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Dunblane Lifecare
Retirement Villages ('Purchase')
178 Rutene Road
Gisborne 4010
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Make your home at Dunblane Lifecare & Village

When it comes to everyday life, Dunblane makes it easy with village, rest home, hospital, respite, day and palliative care. We also have the largest secure dementia care unit in the region. The well-appointed rooms look out onto our award-winning gardens and come complete with WiFi and a call bell system.

Built on the site of the historic Dunblane Home, the facility is set amongst landscaped gardens just a hop, skip and jump from the local shopping centre where you’ll find all the essentials including a pharmacy and a supermarket.

We offer everything from physiotherapy to podiatry, hairdressing and health checks. We have a range of recreational activities including gardening, exercise programmes, church services, a Matariki celebration and social gatherings. Our facility van is also always on hand for outings.

But don’t just take our word for it, see what our resident Ted has to say...

Before retirement, Ted was a Farm Manager and then Caretaker of the school near Tolaga Bay where Faye was Principal. They met in High School and the rest is history.

They moved to Dunblane because Faye was having trouble getting round like she used to. It’s a bit of a Goldilocks story really because the first retirement place they looked at, people didn’t seem to care. In the second, the villas were too close together but here, everything was spot on. “There’s plenty of space and we’ve even got an internal garage.”

Not only that but Ted was encouraged by the staff to make his vege garden bigger and he’s got a bumper crop this year which he may just share. “Everyone’s so warm and friendly, they’re lovely to talk to and we’re so handy to everything.”

And while Ted tells us they share the cooking now, Faye is happy knowing that if they needed to be fed, the facilities are there. “We know if anything went wrong, the staff would be there straight away to help us out, they really look out for you.”

What does a better every day mean to these two? Well to Ted, it means ‘you’re not alone because the people here are very caring’ and to Faye ‘you wake up every day and enjoy yourself.’ With all the laughter going on, that certainly seems to be the case here.
Upcoming Open Days
Upcoming Open Days
No open days are currently scheduled.
'I went to all the places in Gisborne and just loved Dunblane - I decided it was the place for me on the spot! The staff are lovely, helpful and polite. What I like is the friendliness - everyone is on the same level, we're like sisters. My youngest son told me when I moved in "Mum I am so happy for you to be here" It's the best decision I ever made. - Rae Comperthwaite, Dunblane Village Resident

Ted and I would like to say to you all, “thank you for being so warm and friendly”. It has been a massive change of venue for us and we were dreading having to do it but now we are smiling. The staff are warm and helpful, the neighbours have made us feel welcome. We have found the village an exciting new place to view and look forward to discovering new facets of it as we settle in. We are now on our way to visit Rotorua (not something planned a week ago) Thank you all for caring about us we really appreciate it. Ted and Faye.

It's absolutely wonderful! We're both still busy, but enjoy the friendliness and safety of being part of the village . Bill needed some medical attention - I pressed the button and nurses came running. Financially it's excellent, we get the pension but can live life with quality. I love hearing the mower going knowing I don't have to do it! They allowed us to bring our dog so she can live out her life with us. No one is overwhelming, you have your autonomy but we all help each other out. - Nona & Bill, Dunblane Village Residents

Updated: 14 May 2018
Agent's Details
Agent's Details
Address 178 Rutene Rd
City/Town Gisborne
Phone 06 867 4759
Fax 068674757
Mobile 021 837 058
Email View Email Address
Updated: 24 Jun 2021
Personnel & Services
Personnel & Services
Personnel / Service Hours Per Week Status Details
Hairdresser Negotiable We have a regular visiting hairdresser at our rest home which cottage residents are free to make an appointment with if necessary. Normal charges apply.
Podiatrist Negotiable We have a regular visiting podiatrist at our rest home which cottage residents are free to make an appointment with if necessary. Normal charges apply.
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Negotiable We have visits from various different religious groups and services are held on a regular basis for the Village residents. Village residents are also able to attend services held in the rest home or hospital.
Activities Co-ordinator Yes We have an activities coordinator in our rest home and hospital complex on site and Cottage residents are free to join in with the activities programme at any time.
Meals - Available On-site Negotiable Cottage residents can order a meal from the rest home for a small cost but need to book in advance.
Updated: 14 May 2018
Facility Features
Facility Features
Feature Status Details
Social/Recreational Programme Yes This is as part of our resthome and hospital activities programme.
Pets In Residence Yes We currently have cats
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes We currently have options to negotiate cat on premises
Outings Yes The Dunblane group of facilities has its own van for outings.
Library Yes The resthome and hospital complex has visits from the local library on a monthly basis.
Games Room Yes Pool table and theatre room available in the complex and conference room for workshop or getherings is available upon request
Gardens Yes Each of the cottages has its own garden area, our gardeners will help you tend to these. Our resthome and hospital complex has fabulous award winning gardens which Village residents are free to enjoy at any time.
Updated: 14 May 2018
Special Features
Special Features
At Dunblane we are very proud of our lovely gardens with interesting layout and fabulous plantings for which we continue to win awards.

We have sunny courtyards for residents to sit in to enjoy the gardens and all are encouraged to get out and about to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

The staff welcome and invite the families to come along and particpate in the care of their family member.
Updated: 14 May 2018
Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Activity programme, Advocate, Age Concern, Alzheimer's Society, Arthritis society, BBQ, Big print books, Blind Foundation, Board games, Care and Craft, Children, Classical Music, Concerts, Craft, Dancing, Exercises, Entertainers, Fax, Flower arranging, Games, Happy Hour, Holidays, Jigsaw, Library, Music, Newspaper reading, Outings, Parkinson's Society, Parties, Pastoral care, Pianist, Picnic facilities, Quizzes, Reading, Roses, RSA, Rotary, Senior Citizens, Shopping, Singing, Stroke Group, Vegetarian, Videos, Views
Updated: 14 May 2018
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
English Yes
French Yes
Maori - Te Reo Yes
Rarotongan Yes
Updated: 14 May 2018
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Baptist Yes
Inter denominational Yes We have regular services held in our rest home and dementia unit from a variety of differnet religious groups.
(Other comments) No We will endevour to provide for all nationalilties through working with personal and or community contacts
Updated: 14 May 2018
Location Distance Details
Public Transport Bus stop over the road
Shops 0.90 Km Chemist, doctors, hairdresser, dairy and fish and chip shop
Mall 1.00 Km Dairy, supermarket, WINZ, liquor shop, Lotto shop and chemist all close by. Also the centre of town has a wide range of shops and is approximately a 20 minute walk away or a short bus ride.
Parks 1.50 Km Bird avairy is on site. Anzac park is a 15 walk away and has a lovely river walk.
Library We have a monthly visit from the local library.
Updated: 14 May 2018
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
Home and Community Health Association Yes
National Certificate in Diversional Therapy Yes
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Yes
Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA) Yes
Home and Community Health Association New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA)
Updated: 14 May 2018

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