms Yes Five single rest home rooms.
Ensuite No No, however as in a domestic setting, our five residents have easy access to the two toilets opposite their rooms.
Alcohol Permitted Yes Care and consideration must be given to other residents and staff.
Phone Access In Own Room Yes At resident's own cost. We have a portable phone that can be used in privacy of resident's own room or our sitting room.
Resident can adjust heating in own room Yes
Cater for under 65 yrs with Disability Yes
Lounges/seating areas Yes We have a large domestic size communal lounge with SkyTV, sunny with french doors opening out into a conservatory with wonderful views of our beautiful garden and surrounding hills and farmland.
Primary Health Funded Short Term Care No However, due to the flexible funding we receive, we are able to provide two GP Inpatient Beds for short term care.
Day Programme for day stay clients Yes
Outings Yes Outings are planned when possible with picnics and visits to families in surrounding towns. We have a community van with wheelchair facility.
Whanau Room Yes We are able to provide a one bedroomed flat attached to the rest home which allows you to be handy to your loved one. Full cooking facilities available, laundry, separate bathroom, separate bedroom. No charge for short term use.
Policy for management of challenging behaviour Yes
Confused Residents Yes We will do our utmost to provide suitable care for a confused resident, referring in need to our General Practitioner. Registered Nurse visits residents daily and along with caregivers is able to observe closely any change in health.
Rural Setting Yes Definitely, you can not get better than this tranquil, peaceful setting.
Smoking Permitted Yes Outside in a designated area.
Updated: 14 Jul 2011
Special Features
Special Features
Our residents start off the day with breakfast in bed and get up basically when they feel like it. They are not rushed or forced to be out of bed at a certain time.

Residents can now sit out in our newly build conservatory,no matter what the weather is like.

We provide a family atmosphere in our renovated cottage hospital that welcomes families to join us for a chat and a cup of tea.
Updated: 6 Dec 2010
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Activity programme, BBQ, Advocate (can be accessed on request), , Big print books, Board games, Bowls, Breakfast in bed, Cards, Church, Classical Music, Craft, , Entertainment, Exercises, Garden, Games, Holidays, Housie, Jigsaw, Movies, Music, Newspaper reading, Organ, Outings, Parties, Quizzes, Reading, Senior Citizens, Sky TV, Womens Institute
Updated: 4 Mar 2010
Additional Information
Additional Information
Topic Details
Details about meals We employ a cook so we have lovely home cooked meals and baking
Updated: 4 Mar 2010
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
Afrikaans Yes GP
Dutch Yes GP
English Yes
German Yes GP - slightly
Interpreter Yes If you require an interpreter, please advise us of your needs.
Updated: 2 Dec 2013
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Anglican Yes
Inter denominational Yes
Methodist Yes
Non denominational Yes
Presbyterian Yes
Roman Catholic Yes
(Other comments) Yes Elim Church
Updated: 4 Mar 2010
Location Distance Details
Shops 1.00 Km Several coffee shops and craft/gift shops available.
Library 1.00 Km We are well serviced with a library and information Centre - mobile library visits frequently.
Updated: 4 Mar 2010
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
Care Association New Zealand Yes
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Yes
Care Association New Zealand New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA)
Updated: 26 Apr 2016

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